We have a better feeling about U.S. Grant after this trip to Galena. He was a family man! Loved seeing the Grant home and appreciated how simply he lived. We had a beautiful walk from town, across the bridge and up the hill. Surprisingly, we were the only visitors on a cold and drizzly day. Our tour guide had memorized her "talk" and was not very animated. I am hard of hearing and got the "look" twice, once when I inadvertently interrupted her, and again when I asked her a question that she had already answered. Of course, she didn't know about my disability so it's not really fair to find fault. The tour is definitely worth the donation fee, but I would hope that if children were on the tour, a child-friendly guide would be available to spark a child-like interest in history. If you do come with children, make sure and visit the second building to check out the small exhibit of pets all the President have had.
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