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Old Market House State Historic Site

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Address: 123 N Commerce St, Galena, IL 61036-2209
Phone Number: 815 777 3310
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Vendors peddled their wares at this Greek Revival Market House in the 19th...

Vendors peddled their wares at this Greek Revival Market House in the 19th century, which now hosts changing exhibits, meetings and special events.

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Excellent Place to Begin your Galena Journey

Very helpful people! A great collection of information on the life of US Grant. They gave us great input as to where to visit and great directions to local wineries. They have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
150jeff1953
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Rush City, Minnesota
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Rush City, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very helpful people! A great collection of information on the life of US Grant. They gave us great input as to where to visit and great directions to local wineries. They have brochures on where to stay, where to eat and what to see. Don't hessitate to ask the folks in the center for advice.

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Rush City, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Ladies working here were extremely helpful. Great history about US Grant. Make the stop here first to get info on places to visit and eat. Also super clean rest rooms.

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Appleton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We did not know about this site, until we took the trolley ride and rode past it, as it is not on the main street of town. But we are so happy we visited it....so much history and wonderful artifacts dealing with President Grant...and things that he and Mrs. Grand actually owned.

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Thank Judy B
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The owner's served us so very attentively and the food put it over the top in excellence. The ribs were succulent and savory.

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Ellisville, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a nice surprise here. Almost like a welcome center with really lots of cool president grant memorabilia. Folks working the desk knew everything there that was to know about galena. Lots of brochures of the area to pick up. Very friendly. The massive president grant displays have items from the grant family that only will be found at this... More 

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Hammond, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

if you ant to learn about and see things of president grant this is the place. they have the worlds largest collection.

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Arthur, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

The Old Market House is also Galena's Welcome Center and it is very welcoming. There is a huge collection of Grant items as well as items related to the city. There is a very nice display of items related to the annual Boy Scout Pilgramage in the entrance.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

I liked going here ..it was clean , and inviting and there are displays to see inside the building ...the location is good, parking was fine and it was a nice starting point to our visit of Galena.

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Thank Ainteasy
Chicago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

If you're into Civil War and/or President Grant history, this is a great place to visit. They have a interesting collection of memorabilia,artifacts and paintings and it us free. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. They also have tourist information.

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Iowa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

My family and I have visited The Old Market House several times on our various trips to Galena, and I have found every single time that we go, no one behind the desk will speak to you. There is no greeting when you walk in the door, no questions as to whether you need assistance or advice. Nothing! The ladies... More 

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