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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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Great prints and summaries of civil war battles

We especially enjoyed an exhibit of prints of Currier & Ives paintings depicting Civil War battles. With each print there was a brief description of the battle and the general... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Tanzan13
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Warrenville, Illinois
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Warrenville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We especially enjoyed an exhibit of prints of Currier & Ives paintings depicting Civil War battles. With each print there was a brief description of the battle and the general leading it. We bought the set of postcard size for our grandson who is interested in the Civil War. This was the highlight of my visit to Galena.

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Rush City, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016

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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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016

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 August 14, 2016 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 August 3, 2016

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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Chicago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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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