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Ulysses S. Grant Home

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Really well done slice of history.

Our guide was a woman who clearly knew her stuff. The house is incredibly well preserved and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sharon D
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Rochester, Minnesota
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The tour was interesting and informative. The tour can be as long or short as you’d like. Evelyn... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
angelay483
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Aurora, Illinois
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This Italianate-style brick house, with original furnishings, looks very much as it did in 1865 when a group of townspeople presented it as a gift to Ulysses S. Grant on his victorious return from the Civil War.
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500 Bouthillier St, Galena, IL 61036-2704
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our guide was a woman who clearly knew her stuff. The house is incredibly well preserved and beautiful.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Sharon D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tour was interesting and informative. The tour can be as long or short as you’d like. Evelyn was a fantastic guide.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank angelay483
Reviewed November 4, 2018

We enjoyed the tour very much--we knew very little about President Grant before--and were very impressed with him after we learned about what he accomplished. The tour was also special when you find out that 90% of the homes furnishing that you see are original...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

I have visited several presidential homes and this tour is on par with all others in my view. The volunteers were well versed and a tad robotic given the repeatedness of their presentations but it did not take away from the tour. Tour well worth...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

Our tour of Grant's home in Galena Illinois was awesome! The home is really interesting and beautiful! Our tour guide was awesome and very knowledgeable. We will visit again.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 1, 2018

The tour of Grant's home is a must-do if you are in Galena. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and able to answer questions that aren't part of a script (unlike another house tour in town). The home is filled with authentic furniture, paintings and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 28, 2018

I usually tour Grants home every chance I get while in Galena. October 26th was not exception. The tour is packed with history, Grant, his family and their love of Galena. Most of the home is the original from when Grant and his family lived...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 22, 2018

Very informative tour of the Grant's home. We got to see every room in the house. They had some of the original furniture. A very unique look into the past!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank starx311
Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

A very nice visit. Guides are very informational. Nice tours and all they request is a donation. So nice to see actual furnishings and items from General Grants life.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Brian K
Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

We went for a tour on a Saturday morning around 11. Free parking is available in a few lots nearby. The line for the tour is outside on the porch. We had to wait about a half hour. They allow 15 people per tour and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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JetteC89
August 11, 2017|
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Response from bigcountry1991 | Reviewed this property |
We went in the morning at 10 am it was about an hour
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skimlatte
March 20, 2017|
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Response from Suedrs | Reviewed this property |
There are a number of steps from the street below. There is a very small parking lot next to the building next door or you could go s drop off. The stairs inside the house to the second floor are narrow and slightly steep... More
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Sherri M
March 24, 2016|
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Response from AdvoChampion | Reviewed this property |
Donations...but may as well be a charge as you could get some stink eye for not throwing anything in the pot.
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December visit (20 Replies)
We would like some advice on areas around Chicago to visit using a rental car after a car less visit to Chicago itself. Thinking of these as possibles Hoover Library at West Branch, maybe Lincoln House and museum Springfield Ford museum and library Ann Arbor/ Grand Rapids Lake Geneva Ulysses S. Grant Home Galena any wineries in the areas hikes etc thanks
July 10, 2018|
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Lake Geneva in December? Not the best option. Same for wineries.