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Ulysses S. Grant Home

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Address: 500 Bouthillier St, Galena, IL 61036
Phone Number: 815 777 3310
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This Italianate-style brick house, with original furnishings, looks very...

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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Great short tour

My 6 year old daughter and I toured the Grant home. 15 minute tour by well versed guides. Lots of original items in the home. Hey, if my daughter enjoyed it, then so did I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Rochester, MN
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Rochester, MN
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116 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My 6 year old daughter and I toured the Grant home. 15 minute tour by well versed guides. Lots of original items in the home. Hey, if my daughter enjoyed it, then so did I! Love the short duration of the tour, even kids can hang in there for it.

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Brookfield, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was at least our third visit to the Grant home. The guides do a good job describing both the house and Grant's family life. With many original furnishings and period-appropriate additions, you really get a feel for what it was like to live in the house in Grant's time. The upstairs portion of the tour can be a bit... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After many years of driving by, I finally stopped. So glad I did. Our guide was fantastic, friendly and very knowledgeable. It's fascinating that almost all of the house is furnished as it was, with the original furniture, when President Grant and his family lived here. I didn't realize how interesting the house was going to be. The state's doing... More 

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Brookfield, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really enjoyed this step back in history at the U.S. Grant Home. 90% of the furnishings are from when President Grant owned the home, so it is authentic and fascinating. The donation to enter was minimal and it was well worth it. The tour was partially guided, and our guide was delightful and knowledgeable. Wonderful place to stop if... More 

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Lake Mills, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth the nominal admission fee to learn about a relatively unknown president. The house and furnishing are well maintained and the dedicated staff give a great tour. This is the second time I have visited the house and I would go back again.

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Rock Island, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The guides were fabulous. A lot of interesting history. I would recommend couples and families attend this quaint tour.

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Oak Lawn, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Full of history. it is a nice place to visit on a nice day. there are a few places to walk to, sit and enjoy the quiet setting, etc. just don't interrupt those women that speak there. they get a little upset if you linger too long.

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Huntley, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

This was a fun, short tour through a house that is very well preserved. We thought it was really cool that 90% of the furniture and objects in the house did actually belong to the Grant family. I liked also that you get to see pretty much all of the house (unlike Jefferson's home, where you can't go upstairs). It... More 

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Freeport, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

Went with my class junior year of HS after we studied Grant and the history of the civil war. Neat place and cool to see the history of Galena and envision it back in the 1800's

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Oregon, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

We enjoyed the tour. The price was good for admission. I think we paid five bucks each. It was neat to see all the original Grant Family furniture and household items. Imagine the bedpan that Grant actually used? I would say about 80% or more of the items in the home belonged to Grant or his children. This place was... More 

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