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The Old Blacksmith Shop

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Hand-made as I watched and waited...

My husband and I and another couple (all of us from the Kansas City area) were spending a few days... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Robin68707274
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Tonganoxie, Kansas, USA
Excellent Demonstrations of a working Blacksmith

In previous trips to Galena, we've either come during the off season or on days the Blacksmith was... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Chris E
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Bartlett, Illinois, United States
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Historical, working blacksmith shop/museum in Galena. We are open to the public from May through October, with shop hours of 10am-4pm Friday through Monday. Stop in and see how Smiths worked back in Galena's heyday.
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245 N Commerce St, Galena, IL 61036-2211
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I and another couple (all of us from the Kansas City area) were spending a few days in Galena. We weren't sure what we would see or learn when we went to the Blacksmith Shop and we were pleasantly surprised. Not only...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In previous trips to Galena, we've either come during the off season or on days the Blacksmith was closed. This year we were there when they were open and made the effort to get downtown before they opened. We go great street parking and walked...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Chris E
Galena H, Front Office Manager at The Old Blacksmith Shop, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! We are so happy you enjoyed your experience, we hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We all enjoyed watching the blacksmiths display their craft but we were really impressed by the teaching of the science behind the craft.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Galena H, Front Office Manager at The Old Blacksmith Shop, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We appreciate your comments and review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed June 30, 2019 via mobile

Nice to see the blacksmith's still working metal into cool souvenirs. Workers were very informative about the blacksmith process.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank John A
Reviewed June 24, 2019

It was an interesting find at the end of the Levee path. The Levee path can quickly allow you to walk the length of town, take a break at the Old Blacksmith shop to sit and have an educational moment with live action demonstrations. Then,...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Tim S
Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

It was fun to see a blacksmith at work & have someone explain how their work was done. They sell the items made in the gift shop.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed August 21, 2018

First time I had been in there. The gentlemen are very knowlegdeable. Great place to drop off the husband and go shopping for a couple hours! :)

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 21, 2018

Built in 1897 by Louis C. Readel, the Old Blacksmith Shop in Galena, Illinois, housed Readel's thriving blacksmith, farrier and wheelwright trade until his death in 1920. During Galena's glory days, the demand for services provided by blacksmiths was so strong that at one time...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Taylor B
Reviewed August 20, 2018

This was only open on Friday the week we stayed in Galena. I was hoping to see the blacksmith make some wrought iron product. Unfortunately it was not busy enough. The tour guide gave us some great information on how this use to be one...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank David S
Reviewed August 12, 2018

Enjoyed learning a little about the history of the shop and watching a fire poker being created. Although it was a hot day, we were surprised that it wasn't much hotter inside. We were disappointed that there were no items to purchase in the gift...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Elizabeth N
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