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- Dennis was a great tour guide. It was very interesting and entertaining. The entire property is a great destination. We enjoyed the feel of the bar area. Very comfortable and delicious cocktails.Written August 16, 2022
- A wonderful guide took us through. Very knowledgeable and friendly impressive that 90% of furnishings are original. A valuable addition to Galena trip.Written August 10, 2022
- Loved this show! It was the perfect amount of time and PT is hilarious. Not to mention, a very talented magician. The show is kid friendly and he did a great job of getting all kids involved.Written August 14, 2022
- Whenever we visit Galena, one of our first stops always is the Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum. Located at 211 South Bench Street, a block off Main Street, the stately 1858 Italianate mansion houses 6,000 square feet of exhibits, artifacts, paintings and memorabilia related to Ulysses S. Grant, the Civil War and the history of Galena as a maritime center and one of the nation's leading producers of lead. The centerpiece of the museum is "Peace in Union," the original 9-foot by 12-foot painting by Thomas Nast depicting General Robert E. Lee's surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox in 1865. One trivia note: Nast included General George Custer among the observers. But Custer wasn't present. Other items of note include a history of the nine Civil War generals who came from Galena, one of Grant's cigar butts and one of his boots and ties, a genuine lead mine shaft, an 1858 Port of Galena exhibit depicting the steamboats that visited Galena on a regular basis and the Union flag that was raised atop the courthouse in Vicksburg after Grant's troops seized the city in 1863. Also letters written by soldiers on the battlefield to their loved ones at home. And a large layout depicting how Galena and the surrounding area looked in the 1850s and 1860s when Galena was larger than Chicago and was one of the country's most thriving communities.Written August 3, 2022
- Nice walk across the bridge from the Galena City office, or we also drove by as we were leaving (down the hill from Grants Home). It has a nice walking area and quiet area for a stroll. Nice place to stretch one's legs.Written August 14, 2022
- Beautiful waterfalls with a nice viewing platform area. Great place for a quick stop to get out stretch your legs for a few moments.Written July 31, 2022
- Located at 1679 North Blackjack Road, off U.S. Highway 20, at the eastern gateway to the historic community of Galena, Horseshoe Mound is one of the most scenic properties in all of northern Illinois. Visitors can explore the 200-acre preserve, hike, picnic, learn about geology and enjoy a panoramic view of Galena, the Mississippi River and three states--Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. Open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, Horseshoe Mound has been open to the public since 2014. Thanks to a land acquisition in 2018, a new overlook, the Spiroff Overlook, which is located north on the trail from the main parking circle, is available to hikers. A trail now winds through a restored oak savanna and unique rock outcroppings to stunning views of the surrounding countryside, downtown Galena and beyond into Iowa and Wisconsin. A booklet is available at the kiosk that tells about the history, geology and natural wonders of Galena and the Driftless Area and its hills and valleys in Jo Daviess County that were formed during the last Ice Age.Written August 5, 2022
- We stopped here on our visit to Galena. The presentation was excellent as we watched the blacksmith create a tool while he gave us great information about blacksmithing back in the day. Informative and entertaining! Very glad we stopped in here!Written August 10, 2022
- We had a very fun tour with Susan and two other couples in the afternoon on a rainy day. She was very knowledgeable about the history of the house and we had a very nice tour. She also knows a lot about Galena in general and what is going on in the town.Written June 10, 2022
- I know photographic composition, and Geoffrey certainly has the talent and eye for photography. His Dad was very friendly and helpful. And we could simply good not leave without purchasing a piece. Surprised we did not come out with more. Buying Geoffrey's work is not charity. It's an investment.Written August 10, 2022
- There's not a lot of pamphlets/brochures, but enough to help you get around Galena and have a fun visit. The young gal at the info desk was very patient with questions w/each patron and gave lots of info.Written June 14, 2021
- On a gorgeous August afternoon, we stopped in to taste some wine and enjoy sitting outside on this beautiful property. The very friendly employees invited our dogs inside the lovely tasting room on leashes, which made us so happy. It's hard to find places in Galena with dog-friendly places to eat and drink, even outside.
My husband and I really love tasting wine from small vineyards, so we always buy two wine tastings and share sips of multiple wines. Although we are partial to dry reds, we loved the jalapeno white which is used in their Bloody Marys. We ordered two of those delicious drinks and sat out on the wrap-around porch overlooking a fabulous view.
In addition, we bought the Sangarita, a white wine that tastes like a margarita. Add some of the jalapeno white to that, and you have one spicy wine beverage! We bought several bottles, mostly of the whites and the fixings for their Bloody Mary's. The view from the wraparound porch was just spectacular.
This was such a wonderful experience, with the welcoming staff, delicious wines, and beautiful setting. Other guests were very friendly, and we are so happy to live only two hours away. We will definitely be back!Written August 14, 2022
- The sculptures were a lot of fun to look at, and the artist was very friendly. Make sure to pick up a brochure to read more about the pieces. I’m headed to the area again next week, and am planning to make another visit.Written August 9, 2022
- We picked a cold day to walk at Casper Bluff Land and Water Reserve - but it was beautiful and awesome to see the Thunderbird effigy.Written February 23, 2022
- Ordinarily, the place to begin a visit to Galena, Illinois, is the Old Market House, which serves as the historic town's welcome center. Located at 123 North Commerce Street, a block from Main Street, which is Galena's mecca for restaurants and specialty shops and art galleries and boutiques and bookstores, the brick building in the Greek Revival style was built in 1845 and once served as city hall and enclosed a farmer's market. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. In past years, my wife and I always stopped at the welcome center to obtain up-to-date information on events and new restaurants and bed-and-breakfasts and specialty shops and browse through the many historical exhibits, artifacts and memorabilia. So imagine our disappointment when we arrived in Galena for our recent three-day getaway only to discover that the welcome center was closed for "revitalization" with no date for reopening. One thing is for certain: Galena is the kind of town that needs a welcome center to provide tourists with information on what to see and when to see it and where to eat and where to sleep. Surely, the new version of the Old Market House or Galena Welcome Center will provide it. As it always has in the past.Written August 3, 2022