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Ulysses S. Grant Home

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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 2 days ago
Aurora, Illinois
Nice to visit and learn about this president that I didn't know much about

We enjoyed the tour very much--we knew very little about President Grant before--and were very... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Pewaukee, Wisconsin
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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
+1 815-777-3310
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Reviewed 2 days ago

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

Thank angelay483
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank TravelingChief
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank Ginger T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Steigenberger592
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank travelprincess72
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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!

Thank starx311
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

Thank Brian K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

Thank Amy_WDM
Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

Very interesting history lesson… His wife was the first real first lady that wrote her own press release! Julia Dent Grant was The first president’s wife to be called the First Lady. She was the daughter of a slave owner and she married the son...More

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12 August 2017|
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Response from bigcountry1991 | Reviewed this property |
We went in the morning at 10 am it was about an hour
20 March 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
Sherri M
24 March 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.