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Ulysses S. Grant Home

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A great history lesson

Very interesting history lesson… His wife was the first real first lady that wrote her own press... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Educational and Quick

We learned a lot about Grant and his family. The tour guide was knowledgeable and helpful. Not... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Bloomington, 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
+1 815-777-3310
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Reviewed 4 days ago 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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Reviewed 5 days ago

It was nice to see, but the tour of the house itself is not self guided, you need to wait on the porch until someone comes to do the tour, the sign says 5-10 minutes, but it sure seemed a lot longer. overall it was...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We learned a lot about Grant and his family. The tour guide was knowledgeable and helpful. Not handicap accessible unfortunately.

Thank dustyzz75
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one place that should not be missed when it comes to Galena. Take the trolley tour which covers this, the Dowling House and the Belvedere Mansion. It is worth the time. There are many things of interest in this home--all historical.

Thank Rhonda W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our first stop in Galena. This giuded tour of President Grants home us a must see for all ages. The home has nearly all of the original furnishings and what has been replaced is authentic to it's time. Walk the same halls as...More

Thank Vicki M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a very enjoyable tour. The tour guide made it especially interesting. She was very knowledgeable. Don’t mistake the future site of the Grant museum with his house (we almost did). There are steps to climb. Admission cost is a suggested donation of $5....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a very thorough tour by knowledgeable, enthusiastic guides, showing us all of the rooms. 90% of the furnishings are original!

Thank dot52015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked right up and were able to get in at the next scheduled "start" time. At the start, guests view a short video by actors portraying President and Mrs. Grant. It kind of set the stage for the led and self-directed tour to follow....More

Thank SteverinoKenosha
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very educated and interesting Docent. Interesting history. Visit was included with our weekend tour.

Thank Birding100
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a wonderful home to visit (in a really cute little town). The town gave the home to the Grants after he moved to Galena after leaving the White House. The Grants lived here off and on, but the house has always stayed in...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
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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.