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Ulysses S. Grant Home

500 Bouthillier St, Galena, IL 61036-2704
+1 815-777-3310
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Tour guide was very knowledgable. It was part with a tour guide, part self guided and ended with... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Frank Z
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Stoughton
Go here. Bring the kids.

Even youngsters will learn something useful about President Grant. You will be surprised 10 days... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
irishiiis
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Chicago, 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.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good29%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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500 Bouthillier St, Galena, IL 61036-2704
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"suggested donation"
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"white house"
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"piece of history"
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"american history"
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"quick tour"
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"the kitchen"
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"front porch"
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"self guided"
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"nice tour"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Tour guide was very knowledgable. It was part with a tour guide, part self guided and ended with the tour guide. Such pleasant people!

Thank Frank Z
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Even youngsters will learn something useful about President Grant. You will be surprised 10 days later when they make a casual reference to the tour, proving they DID listen despite looking bored beyond words.

Thank irishiiis
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There are ongoing tours every 10-15 minutes during hours. Our tour guide was lively and informative. It is a great tour for families to see a taste of what life was like and a snapshot of Grant's life. Short and sweet and then you get...More

Thank Susan R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour just adds to the whole Galena experience .Make sure you stop by the Galena welcome center. Many interesting things on display about General and President Grant . I personally have a watercolor painting don e by Joyce Elliot of Grants home. I love...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed the short, partially self-directed tour of Grant's home. There are original furniture pieces that the Grants owned, incuding a chair President Grant used in the White House. It's a very short tour, maybe 20 minutes, but worth it if you have the time.

Thank Donette Z
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definitely a good stop when you're in the area! The tour is a combination of guided and self-guided, and the staff is very knowledgeable! Our experience lasted less than 30 minutes, which allowed us to continue our visit in the area.

Thank Sandi E
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful house, knowledgeable tour guide. Nice view from the property. Tours start every 10 minutes or so. We didn’t have to wait long and just happened to time it so my husband and I had a private tour.

Thank L1164
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not a bad tour considering it's free. They do request you make a donation though but aren't pushy about it. Good history and all but it turns out that Grant didn't live here very much. If you don't care about that, it was very nice...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You wait on the porch for your tour guide - we waited about 3 minutes. The tour guide was an elderly local woman who added personal, hilarious anecdotes to the tour script. She was a hoot! The home and its furnishings were amazing! You got...More

Thank Patricia S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the tour. The tour guide was very informative and funny. Just give a small donation. You can also take a quick walk over the an old log cabin from there.

Thank Jacquie H
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Jette C
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
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skimlatte
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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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.
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