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One of Galena's top attractions is the home of the 18th president of the United States—Ulysses S. Grant. On August 18, 1865, the citizens of Galena presented the Civil War hero with this thoughtfully furnished home located on Bouthillier Street. It was a gift for his war service. In 1904, the home was opened to the public and has been operating as a memorial to his legacy ever since. Historians and visitors appreciate that about 90 percent of the interior furnishings are original pieces.
Constructed in 1860, the Grant family home was designed by William Dennison in the Italianate style. Similar to other houses constructed in this architectural design, it features clearly defined rectangular shapes, projecting eaves, low pitched roofs, and balustraded balconies that extend over covered porches.
The U.S. Grant Home is a National Historic Landmark owned by the state of Illinois and managed by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. It is open Wednesday through Sunday with hours of operation varying depending on the season. The link below shares opening hours, group prices, and tour information. The suggested donation is $5 per adult and $3 per child. Tours last about 30 minutes.
Cover image by Ron Cogswell is licensed under (CC BY 2.0).