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Galena Welcome Center

Old Market House State Historic Site
123 N. Commerce St.
Galena, IL 61036
9a.m. – 5p.m. Daily

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Old Stockade on the Cobblestone Street

208 Perry St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815.238.3248
Fax: 815.777.2459


Galena's earliest history comes alive as you research this 1820s log building. The Blackhawk War of 1832 created the need to prepare for an Indian attack. The people of Galena constructed a stockade. Within that fort, the home of Amos and Sophia Gear Farrar was used as a refuge for the women and children of the Galena area.

After the war, it again became Sophia's home. (Amos died in 1832.) In 1884, the home was bought by Margaret Gardner. She researched the house's history, and exposed the original upright timbers so its history would be known. In 1941, Maybelle Rouse inherited her Aunt's house and opened a Tearoom and a Museum. T

he house became known as "The Old Stockade". In 1965, Ruth & Ellsworth Glick became owners and expanded The Museum. Carl & Marilyn Johnson purchased the property in 1998 and began extensive restoration. Carl Johnson art work also available on site.

Saturdays & Sundays 11am-3pm
Admission: Donations appreciated

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