Tag: Historical Site

  • The Belvedere

    The Belvedere is an Italianate mansion built in 1857 and has been considered the finest mansion in Galena. This historic 22-room mansion is truly lavish featuring Victorian furnishings, Liberace’s estate items, ‘Gone with the Wind’ green drapes and more. Guided Tours. Seasonal Pet-Friendly

  • Ulysses S. Grant Home State Historic Site

    Tour the home of the United States 18th president, Ulysses S. Grant! On Aug. 18, 1865, Galena celebrated the return of its Civil War hero Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. Following a jubilant procession with much flag waving and speeches, a group of Galena citizens presented the General with a handsomely furnished house on Read more [...]

  • The Old Blacksmith Shop

    Authentic 1897 blacksmith shop with working forges. Filled with tools and equipment from its 100 year history. Historian on site. The gift shop is well-stocked with Galena-forged items made by our blacksmiths. Come watch the sparks fly at the Old Blacksmith Shop! Open May – October; Friday – Monday; 10 Read more [...]

  • Elihu B. Washburne House State Historic Site

    Elihu B. Washburne was a prominent Galena attorney and later a popular U.S. Congressman (1853-1869), political advisor to Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant and ambassador to France (1869-1877). Visit the Library where General Grant received the election night news via telegraph that he was elected as President. The house Read more [...]

  • Dowling House

    Galena’s oldest house, built of native limestone in 1826 as a trading post and residence. Furnished with primitives and a collection of Galena pottery. Open Seasonally. Attendee Capacity: 30 People Tour Length: 30 Minutes Group Rates Available

  • Apple River Fort State Historic Site

    Today the Apple River Fort State Historic Site, a Black Hawk War landmark, includes both an interpretive center and a reconstruction of the long-vanished fort, competed in 1997 and modeled upon findings of a 1995 archaeological dig. Black Hawk and his warriors attacked the fort on June 24, 1832. His Read more [...]

  • 1876 Banwarth House & Museum

    Step back in time to 1876, when U.S. Grant was president and Queen Victoria ruled the British Empire. Enjoy an informative 40-minute guided tour of the Banwarth family home and experience what everyday life was like during America’s centennial year. The original home was built in 1868 and stood a Read more [...]

  • Gramercy Park

    This 10-acre city park is located on the bluff in East Dubuque overlooking the Mississippi River. As an Illinois Natural Heritage Landmark, this site is home to 26 ceremonial and burial mounds from the Hopewell Native American Culture. Facilities include the Overlook Pavilion (seats approximately 40 people), walking trails, playground, scenic Read more [...]