Kirsten Bell

12 Places to Grab Pizza in Galena Country

It’s cheesy, gooey, hot and saucy! Whether you crave a traditional or exotic slice of Italian pie, Galena Country eateries offer an all-encompassing array of flavors, toppings, crusts and preparations! Ready for those photo-op worthy cheese pulls? Let’s dig in… 

Bottle Shed, Stockton

This quaint, family-friendly store in Stockton offers homemade thin-crust pizza, daily specials, and delicious appetizers such as mac & cheese bites and jalapeno poppers. Choose from 15 toppings to create your perfect pizza, just the way you like it. 

Cannova’s Pizzeria, Galena

Delivering their slices of heaven for many years, Cannova’s specializes in homemade fine Italian cuisine. Give their signature “Typo” pizza a try and they have  the option of a delicious Gluten Free crust too!  

Corner Tap, Stockton 

Choose from thin crust, stuffed Chicago style, or pan pizza! Try the specialty Reuben pizza for a unique twist on the classic sandwich, and enjoy your meal in the outdoor pavilion! 

Dillon’s HM Pizza and Tavern, Galena

This local’s favorite is a short drive from Galena’s Main Street and serves specialty pizza, burgers, and beer. Don’t miss out on their chicken alfredo or BBQ chicken pizza!

Gobbie’s Sports Pub and Eatery, Galena

Delicious pizza, spacious outdoor seating, and irresistible beer nuggets make Gobbie’s a fun place to enjoy a slice while catching the game. Try something new like the Gyro pizza featuring fresh basil, Kalamata olives, gyro meat, and feta cheese. 

JJ & Freddie’s, Stockton

Add your favorite toppings to a specialty “rustic” style crust for a unique and delicious pizza. A cozy atmosphere and friendly service adds to the great experience. 

J.M.’s Tap, Menominee

Off the beaten path, J.M.’s Tap offers a fun small-town ambiance and awesome thin crust pizza. Enjoy their popular specialty BLT pizza!

Jug’s Main Street Tap, Elizabeth

Featuring outdoor seating and live entertainment, Jug’s serves delicious specialty pizza in a fun atmosphere. The crab meat rangoon pizza is a unique must-try for any adventurous pizza fanatic. 

Paradise Bar and Grill, Galena

Located located on Galena’s Main Street, Paradise is famous for their signature Bloody Mary’s and hand tossed pizza crust. Enjoy a delicious specialty taco pizza, and be sure to check out daily lunch and dinner specials!

The Grape Escape, Galena

Relax with a a specialty martini, glass of wine or craft beer over a tasty pizza while enjoying live music at Miss Kitty’s Grape Escape! 

The Summit Bar and Grill, Galena

Enjoying a pizza while watching a gorgeous sunset over the Mississippi River is a one-of-a-kind experience! Dig into a specialty gluten-free cauliflower pizza and the spicy “Inferno” pizza is a must try!  

Thriving Thistle Market and Bistro, Apple River

Fresh, locally sourced ingredients with the option of a gluten free crust make a gourmet pizza from this bistro a delicious choice. For a unique flavor, experience the “Deep Roots” pizza. It’s drizzled with local honey and features Italian sausage, arugula, garlic olive oil sauce, and feta and mozzarella cheese. Yum!

No matter how you slice it, Galena Country has the triangle of cheesy goodness that you’re looking for! Explore more of Galena Country’s amazing dining options in the latest Visitors Guide and while you’re there, check out the awesome lodging choices!

Top Places to Shop for Teens in Galena Country

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Teens have developed their own sense of style, whether it be eco-chic, retro hip or modern casual, they know what they want!

We understand that finding a winner outfit or a “not-so-boring” gift for hard-to-please teens can be tricky… don’t panic, we’ve put together a list of places to shop for “cool stuff”!

Fashion & Accessories 

Clothing means everything when you’re a teenager. Keep your mini-me ahead of the style curve!

Gift Items 

Discover a wide selection of cool, quirky and unique items that are perfect for teen gifts!

Sweet Treats 

You can’t go wrong here… what teenager doesn’t love to snack? Pick up something crispy, glazed, crunchy and sweet!

We may be old but we’re never the same old thing! With these options, even the trendiest of teens will be impressed with your gift-giving skills… you’re welcome!

Plan a one-of-a-kind getaway today, by booking your stay and browsing the digital visitors guide.

12 Sweet Spots in Galena Country

Sweet dreams are made of these! Whether you count chocolate, candy, ice cream or milkshakes as your guilty vice, embark on a taste adventure at these 12 sweet spots in Galena Country.

American old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor, Galena

Galena’s ice cream parlor since 1970, serving homemade waffle cones, floats, shakes & malts, and banana splits. This 1846 shop features original cabinets & old-fashioned fountain and is the perfect spot to dig into a piece of homemade pie with ice cream.

Chocolat’ 229, Galena

This charming candy store features an exceptional collection of European chocolates imported from Belgium, France, Germany and Switzerland. Find the ideal gift or to treat yourself to a sweet indulgence.

Candy Carnival, Galena 

Oh my… sugar high! Choose from a selection of nostalgic candy, taffy, jelly belly’s and more! Take home one of their famous fair food snacks from lemonade shake-ups to delicious cinnamon sugar mini donuts!

Chew Chew Cookies, Galena 

Tempt your tastebuds with fresh-baked confections such as cookies, brownies, orange & cinnamon rolls and bars at this sweet spot! Try a bite of one of the 15 varieties of cookies!

Elle & Becks Coffee & Gelato Bar, Galena 

Grab a scoop of refreshing gelato from this adotable bar tucked inside Elle & Becks home and fashion boutique! Browse the latest in fashion and accessories while savoring your delicious scoop!

Galena’s Kandy Kitchen, Galena

Fresh homemade candy for 45 years. Fill a bag with candy treats from barrels and glass candy jars, like saltwater taffy and Jelly Bellys. Ths signature items being the “Georgie”, a turtle candy made-from-scratch. Fans also swoon for the chocolate-covered strawberries, dipped in quality chocolate!

Great American Popcorn Company, Galena 

For a crunchy munch, pick from more than 60 flavors of gourmet popcorn, popped and seasoned in small fresh batches. Try the cookies & cream or cherry cheesecake for some sugary goodness! That’s not all… check out their wide selection of ice cream, chocolates and candies!  

Klein’s Market Bakery, Galena 

The smell of fresh cinnamon rolls, loaves of poppy seed or lemon bread and homemade pies with lure you into this family owned bakery. The inventory goes quickly, so don’t wait too late into the afternoon to visit.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Galena

This store permeates odors of sweet caramel and chocolate, naturally tempting one to stop in and sample the numerous varieties of fudge and chocolate made on site. Watch delicious treats being crafted on the spot including caramel apples dipped in a traditional copper kettle. Try their giant chocolate chip cookies dipped in chocolate!

Root Beer Revelry, Galena

Hard-to-find root beers and craft sodas from around the country fill shelf after shelf at this this old fashioned root beer shop, serving varieties of the delicious, historic beverage in bottles and on tap. Their selection of root beer can also be enjoyed over ice cream. Change up your float with a gourmet flavor of your choice, like orange cream, key lime or black cherry.

Sweet Alice’s, Stockton 

Sporting a unique Alice in Wonderland theme, this charming store offers professionally made and designed chocolates and other treats such as The Berkeleys, Traighton’s Truffles, and Kylie’s Caramels. If you however are more of a “candy person”, you can bag your own gummy candies, licorice, wax bottles, etc., too! It’s a trip down memory lane for some who remember the old candy stores.

Three Sisters Sweet Shoppe, Elizabeth

For the perfect indulgence on a hot summer’s day, enjoy a hand dipped ice cream from this delightful store! Grab a fresh backed cupcake and some candies for the road while you wait to be served. Don’t forget to take a selfie in the giant pink chair!

There’s a lot of places out there, but there’s nowhere like us! Book your accommodation and plan your escape to Galena Country where you will make sweet memories!

Sip & Savor Outdoors in Galena Country

Following the guidance of local and state health authorities, Galena Country has re-opened to visitors! Non-essential stores have opened their doors to welcome customers with social distance precautions in place and restaurants, barswineries, breweries and distilleries are now permitted to offer outdoor as well as limited indoor dining.

Roads, sidewalks, alleys, parking lots and closed streets have been converted into dining areas where you can now relax with a cocktail, ice-cream, or a full meal! A portion of Galena’s Main Street has been closed to traffic to accommodate outdoor seating for all restaurants, adding to the charm of the city as it bears a resemblance to the bustling café culture of Paris and Rome.

Spend your morning shopping and strolling the streets of Galena Country, before you soak up some rays with patio pancakes and mimosas. Enjoy an afternoon of outdoor music and refreshing wine at an award-winning winery on a picnic blanket or in a bubble tent. Make a toast to a beautiful summer evening with a cocktail and delicious meal on a deck! Regardless of the occasion, make the most of this rare opportunity to enjoy your favorite meal or beverage outdoors at one of these great establishments:

In Galena Country, we’ve always been known to have a good time… times may change, but that never will! Plan a one-of-a-kind getaway today, by booking your stay and browsing the digital visitors guide.

Galena Country is #AmazingForAll

Galena Country has a strong history of inclusivity with many residents and businesses championing equality and diversity. To celebrate Pride Month, rainbow flags and stairs have taken over the Galena Pedestrian Bridge in downtown Galena. This warm-hearted community welcomes everyone to visit with Pride and to experience the places and people that make it Amazing for All!

In Galena Country, we encourage people to follow their passions. To take a deep breath. relax and be themselves. Whether exploring the rolling hills of the driftless region, treasure-hunting along Galena’s historic Main Street, or indulging in a savory farm-to-table meal, it’s a great time to make your way to Galena Country!

Everyone loves a good story. And here, one story always leads to another. Make memories, celebrate each other, and be sure to #AmazingForAll and #GalenaCountry when sharing your story. Plan a one-of-a-kind getaway today, by booking your stay and browsing the digital visitors guide.

Father’s Day in Galena Country

Let’s talk about Dad! We love him more than he knows and, every year on Father’s Day, we shower him with gifts and adoration. Traditionally, it’s socks, ties, and tools that make Dad smile. It’s time for new traditions… break free from the expected and surprise Dad with the gift of Galena Country!

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Galena Country not only offers one-of-a-kind gifts to purchase for Dad but also experiences that you can enjoy together and create special memories. From kayaking and golfing to the plethora of gift shops along Galena’s Main Street, you’ll be able to give Dad nothing less than the best to thank him for all he has done.

Float among the clouds

Is a hot air balloon ride on his bucket listGalena On The Fly will take care of that! Liftoff in one of the largest hot air balloons in the country. Drift above the rolling landscapes of Galena Country while taking in views of Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin from your 3,000-foot high perch.

Pedal it out   

Little too high for Dad? Okay… what about renting a couple of bikes from Fever River Outfitters or Nuts Outdoors and cycle along the beautiful Galena River Trail just steps away from downtown Galena? It features towering bluffs and beautiful views of the river. If you complete the 8.8-mile stretch, you will reach stunning views of the Mississippi River at the foot of Chestnut Mountain Resort.

Reel in memories 

Nothing beats a good bonding session while fishing! Fine-tune your fishing skills with a guided fly fishing experience with Galena Fly Fishing Outfitters or spend the day picnicking and fishing at Apple River Canyon State Park. If Dad just wants to float down the river and have you listen to “when I was your age” stories… grab some kayak’s from Fever River Outfitters or Nuts Outdoors and get a-floatin’ down the serene Galena River.

Shop for Fan Gear

What’s his favorite team? Whether it’s the lovable losers, winners, or that team only Dad cheers for… the gear to get can be found on Galena’s Main Street. Check out Country Crafts & Sports for sports memorabilia, and Fan Zone for licensed jerseys, shirts, and limited edition team hats. Another great option is For Bare Feet, which offers the largest selection of licensed sports socks made in the USA. Yes, we know… we told you to steer away from the usual socks and ties, but trust us, he will totally rock these team socks! While you’re at it, keep Dad up-to-date on the freshest apparel trends with multiple clothing stores and boutiques found on Galena’s Main Street, such as The Cotton ClubGalena Teesand The Neighborhood Co.

Cigars and Coffee

Cigars have been linked to celebrations, forming bonds, or just kicking back and relaxing for over a thousand years. It sounds like a good way to celebrate Dad’s special day. Find premium hand made cigars at Nine Generals Cigar Company as well as a selection of men’s grooming accouterments and barware! If Dad is a coffee lover, he’s in for a treat! Spoil him with a gift box from Trolley Depot Coffee & Tea Co. or signature blend locally roasted coffee from Galena RoastersBill Bill’s Coffee, or Mean Bean Roasters.

Golf Par Excellence

Challenge Dad to a round of golf at one of Galena Country’s scenic Golf Courses or enjoy the Drive 20 Golf Trail! Can you believe there are ten courses to choose from in Galena Country? Remember to let him win and then celebrate his winnings with a glass of wine from one of the area’s four award-winning wineries when you get home!

Reconnect with nature 

There’s no better way to relax Dad than to get him outdoors and surrounded him with nature! Take him birding at the Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary in Stockton, featuring more than 100 bird species and 6.6 miles of mowed trails on 409 acres. Notable Illinois species of conservation concern include the Henslow’s sparrow, bobolink, red-headed woodpecker, and northern harrier. Explore the many other parks and trails throughout Galena Country too.

Brews and Burgers

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, grab a burger served with hand-cut fries from Durty Gurt’s Burger Joynt before heading to Galena Brewing Co. for a growler filled with Dad’s favorite brew to enjoy at home. In the mood for pizza instead? Stop at Wally’s Pizza in Warren which is conveniently located next door to Pecatonica Beer Company Tap House. If he’s more of a spirits kinda guy, treat him to some fine whiskey from Blaum Bros. Distilling Company. Click here for more dining options.

We know the importance of taking the time for the things that matter most, whatever you choose to do for Dad in Galena Country, you will make it a memorable Father’s Day!

Enjoy a picnic in Galena Country

As the weather invites us outside with its blue skies and fresh breeze coupled with blossoming blooms and cheerful bird chirps, it’s hard to resist the urge to picnic! With social distancing in place, it’s an ideal way to dine safely with your family.

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Sit in the sun or the shade of a mossy tree, take your shoes off and lie back in the cool grass, all while enjoying delicious treats and the company of loved ones while chasing a flying napkin or two. Speaking of chasing things… your fur baby would love a new frisbee from New Earth Animals to enjoy at the picnic!

What’s in the basket?

Part of the adventure is the unveiling of what has been packed in the basket! Let’s take a peek at the deliciousness that awaits:

A selection of gourmet cheeses, sausages, and pâtés from Galena River Wine and Cheese, freshly baked bread and pastries from Tammy’s Piggly Wiggly and delicious sandwich meat from Pat’s Country House Grocery. Digging a little deeper, we have tasty dips and spreadables from Galena Canning Co. and the Grateful Gourmet Co., as well as yummy gourmet popcorn from the Great American Popcorn Co. Oh, what’s this we have here… some chocolate covered strawberries from Galena’s Kandy Kitchen for dessert. Yum!

What’s in the cooler bag?

No picnic is complete without a refreshing beverage! Pack a bottle of wine from one of Galena Country’s award-winning wineries or a growler of flavorful locally brewed beer! Looking for something a little different? Substitute the wine and beer with a cocktail kit from Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. or from Miss Kitty’s Grape Escape for the perfect sundowner! Cheers!

Great spots to lay down your picnic blanket

Casper Bluff

Not only does this preserve boast some of the most commanding views of the Mississippi River and its backwater sloughs but the site also contains Native American mounds which were created centuries prior by local natives of the land. The most fascinating mound being the Thunderbird Effigy Mound, the only one known of its kind in Illinois.

Gramercy Park

Located on the bluff in East Dubuque overlooking the Mississippi River, this 10-acre city park is an Illinois Natural Heritage Landmark. It is home to 26 ceremonial and burial mounds from the Hopewell Native American Culture.

Grant Park

Pack a bottle of bubbles for the kids from Gabby’s Gifts or Poopsie’s online stores and enjoy a picnic in this historic and scenic park! Take in the stunning views of the city of Galena, watch the trains go by and check out the historic cannons and monuments. It’s selfie time with U.S Grant!

Horseshoe Mound

This 40-acre preserve offers one of the most scenic outlooks in Galena Country! The breathtaking views stretch across three states. Take a closer look through the viewing scopes! After your picnic, enjoy the hiking trails that extend throughout the preserve.

Wapello Land and Water Reserve

Based on its significance as a meshing point of two Native American cultures, this 79-acre site south of Hanover, was accepted into the National Register of Historic Places. It now boasts one of the premier prairie restorations in the Midwest.

It’s true. You can’t change time. But if you spend it right, it can change you. Make the most of your time with a perfect picnic, making memories…where one good story always leads to another!

Walking Tour of Downtown Galena

With over 87% of its buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Galena’s prominent past remains a permanent fixture. The architectural achievements of the men who discovered wealth in the region’s rich lead deposits and profitable river commerce are best viewed while walking on foot.

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This self-guided walking tour of downtown Galena identifies the community’s diverse 19th century architectural styles and recounts the lives of the captivating individuals who first settled the steeply elevated terrain.

The tour length is one hour. For your enjoyment, we recommend a comfortable pair of walking shoes and bottled water. Bring a camera or a pair of binoculars to capture the tour’s breathtaking views. Please note that most of the locations on the tour are private and we ask that you remain respectful while enjoying the tour. Finally, walk at your own pace and have fun exploring Galena’s magnificent architectural treasures!

1. Galena River Levee & Floodgates:

Built by the Army Corps of Engineers 1948-51, this large earthen levee with flood gates protects the downtown business district from periodic flooding, the worst of which was in 1937. This flood left up to five feet of water along Main Street. Visitors often ask how often the floodgates are used. Normally they might be closed only once every few years, usually when the ice leaves the river in the spring.

2. Corwith Building – 319 S. Main St.

Constructed in 1853 with a major facelift in 1873 and home of Nathan Corwith’s Bank of Galena. The Corwiths were prominent businessmen from New York. Nathan Corwith left Galena in 1874 and moved to Chicago. He died in 1888, worth over $6 million.

3. Davis Block – 304-310 S. Main St.

These were the first, all brick blocks in Galena, consisting of five stores, constructed in 1846. Locally produced Galena brick is noted for its orange color and inner softness. For this reason, city ordinance requires they be cleaned chemically to prevent damage to the hard outer surface. Within this block, one of Galena’s nine Civil War Generals, John C. Smith, had his jewelry store at 306 S. Main, and the town’s most infamous lawyer, M.Y. Johnson had his law office on the second floor of 304 S. Main. He was arrested in 1862 for southern sympathies but later released for lack of evidence.

Galena fires:

Every early city suffered from a devastating fire. Galena was no exception. Major fires in the 1840s led to ordinances which encouraged downtown commercial structures to be built of brick or stone. Still, the worst fire of all occurred in 1856, taking out several critical blocks. A building boom ensued, all in brick.

4. Old High School Steps

Located across from the DeSoto House Hotel, the stairway has been there since the 1850s. Wooden steps were replaced by concrete in 1919 and again in 1996. In addition to hilltop residents, the steps served hundreds of school children who used them morning, noon, and afternoon. They were walking to the large building on the hill with a square clock tower. This is the Old High School which was built in 1905 and converted in the 1980s to condominiums.

5. Desoto House Hotel – 230 S. Main St.

It opened in 1855. DeSoto is the oldest operating hotel in Illinois. It was named for the discoverer of the Mississippi – Hernando DeSoto. Investors included Jesse Grant, father of Ulysses. Both Lincoln and Douglas spoke from the balcony, although on separate occasions. Grant’s presidential campaign headquarters were here in 1868. The original structure had five floors and 225 rooms, but lack of business, foundation settling, and fire insurance problems led to the top two floors being removed in 1880. Completely renovated in 1985-86.

6. DeSoto House Hotel Parking Garage:

The original facades of Main Street buildings were kept for historic appearance. The hotel project could not have proceeded without this solution to off-street parking. The garage site was originally a livery stable for the famous Frink and Walker Stage Line out of Chicago during the 1840s and early 1850s.

Side Trip: U.S. Post Office (Green & Commerce Streets):

This is the second oldest continuously owned and operated Post Office in America. The second floor served as the Customhouse, and the first floor served as Post Office. The Renaissance Revival style utilized by architect Ammi B. Young was the first standardized style to be used by the government throughout the nation. Superintendent of Construction was engineer Ely Parker; a Seneca Indian raised on a reservation in New York. When the foundation was laid, he had it stacked with bars (pigs) of lead equal to the weight of the completed structure to settle the foundation. Later the lead was sold and shipped downriver. The structure was then completed with Nauvoo limestone from the same quarries that supplied stone for the Mormon Temple. Today the building is as solid as when it was built.


Note: Ely S. Parker was one of the most famous Native Americans in U.S. history. He studied to become a lawyer only to be told by New York State that Indians could not become lawyers. He then became an engineer, was hired by the federal government and sent to Galena to build the customhouse/post office. While here, he met Grant. Volunteering for the Union with the outbreak of the Civil War, he was turned down because of his race, only to be accepted a year later. Grant made him his personal military secretary; he was breveted a brigadier general at the end of the war and later became President Grant’s Commissioner of Indian Affairs, only to resign when he created a storm of controversy by sending emergency food rations to starving Plains Indians prior to congressional authorization.

7. Schmohl Building (St. Louis Building) – 201 S. Main St.

John and Lena Schmohl emigrated from Germany in the 1850s and opened a millinery store at this site. In 1886, Lena, having lost her husband, built this building and installed Galena’s first hydraulic elevator. Her apartment was in back along Bench Street. She was a respected business leader long before most women had the opportunity. The second Schmohl Building 213-217 (the white building) was built in 1884.

8. Coatsworth Building – 126 S. Main St.

Built by Joseph Coatsworth and Daniel Barrows in 1856-57. Utilized premium Milwaukee Cream City bricks, cast iron pillars, lintels, and sills. J.R. Grant promptly leased the 120 S. Main section for his leather goods store. It was here that Ulysses came to work in 1860. Major restoration occurred in the late 1970s – the building now houses apartments for seniors.

9. Newhall Drug Store – 101-103 S. Main St.

Built-in 1843 by Galena’s foremost physician/pharmacist Horatio Newhall, a Yale graduate, who also published the “Miners Journal,” Galena’s first newspaper in 1828. But his most notable work was in treating Cholera victims during the dreaded 1832 and 1848 outbreaks. His observations on the disease and its spread are considered some of the best of the period. Note the small attic windows in the frieze, typical of the 1840s Greek Revival structures.

10. Hempstead Store – 100 N. Main St.

Built-in the Greek Revival style in 1846. Charles Hempstead was the first mayor of Galena, elected in 1841. Prior to this, the town was governed by a board of trustees and president. “City” status was given by the act of the legislature; Jo Daviess County’s other “city” is East Dubuque; all other towns in the county are villages. The second floor also housed the law office of John A. Rawlins, another of Galena’s nine Civil War generals who became Grant’s Chief of Staff.

11. Brush Building – 120 N. Main St.

Circa 1837, this was the first large store to be constructed in the downtown of brick. Note federal style stepped gables (double-chimney) and prominent roof dormers.

12. Perry Street

Also known as the “cobblestone” street, although the stone was laid down as a deterrent to erosion, not as a paving stone. Maintaining control of horses and wagons on steep hills was a constant danger in early Galena (some say it still is…)

13. The Old Stockade – 208 Perry St.

Trader Amos Farrar’s house became part of Galena’s stockade during the 1832 Black Hawk War. A refuge for women and children, the upright timbers placed along the sill shows French “post and sill” influence. Restored to the 1890s appearance.

Note: To locate the Old Stockade, take the first staircase at the corner of Perry and Main Streets. Proceed up the stairs halfway to the Old Stockade’s entrance, a limestone walkway on the left.

Side Trip: Old Market House – 123 N. Commerce St.

This State Historic Site, built in the Greek Revival style in 1845, once sheltered both vendors and shoppers. It continues to entice visitors with its historic U.S Grant exhibits and events. It also serves as the official Welcome Center for Galena Country Tourism.

14. Meusel Cigar Factory – 208-210 N. Main St.

This 1888 Italianate commercial building housed one of Galena’s many 19th-century cigar manufactories. It was home to the Standard Cigar Factory. Tobacco was also a cash crop for some county farmers, particularly in the Stockton area, up until the 1890s.

15. John Dowling Building – 213 N. Main St.

Constructed in 1837 of native limestone. The southern half was purchased by the County and used as the courthouse from 1838 until the present courthouse was completed in 1844. The original building had a gable roof. Interestingly, the street level here was originally much lower; the main entrance in 1838 entered what is now the basement!

16. Flat Iron or Diagonal Building – 222 N. Main St.

The original building housed Bradley/Taylor House hotels and was three stories. Destroyed by fire in 1876. New Italianate structure was only two floors and has housed everything from the People’s Bank (original safe still there) to a Justice of the Peace.

17. John Dowling House – 216 Diagonal St.

The Dowling House is located just left of Main Street on Diagonal Street. This vernacular structure is one of Galena’s oldest, constructed circa 1826-27. Dowling was a trader who quickly became the largest iron dealer on the Upper Mississippi. Here you could buy stoves, hinges, nails, picks, and shovels.

Note: Turn right on Franklin Street and proceed one block to Commerce Street to view the Old Blacksmith Shop.

18. Old Blacksmith Shop – (Corner of Commerce and Franklin St.)

At one time, Galena had more than two dozen operating blacksmith shops. Today the little red wood-frame structure is the only one that remains. Built-in 1897, most of the original tools including two forges and equipment are on display.

Throughout our history, Galena Country has proudly never been like anywhere else. We may be old but we’re never the same old thing!

Mother’s Day in Galena Country

Whichever way you look at it… Mom is a superhero! She sacrificed her waistline, she spent countless hours cheering you on at sports practice, she even dried your tears after crash-landings that she warned you about time and time again! Not to mention mom’s taxi service. We all know what we must do… show her that we appreciate her this Mother’s Day, but how when time in quarantine, means that love must keep its distance? We have some suggestions for you…

Send Locally Grown Blooms

Choose from mixed bouquets, mason jar arrangements and potted plants at ‘Petals on the Porch’ self-serve flower stand at Clara Joyce Flowers. If you can’t make it out to this specialty cut flower farm in Stockton, hop onto their website, choose from five different floral designs and have it shipped directly to mom’s doorstep! Murphy’s Gardens offers flowering shrubs, hanging baskets culinary herbs and a selection of trees for mom’s garden too!

Build a Pamper Hamper

A hamper of beauty products would allow any self-isolating mom to indulge in well-deserved self-care. Throw in some muscle soak bath salts and delicately scented candles from Galena Candle and Bath Company’s online store. What about clarity calming face oil and organic lip balm from Galena Apothecary? If mom loves the spa and nothing else will fill its shoes… purchase a gift voucher from Galena Country’s highly-skilled, full-service spas for a future visit!

Deliver a Delicious Meal

You may not be able to take your mom to your traditional Mother’s Day brunch, but you can take brunch to mom! Order carryout brunch from Desoto House Hotel Courtyard Restaurant or from Victory Cafe for her to enjoy in the comfort of her own home and don’t forget to order your own! When you get home, jump onto a video chat and enjoy the brunch together while you catch up! Check out Galena’s Dining from a Distance page for lunch and dinner options too!

Pack a Picnic for Mom & Dad

Grab a bottle of wine from one of the local wineries, pick up some gourmet cheeses, sausages and pates from Galena River Wine & Cheese and deliver them to Mom and Dad. Suggest that they enjoy a sunset picnic atop Horseshoe Mound Preserve overlooking stunning views of Galena Country or even in their own yard.

From Galena Country with Love

If the plan was to visit Galena Country with mom this Mother’s Day, spend a little time browsing the online stores and send Galena Country to her instead. From locally roasted coffee, award-winning wines, or popcorn to a new outfit, handbag or accessories… she is sure to love any of it! Not sure of what she would like? A gift certificate from her favorite store or restaurant will keep her looking forward to her next visit when the time is right!

While it may not be the Mother’s Day you’d imagined, these gifts are bound to bring a smile to the face of the special women in your life. That alone makes it completely worth it!

Cooped Up Couples in Galena Country

While in quarantine, date night may not look like sharing a bottle of wine at a romantic restaurant, singing together at a concert or snuggling up in a movie theater, but with a little creativity, you can still have fun together at home while supporting local businesses in #GalenaCountry!

Set the Mood

No matter what you’ll be doing… no date would be complete without that romantic ambiance we all love. Set the mood for your special night by ordering a few floral candles from Galena Candle & Bath Co.

Kiss the Cook

Find a fun recipe that neither of you has tried before and visit the following local online shopping stores for the ingredients or even utensils that you may need: Grateful Gourmet, Galena Canning Company, Galena Garlic Company, Pasta Perfetta, Galena and Spice & Tea Merchants. Divvy up the kitchen duties and enjoy some undivided couple time. Feel like a grill instead? Grab a Date Night Grill Box from Log Cabin Steakhouse.  If not a lot of cooking gets done (no judgment here)… there is always a curbside pickup or delivery service!

Wine Tasting for Two

Fergedaboudit, Galena Cellars, Massbach Ridge and Rocky Waters wineries are waiting for your curbside pickup orders! Spend the evening tasting award-winning local wines while deciding which of the two is the better sommelier. Pair these delicious vino’s with gourmet cheese and sausage from Galena River Wine & Cheese. By the end of the night, you will have your list of favorites for future date nights.

Sip & Paint

Speaking of sipping… why not get a little crafty at the same time? All you need is some poster board or canvas, paint, markers, perhaps some glitter and your creativity! If wine is not your thing, grab a growler of your favorite brew from the Pecatonica Beer Co. Tap House or Galena Brewing Company, pick up a Cocktail Kit from Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. or a Quarantine Extravaganza Party Pack from Grape Escape Cocktail Bar. Be sure to frame your masterpiece for future reminiscing!

Refresh Your Love Nest

Spring is the perfect time to change things up a bit! Rearrange the furniture, paint over that decades-old color in your bathroom and throw out that chipped vase. Out with the old, in with the new… choose a new rug or lamp from Vignettes Home, a gorgeous sunset picture from River Bend Gallery or a beautiful functional piece from Eshelman Pottery.

Play in the Dirt

Okay, this is more for a date ‘day’… but it can lead to a date night! Spring weather means you can spend time together tidying up the hedges, mulching or even planting additional plants from Murphy’s Garden’s curbside pickup! Spruce up the garden for the bird friends with a new feeder from The Feathered Nest. Reward yourselves with a sunset beverage on the porch!

Snuggle Up

Did you know that some of the scenes filmed for the award-winning movies, The Field of Dreams was filmed in Galena? Grab some popcorn from Great American Popcorn Company, snuggle up with your sweetheart and see who can spot Galena first!