Museums & History in Galena, IL

A walk through Galena Country is like a journey back to the 19th century. Where else can you walk the steps Ulysses S. Grant took to work? Or stand in the room where he heard he had become the 18th President of the United States? Historic treasures like these and vignettes of what life was like in the 19th century make Galena Country an authentic step back in time. It’s also why many of our sites are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Enjoy this interactive timeline of Ulysses S. Grant's life in Charming Galena, Illinois! As you explore the significant moments that shaped Grant's journey, you'll discover this charming town's impact on his personal and professional growth.

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