Galena, Illinois was at one time the center of attention for not only the state, but The United States.
When General Ulysses S. Grant returned to town after winning The Civil War, the eyes of the nation were upon him. The grateful townsfolk presented the victorious general with a gift of a stately home overlooking the city, and soon the calls for Grant to run for president began.
The Ulysses S. Grant Home
By taking a tour on the Galena Trolley we got a complete overview of the history, lore and politics of this architecturally rich city. We began at The Belvedere, an 1857 mansion erected by Joseph Russell Jones, a cheerleader of sorts for President Grant. Our hilarious, yet informative guide, Johnny, informed us that The Belvedere is now famous for housing some of Liberace's estate items and the drapes from Gone With the Wind.
From there the trolley climbed the hill up to Grant's home and throughout the neighborhood where many of his colleagues lived. All in all, nine of the Union's generals in The Civil War hailed from Galena.
A town of layers: U. S. Grant climbed this hill to his first house in Galena (the stairs were not there at the time)
A typical lead miner's home in hilly Galena
Back down along the river we covered the length of the historic Main Street and it's easy to see why this has been named a National Register Historic District. The buildings have been wonderfully preserved and most serve as shops and restaurants, making Galena not only a delight for history buffs, but foodies and shoppers alike.GypsyNester.com
|What we did in Galena:
Took the Trolley Tour &
strolled historic Main Street
Where we ate:
Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel
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