All Historical Sites

  • 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

    This Italianate home was presented to U.S. Grant in 1865 and opened to the public in 1904. Furnishings original. Nearby, Julia Grant’s statue was dedicated on August 12, 2006. Group Tour/Motorcoach Group Attendee Capacity: 44 People Group Tour Length: 30 Minutes Group Reservations Required Open Year-Round for Groups Wheelchair Accessible

  • 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

  • Council Hill Station

    A unique and historic 1850’s general store/railway station with a silo, ruin of a woolen mill and barn on the east fork of the Galena River is now a watering hole and music venue featuring food, 90-plus beers, & live music year-round. Summer barn dances at 2pm on Saturday & Sunday. Country breakfast starting at 9am on read more

  • 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

  • Linmar Gardens

    Nearly four-acre garden situated on natural limestone outcroppings overlooking Galena. Water features, small mine replica and sunken garden in the ruins of one of the first African-American churches in Illinois. Adults: $10 Children (Under 12): $4 Attendee Capacity: 50 People Tour Length: 40 Minutes Reservations Required