Ulysses S. Grant Home State Historic Site


In 1854, after several years in the U.S. Army, Ohio-born Ulysses S. Grant retired from military service and tried his hand (unsuccessfully) at other things. In 1860, he moved his family to Galena, where they rented a small Federal-style house, and Grant worked as a clerk in his father’s store.

With the outbreak of the Civil War a year later, he returned to the army as a colonel in the 21st Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment. And the rest, as they say, is history. In 1865, the people of Galena gave General Grant this Italianate-style house as a gift for his service. Filled with period furnishings, including many Grant family possessions, it’s one of Galena’s must-see historic sites.


500 Bouthillier St.
Galena, Illinois 61036


42.40917500, -90.42205400

Open Hours

Wed.--Sun. 9--4:45.
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(815) 777-3310

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