Go Back in Time to Galena, Illinois

by Jessica on February 17, 2012

If it weren’t for the modern vehicles lining the streets and contemporary knick-knacks lining the retail shelves, you might think Galena, Illinois was frozen in another time.   Galena began as a lead mining town, but hit its glory days around the Civil War which left behind striking examples of a huge variety of architecture styles.  85% of the buildings in town are listed on the National Historical Registry, making Galena a history and photo buffs paradise.

Grant Mansion in Galena

General Ulysses S. Grant lived in Galena briefly before heading off to lead the Union troops and then returned, victoriously, to a new mansion built by the town.

Belvedere Mansion visited by President Lincoln during the Civil War

President Lincoln also spent some time in Galena, as he visited the Belvedere Mansion to inquire about Grant’s progress during the war.  This presidential history, along with the scores of French Colonial, Italianate, and Greek Revival buildings, prompted Time Life to place Galena on its list of 100 Places to See in Your Lifetime.


Today I am linking up with Photo Friday at Delicious Baby and Friday Daydreaming at R We There Yet Mom where you can see some great travel photos.

Also, I am so honored to be featured at Happily Mother After for my photos of the recycled art in a West Texas field.  Head over there where you can see truely terrific photos from around the blogosphere.


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Becca@R We There Yet Mom? February 17, 2012 at 11:56 am

This will go on our list of a place to see this summer when we go to Illinois!  
Thanks for linking up!

Lisa February 17, 2012 at 12:40 pm

I love historic towns like this – beautiful pics!

Steve February 17, 2012 at 3:40 pm

I wish somebody would build me a mansion like that. I mean, without having to fight a war for it or anything like that.

Sonja February 17, 2012 at 4:06 pm

I'm always amazed at how many little-known historical towns we have right here in the US.  Wish I had time to visit them all.

Nadine February 17, 2012 at 5:33 pm

I love old historical town and buildings. If I ever make it that I'll have to visit the Mansions.

Laurel February 18, 2012 at 3:36 am

The Beledere House looks amazing, what a historic place.

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