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Ulysses S. Grant Home Historic Site
Grant and his family continued to own the house throughout the rest of his life, but they often didn't reside there. After his election to the presidency in 1868 he moved to Washington D.C. and then New York, visiting the house only occasionally. He last visited the property in 1880, only five years before his death. Grant's children gave the house to the city of Galena in 1904, and Galena later sold the house to the state of Illinois in 1931. The state restored the house with 1860's decor and furnishings and turned the house into a museum.
Today, the Grant home is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Galena. Visitors interested in Civil War history flock to it for Grant's life story, while people interested in architecture will love the style and design of the mid-Victorian era home. For a small donation to the museum visitors can be led on tours throughout the home, marveling at the period furnishings and learning about the life of this Civil War general and 19th century president.
Sources"Ulysses S. Grant Home." Galena State Historic Sites. Accessed May 16, 2016. http://www.granthome.com/ "Ulysses S. Grant." Encyclopedia Britannica. Accessed June 1, 2016. http://www.britannica.com/biography/Ulysses-S-Grant
Galena, Illinois 61036
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