Galena Bed and Breakfast - Bed and Breakfast Galena Illinois
About Us

Van has always been fascinated with historic houses and their history. After living and working in various cities such as Paris(France), Miami, Los Angeles, and Chicago. He now calls Galena home, having "Discovered" her en route to XXXXXX. He immediately fell in love with the charm and history of the area and looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm with friends and guests, either as first-timers or returning fans seeking a new adventure.
When you stay at the Queen Anne Guest House, you are above all, considerd a friend and family. Van hopes that you will choose to stay with him and make the Queen Anne Guest House your "home away from home."

"Van, as members of your first group of guests, we compliment you on your friendly nad sincere welcome and attention to our comfort. The breakfasts were wonderful, and your B&B is beautifully appointed." -Tom & Elaine

History of the Queen Anne Guest House
As owners and innkeepers of the Queen Anne Guest House, we are very proud of our beautiful home and love to talk about the home and the history of it. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. For now, a brief history of the home and original owners...

Construction of the home began in 1891 and was completed in 1892 with Mr. W. A. Telford as architect and builder. The home boasted of modern advancements for the time such as indoor bathroom facilities with modern plumbing, steam heat as the only method of heating and a full basement. A newspaper article states, "Good material is being used in the building and it will be one of the best built houses in the city". The home is certainly a testament to this as it retains the original woodwork, wood flooring, working pocket doors and original leaded and stained glass with a pair of etched glass doors. We would be most happy to share the entire article with you during your stay.

The original owner of the home was Mr. William Ridd, a leading business man in the city of Galena. William Ridd was born on September 26, 1849 in Devon, England and immigrated with his father, Frederick Thomas Ridd, to America in 1865. In 1872 William married Louisa Susan Fritz of Galena. William owned "the largest and most substantial factory ever erected in Galena". The factory manufactured window sashes and other interior woodwork. Still standing today the factory is located on the corner of Hill and Commerce streets and one will still notice the firm's name of J. Fritz & Co. on the exterior windows.

William and Louisa had two children, Edith Regula and William Frederick. Both children were talented musicians especially Edith who was a "pianist and harpist of note". William was a "sickly" child and died in early adulthood. Edith married Rupert Smith on June 3, 1902. The marriage took place in the home and a beautiful write up of the wedding is framed for your viewing in the dining room.

Our Location

For more information or to make reservations, contact us at 815-777-3849, email us, or click here to book online. 200 Park Avenue | Galena IL 61036 | 815-777-3849 |