Queen Anne Guest House

Galena Illinois

Located in the northwestern corner of Illinois, Galena is known for its architecture, rich and unique history, ski and golf resorts, and quaint downtown area. Established in 1826, Galena was actually named after the mineral Galena, the natural mineral form of lead sulfide. In the early 1800s, this lead ore mineral was found in the region, and by 1845, Galena was shipping nearly 27,000 tons of lead ore on the Galena River, a tributary of the Mississippi River. The population in Galena Illinois ballooned to 14,000 by the mid 19th century, and Galena became the busiest port on the Mississippi River between St. Paul and St. Louis. Because of Galena's economic importance during this time, Galena became a hub of political activity in Illinois. Both Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas spoke from the balcony of the DeSoto House in Galena Illinois, and in 1860, Ulysses S. Grant left his St. Louis farm and moved to Galena to work in his father's leather goods store. It was in this political environment that Grant met many influential friends and was subsequently named a General in the Civil War, thus ending his seven year hiatus from the military. Until Grant left for the Civil War in the spring of 1861, he and his wife Julia rented a Federal style brick home for $100 a year on High Street. When Grant returned to Galena as a triumphant general in 1865, the town of Galena IL presented him with a fully furnished, grand home on Bouthillier Street. Today, the Grant House is managed by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency as the U.S. Grant Home State Historic Site and is open to the public. In 1868, Grant awaited the results of his successful run for the Presidency in the home of Congressman Elihu Washburne, also a current historic site open to the public.

The decline of the lead mining industry and onset of the California Gold Rush slowly dried up the buzz of activity in Galena Illinois. Today, the population in Galena IL rests at 3,600. Although the population is a fraction of what it once was, Galena is one of the most well preserved and intact historic towns in America. Over 85% of Galena's buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Main Street features the same narrow, two miles of sidewalks and street it did in the mid-1800s, and the numerous boutiques, galleries, restaurants and stores delight over 1 million visitors a year. Galena is alive once again, retelling a pivotal time in American history through the quaint landscape, historic buildings and streets that voice the past with grace and grandeur. Known as the "town that time forgot," come discover the beauty, charm and antiquity awaiting you in Galena Illinois.

Queen Anne Guest House is a beautiful Galena Bed & Breakfast located very close to Main Street. This Victorian Bed and Breakfast in Galena Illinois has been featured in books such as "America's Painted Ladies", "Victorian Express" and "Treasures of Illinois". Come discover the alluring, friendly and historic town of Galena Illinois, a place that is truly fixed in time. Browse our site for more information about Things to Do in Galena Illinois like Galena IL Skiing, Galena Winery, and Apple River Canyon State Park.

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