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Galena History Galena is the perfect getaway destination for a variety of people in the midwest.  It’s just one tank of gas away from many of the midwest’s large urban areas, yet it feels distinctly different.  More than that, Galena is a fascinating destination with a distinctive history and an interesting variety of things to see and do.  Located in historic Jo Daviess County, Galena is the perfect place for history lovers to spend a few days.  There’s no better time to explore Galena than this spring during one of the biggest Civil War events, the annual US Grant Pilgrimage weekend.  Our historic Inn, formerly the county jail, has recently been renovated into a modern and luxurious Bed and Breakfast, making it the perfect place to end your days in Galena.  Book your room with us today so you can getaway to Galena this spring.

Galena’s History

Galena has a long and rich sense of history, dating back to the 1800’s when famous Americans like Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant roamed these quiet streets.  The historic attractions in Galena range from tours of historic mansions, like the Belvedere, to Civil War Reenactments.  Galena, known as a historically haunted destination, has become a popular place for ghost tours.  There are other tours less spooky to enjoy, too, through some of the more historic homes and sights in Galena.

Civil War History GalenaWhile the history tours and experiences above are a fascinating way to spend time in Galena, there is perhaps no better weekend to be a history lover in Galena than the US Grant Pilgrimage Weekend, which this year will happen on April 22-24.  This spectacular weekend is centered around famous Civil War General Ulysses S. Grant’s birthday, and includes a weekend filled with historic activities.  The 2016 theme for this event, which dates back to 1955, is “One Nation, Indivisible”.  On Saturday, enjoy the many fascinating Civil War Reenactments in Grant Park, or watch a reenacted skirmish in front of the Galena Trail Depot.  There will also be a trail hike for those interested, that will take you through a variety of interesting and historically significant sights around Galena.  After spending a day in 19th century Galena, revisit even more of Galena’s history at the Jail Hill Inn, where our accommodations will impress you with their graceful and luxurious charm.  Book your room with us for this exciting weekend today!


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Jail Hill Inn Bed and Breakfast in Galena Wins Top TripAdvisor Award

Jail Hill Inn has been named the #1 Bed and Breakfast in the United States and #2 in the world by TripAdvisor.