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Reserve Your Place On the Tour of Historic Galena Homes

August 11, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

2017 Tour of Historic Galena Homes

See inside historic area mansions like The Woodward House during the 2017 Tour of Historic Galena Homes.

Come take a peek behind the closed doors of some of Galena’s most historic and gorgeous homes during the 50th annual Tour of Historic Galena Homes! September 23rd and 24th, 2017 in Galena, Il.

Galena is known for its beautiful and well-preserved 19th-century buildings. People come from all over the country to soak up our town’s history and charm.

Once a year, the Tour of Historic Galena Homes opens the doors on some of the area’s most historic and striking homes to the public. Lovers of history, American workmanship, and even just curious homeowners enjoy a rare opportunity to view the interiors of some of Galena’s 19th century homes.

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Saddle Up for Galena’s Shenandoah Pro Rodeo!

June 17, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Shenandoah Pro Rodeo 2017The annual Shenandoah Pro Rodeo competition is ready to come out of the chute, July 1st & 2nd, 2017, at Galena’s Shenandoah Riding Center!

There’s nothing quite like a genuine pro rodeo for excitement, fun, and a taste of the Wild West! Rodeos are a wonderful combination of traditional ranching skills and athletic competition that never fail to amaze.

The Shenandoah Riding Center brings real pro rodeo entertainment to Galena two nights every year. The annual event includes all the traditional rodeo favorites. Bareback riding, steer Wwrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, barrel racing, and bull riding are all on the menu.

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Hike the Vines at Galena Cellars’ Snowshoe Hike and Wine Tasting !

December 19, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Galena Cellars' Snowshoe Hike and Wine TastingGalena Cellars and Blaum Bros Distillery have teamed up with Fever River Outfitters to create a series of snowshoe hike/tasting events that will exercise both your legs and your tastebuds!

“Hike the Vines” and “Snowshoe Trek n Taste” both involve getting out into the great outdoors as well as getting back inside and tasting some great local wines and spirits!

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Discover Galena’s Belvedere Mansion and Gardens

July 25, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Belvedere Mansion and Gardens

Belvedere Mansion and Gardens
Photo via Good Free Photos

Galena’s Belvedere Mansion is considered the finest, historic home in a city that is often described as “the town that time forgot.”

Part of the attraction to Galena, Il is that so much of it still appears as it did prior to the Civil War. Galena was once the lead mining capital of the world, a major commercial port on the upper Mississippi, and the wealthiest city in the State of Illinois. The stately and sturdy brick and limestone buildings you still see in the downtown area reflect this.

None are more handsome than Belvedere Mansion, however.

J. Russell Jones built this lavish Italianate villa in 1857. A steamship merchant,  Jones rose of his own power up through business and on into politics. Elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1860, he was friends with General Ulysses S. Grant, another famed Galena resident. President Lincoln appointed him as U.S. Marshall for the Northern District of Illinois. Jones was also one of Lincoln’s Chicago funeral train pallbearers.

Belvedere Mansion and Gardens continue to reflect the Victorian splendor of Galena’s early days. Touring this “most often visited” attraction in Galena truly is like stepping back in time. You’ll be transported back to both antebellum and Civil War America when you visit – and don’t forget the gardens!

The gardens of Belvedere Mansion recreate the quiet and intimate spaces of the same time period. You’ll find bronze statuary, hibiscus urns, and flowing fountains as you follow the garden’s the casual walkways. The gardens add a further beauty and European eloquence to the mansion’s magnificent grounds.

Belvedere Mansion offers guided tours from around the middle May to the middle of November. Each tour lasts around 15 minutes and no reservation is necessary – just ring the bell during business hours.

Steeped in mid 19th century history, the Mansion and gardens offer a glimpse into a bygone age.

The Belvedere Mansion and Gardens

1008 Park Avenue, Galena, Illinois
Sunday thru Friday – 11am to 4pm
Saturdays – 11am to 5pm
For more information, be sure to visit Belvedere Mansion online at: www.galenabelvederemansion.com

Belvedere Mansion Lodging
If you like Belvedere Mansion you’ll love Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast! Our opulent Galena B&B features Italianate design and European-style accommodations, along with impeccable service and meticulously groomed outdoor gardens. You may even feel as if you’re living in the very world you visit at Belvedere Mansion! Come relax in splendor at Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast.

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