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ENRICHMENT EXPERIENCE GALENA ILLINOIS On October 9 1999 I took a field trip to Galena Illinois Galena incorporated in 1835 is located in the northwest corner of Illinois Currently Galena is considered an important tourist attraction because it is an example of a well-preserved 19th century community In fact 85 percent of the buildings in this town are recorded in the National Historic Register Among the important sites to visit are Ulysses S Grants Home Main Street Book Store Mark Twains Laughing River and the County Insane Asylum Fried Green Tomatoes The first stop on my tour was US Grant Home This home was built in 1859 and was presented to the returning Civil War hero Ulysses S Grant on August 18 1865 Although this home was considered luxurious at the time it is only about half the size of an average home today The first picture is of John Smiths log home a close neighbor to the Grant family This small house once housed a family of six In the mid 1800s homes were never built any larger than necessary The next photographs are of the inside of Grants home Photos 2-6 show Grants living room All of the furniture is original including a piano from the early 1800s Surprisingly enough the black couch was made out of horsehair that was woven into a fine thread The white marble fireplace kept the room warm during the cold winter months The next room was the library photos 7-8 There is a collection of books and a large green chair in which Grant sat to read his favorite novels Photos 9-11 show the dining room of the home In the corner is a large black urn that was a gift from the Chinese during one of Grants over sea trips during 1879-80 The kitchen is shown in photographs 12-14 The first thing that you notice in this room is the large wood burning stove
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