Galena, Illinois, famous as the home of President Ulysses S. Grant, lies in the scenic rolling hills of the northwestern part of the state. Galena Trolley Tours offers daily narrated tours of the community's historical homes, art galleries, boutiques and antique stores.
In the 1980s, Galena Tours began offering tours of historic sites of Galena in a small passenger van. Since that time, the business has expanded to include 6 cherry-red trolley cars, according to tour guide Jackie Gasparro.
Located at 314 Main Street, Galena Trolley Tours offers 1-hour tours 8 times daily and 2 1/2-hour tours twice daily. Throughout the excursions, guides present informative commentary about the community and its long history.
Galena Trolley Tours welcomes groups, and can arrange charters. Each trolley seats 120 people.
The 1-hour tour provides visitors a non-stop tour of most of the city, highlighting its architecture, well-known residents and changes through the years. The 2 1/2-hour tour stops at three historic homes: the 1826 Dowling House (Galena's oldest home), the Belvedere (an Italianate 1857 mansion) and the Ulysses S. Grant Home State Historic Site.
The Galena Trolley Depot Theater presents live shows in a 135-seat theater from May through October. Shows include a live rock and roll music revue, and an interpretation of the life of author and Mississippi River aficionado Mark Twain in dialogue and song.