Only six miles from Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, the historic town of Galena, Illinois, not only offers the natural beauty of the wooded countryside, but endless recreational opportunities and cultural offerings.
Founded in 1826 as a center for lead mining, Galena's restored homes and commercial buildings still echo from the early prosperity, making way for a deep, rich history that still lies there, attracting guests from all over the world. Over 85% of Galena is recorded in the National Register of Historic Places. The town's name is actually the technical term for sulphide of lead.
And as if that wasn't enough history for the little mining town, in 1860, Ulysses S. Grant came to Galena to work in his father's leather goods store. After gaining fame in the Civil War, Grant returned to Galena in 1865 where a group of citizens presented the General with a handsome, furnished home. He returned to the home several times during his Presidency and again before he died of throat cancer. The Grant home is now a state historic site.
Galena offers residents, businesses and visitors a wealth of services and a unique quality of life as well. For visitors to the area, the history and shopping are almost as equal a draw, touching a note that not only encourages return visits, but often turns those guests into residents!
Main Street in Galena is the pulse of the community, with over one million visitors a year strolling the two miles of specialty, apparel, antique shops and quaint boutiques. Numerous family, ethnic and gourmet restaurants and cafes also line the streets.
Historic Galena is the perfect Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa backyard. It's charming, alluringly beautiful and genuinely friendly. For living or visiting, Galena is always home to a large audience.
Recreational activities abound in The Galena Territory which includes: