Galena, Illinois

Galena Area

Avg. Home Price: $335K

The Galena Area in Illinois is rich in architectural beauty and history.

Both Galena and Galena Territory have become a staycation destination, offering a plethora of entertainment and amenities to make a short escape enjoyable for neighboring Midwest tourists.

Because of the rolling hills, history, 19th-century architecture and opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation, nearly a million people visit the Galena Area each year.

However, the Galena Area is not just for tourists. It is also a safe, healthy and vibrant place to raise a family, start a business or enjoy retirement.

Nearest Ruhl&Ruhl Office
412 S Main St
412 S Main St
Galena, IL 61036
Phone Number: (815) 777-1304

Galena Area History

Galena, Illinois is often referred to as “The Town That Time Forgot” because, in part, 85% of Galena’s buildings are in a National Register Historic District. Even the scenic beauty of the surrounding hills and valleys are a testament to being untouched by time. The Glaciers that flattened most of North America during the ice age did not encroach on Northwestern Illinois, including the Galena Area.

In the late 1600s the French established trading posts in the area. Eventually, the Upper Mississippi Lead Mine District was established in the early 1800s by the U.S. Congress, which paved the way for the industry within the City of Galena.

Galena Territory was established in 1975 and was officially 6,800 acres or 10 square miles. To preserve its natural beauty, more than a third on The Territory is maintained as natural habitat providing a variety of recreational options that include a 225-acre man-made private lake for fishing and boating and 24 miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding.

Galena Area Community

Residents in the Galena Area are surrounded by beautiful landscapes and historical buildings. Living in the area is lovely when you’re surrounded by such extraordinary things. It also helps that you will find everything you need right on Main Street in Galena, Illinois.

Attractions and Entertainment

Main Street: Galena’s historic Main Street curves past almost 100 19th-century storefronts. Galena looks much as it did during the time of the Civil War, although now the historic red brick buildings are home to charming boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. Galena is also known for its cozy lodgings with quaint bed and breakfasts dotting the picturesque hillsides surrounding the town. Shop, eat, stay, all on Main Street! View more things to do in Galena here.

Chestnut Mountain: Boasting an impressive array of amenities, accommodations, comforts and activities, Chestnut Mountain is a choice Illinois travel destination. Conveniently located near historic Galena, nestled neatly among the hills overlooking the Mississippi, it’s the perfect base for exploring all the greater tri-state region has to offer.

Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa: Tucked among the Galena Territory’s 6,800 rolling acres of pristine woodlands and open countryside, Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa offers “country elegant” hotel accommodations and rental homes and villas only minutes from the quaint shopping and dining of Galena, Illinois. Eagle Ridge Resort is a gateway to boundless adventures and activities, from four award-winning championship golf courses and the luxurious Stonedrift Spa to tennis, boating, fishing, riding and even hot air ballooning.

Shenandoah Riding Center: The Shenandoah Riding Center is a first-rate equine facility with a top caliber staff. Its location in The Galena Territory makes it unrivaled for scenic trails and tranquil beauty. From seasoned equestrians to beginning horse enthusiasts of all ages, they have something to offer for everyone!

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