Galena was the residence of Ulysses S. Grant at the time President Lincoln called for volunteers for the Union Army. The Grant Home Museum is located in Galena, and I got to tour the mansion, which is chock-full of the Grant family possessions, amazing oil paintings, and interesting sculptures.
One thing I learned that I didn't know, was that US Grant wasn't much of a cigar smoker until he went to war. Then he started smoking them because the smell of the cigar covered the smell of the sick and dying soldiers around him. Sadly, this had a devastating effect on his health, as he passed away from throat cancer after two terms as President, and only days after he finished his memoirs.
So, question for you, have you visited a presidential home? I've been to Eisenhower's and Grant's. My husband and son visited Benjamin Harrison's house last fall.