Situated on the Galena River in Northwest Illinois, Galena is known as “the city that time forgot” for its rich architectural history. The city was founded in 1826 and was a major port on the Mississippi River. Today, the city has re-invented itself as a popular tourist destination. A perennial favorite on best-of lists, the town earns its accolades with an eclectic array of restaurants and shops in a picturesque setting. More than a thousand buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the 1857 Italianate Belvedere Mansion and the Ulysses S. Grant Home, the former home of the 18th President of the United States.