47th Annual Tour of Historic Galena Homes – Saturday & Sunday, September 27 & 28

Five historic homes will be open to the public from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day.  

This year’s Home Tour Evening Event will be held at the Historic Turney House in Galena. Click here for a printable brochureturney2014 Tour of Historic homes Sponsored by the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society & Museum, First Community Bank and Galena River Wine and Cheese

Forging On At Belden School

By Linda Niessner


Rich Tickner, manager of the Old Blacksmith Shop located on Commerce Street, and another smith loaded up a ‘portable’ forge and all its necessary tools, and transported everything up The Galena Territory Trail 2B, where they set up a temporary working blacksmith operation. The sounds usually heard at the shop’s downtown location resonated through The Territory’s valley last Saturday, September 21st.

Belden School sponsored this living history event and you see Rich Tickner shown here with hammer in hand.


In addition to Home Tour Weekend, Saturday September 28th is also participating in the ninth annual Museum Day Live – A Nationwide Event. Galena and U.S. Grant Museum offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live ticket. Smithsonian Members can go to Smithsonian.com/museumday to print out your pass.