Welcome to Galena
Wee Galena spreads across wooded hillsides near the Mississippi River, amid rolling, barn-dotted farmland. Redbrick mansions in Greek Revival, Gothic Revival and Queen Anne styles line the streets, left over from the town's heyday in the mid-1800s, when local lead mines made it rich. Even with all the touristy B&Bs, fudge and antique shops, there’s no denying Galena’s beauty – 85% of its structures make up the Galena Historic District, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, and its Main St is about as Pleasantville-perfect as one gets. Throw in cool kayak trips and back-road drives, and you’ve got a lovely, slow-paced getaway. Over one million visitors come to the town each year; summer and fall weekends see the most action.