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“Not just a museum...a working shop!”

The Old Blacksmith Shop
Ranked #9 of 50 things to do in Galena
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Historical, working blacksmith shop/museum in Galena. We are open to the public from May through October, with shop hours of 10am-4pm Friday through Monday. Stop in and see how Smiths worked back in Galena's heyday.
Reviewed 14 October 2013

What a neat place...full of history and activity! Try to go when someone is there telling the story of the shop and explaining how it all works. We went on a Sunday and Rich was there doing a great job showing and telling. Afterwards he answered a question of mine so well that I felt like I'd gotten a personal class on the role of iron in the history of tool making. Couldn't have been nicer. Also, you can purchase tools and decorative household items made there or request something custom-made.

Thank Tom Q
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Reviewed 12 October 2013

No trip to Galena would be complete without a visit to the Blacksmith Shop. We love the fact that they have retained this historical art. The volunteers are personable, informed and enthusiastic about their trade. Their dedication allows us to take a peek into the past. They offer handmade and personally designed wrought iron products. We simply love our custom designed plant hangers. Great reminders of our weekend.

Thank Winter W
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

This is an authentic 1897 blacksmith shop, operated by the Galena-Joe Daviess County Historical Museum and staffed by volunteers. Features two working coal forges and a display of the original tools of Willard Richardson, the last owner and working blacksmith in this structure. You can hear about the history of the shop and its blacksmiths, the area, and of blacksmithing itself. All items created by the volunteer blacksmiths are sold in the attached gift shop or by special order. Cast iron figures made by the Galena Lemfco Foundry nearby are also for sale. Be sure to put something in the donation barrel, because that is what keeps the forges going!

1  Thank tootles55
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

Well worth stopping in here to learn about the history of Galena and blacksmithing, and all they ask is a small donation. The volunteer gave us a nice demonstration.

Thank JamesWigderson
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