Market House State Historic, Galena

3.7
The Old Market House, currently being operated as the Galena Welcome Center, is a brick building built in the Greek Revival style in 1845 in Galena, Illinois. It is owned and operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency as an Illinois State Historic Site.City hall and public marketThe Old Market House was built by the city of Galena to serve as a city hall and enclosed public farmer's market. A rapid increase in population in the Galena area in the 1830s and 1840s, largely a result of the discovery of galena, a kind of lead ore found in the region, had led to a sharp increase in demand for local foodstuffs.The Old Market House's business plan called for the US$50 per year rents from the twelve enclosed farmer's market stalls to help maintain the building. The $2,500 used for initial construction was obtained through the sale of $5 per share stocks, which was enabled by an 1845 act of the Galena City Council. Sellers who could not rent a stall were allocated space in the market square just outside the building.Cars and grocery storesThe Old Market House continued to serve the people of Galena until about 1910. As an increasing percentage of local citizens bought motor vehicles, households began to "shop around" for foodstuffs. Local grocery stores, which paid property taxes to the city of Galena, were not interested in helping to maintain their competitors. In about 1910 the stalls of the Old Market House went out of business.
Find out how to plan Galena trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
Source
map
Create an itinerary including Market House State Historic
Market House State Historic Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5
76 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • This is a fun stop while in Galena. The museum houses many interesting things from the area and it is also a place to purchase tickets for various events in town. Our family took the walking tour with...  more »
  • The Old Market House Historical Site was built in 1846 and was a central part of the community in the early days of Galena. This house is open every day from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and there is no cost to ...  more »
  • Start here when visiting Galena. Lots of information brochures about the area. The best part is the staff at the information center. They take the time to listen to you to discover your interests and ...  more »

Plan your trip to Galena

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Galena

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Galena by other users

15 days in Illinois BY A USER FROM CANADA April, culture, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 5 days in Galena BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, romantic, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: November, romantic, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Illinois BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, teens, culture, outdoors, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, teens, culture, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Illinois BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, teens, culture, outdoors, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, teens, culture, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Illinois BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 47 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Galena BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Galena BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, outdoors, romantic, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, outdoors, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Midwest BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Galena BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, romantic, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, romantic, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Galena BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, romantic, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: November, romantic, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Galena BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans