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The Old Blacksmith Shop

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It was fun to see a blacksmith at work & have someone explain how their work was done. They sell... read more

Reviewed 21 October 2018
Des Moines, Iowa
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First time I had been in there. The gentlemen are very knowlegdeable. Great place to drop off the... read more

Reviewed 21 August 2018
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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.
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245 N Commerce St, Galena, IL 61036-2211
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Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

It was fun to see a blacksmith at work & have someone explain how their work was done. They sell the items made in the gift shop.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 21 August 2018

First time I had been in there. The gentlemen are very knowlegdeable. Great place to drop off the husband and go shopping for a couple hours! :)

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Amanda T
Reviewed 21 August 2018

Built in 1897 by Louis C. Readel, the Old Blacksmith Shop in Galena, Illinois, housed Readel's thriving blacksmith, farrier and wheelwright trade until his death in 1920. During Galena's glory days, the demand for services provided by blacksmiths was so strong that at one time...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 20 August 2018

This was only open on Friday the week we stayed in Galena. I was hoping to see the blacksmith make some wrought iron product. Unfortunately it was not busy enough. The tour guide gave us some great information on how this use to be one...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank David S
Reviewed 13 August 2018

Enjoyed learning a little about the history of the shop and watching a fire poker being created. Although it was a hot day, we were surprised that it wasn't much hotter inside. We were disappointed that there were no items to purchase in the gift...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Elizabeth N
Reviewed 30 July 2018

Very nice visit. Friendly people who spoke to our children and was educational. Also didn't push for donations (yet was happy to provide money)

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 756doug
Reviewed 27 July 2018

This features the last licensed blacksmith in Galena. It also has a small gift shop with some items that they make in the blacksmith shop.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Al H
Reviewed 17 July 2018

They did a great job explaining everything and you can see live demonstrations! There are very few blacksmith shops in service so this is a rare treat!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Germangirl13
Reviewed 14 July 2018

David and his wife were very open and friendly upon our arrival and always happy to answer any questions while fulfilling their tasks. A true walk back in time while watching David work his magic on the the anvil like a true blacksmith. Brilliant place...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Mark M
Reviewed 11 July 2018

Worth stopping by so the kids can see and learn about blacksmith It is free and you do not have to be there for a long time

Date of experience: July 2018
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