The Old Blacksmith Shop

The Old Blacksmith Shop

245 Commerce Street

Galena, IL



beldenschoolforgBelden School sponsored this living history event and Rich Tickner is shown here with hammer in hand.

 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.

Suggested Donations

Adults: $4.00 Seniors: $3.00

10-18: $2.00 Under 10: Free

A Review From TripAdvisor

“Step Back In Time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

This is a great old blacksmith shop, the last surviving one of 35 in Galena. It is now run by volunteer “smithees” that keep it going as a real working shop. They create tools and useful utensils which are sold on the premises to help keep the shop open. This one is worth your time to stop and see all the old original tools, watch the blacksmith work the coal fired forge, and listen to him talk about the techniques of blacksmithing. It’s a wonderful treasure from the days of horses and wagons and a stop you will enjoy. They request donations to help preserve it. I rate it an A+ with a high recommendation to make it a must on your trip to Galena.

Hours of Operation May-October  Friday-Monday    10am-4pm

Filled with tools and equipment from its 100 year history. While the shop is a museum (complete with gift shop), forges are totally operable and blacksmiths are on duty during the season. Check out our well-stocked Gift Shop filled with things made by our blacksmiths and also our local foundry, and they do beautiful custom work i.e., beautiful fireplace sets to complement the style of your home. Come watch the sparks fly at the Old Blacksmith Shop!

Custom Fireplace Sets from the forge of the Old Blacksmith Shop

Custom Fireplace Sets from the forge of the Old Blacksmith Shop

Blacksmiths Share The Tradition