Shenandoah Riding Center

Open Daily
Trail rides and more ALL IN THE GALENA TERRITORY. Only three miles from Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa and 10 miles from Galena, Illinois. The Shenandoah Riding Center is a first-rate equine facility with a top caliber staff. Our location in The Galena Territory makes it unrivaled for scenic trails and tranquil beauty. From seasoned equestrians to beginning horse enthusiasts of all ages, we have something to offer for everyone!

Saddle up at Shenandoah 

Star Gazing

Public Observation at the Owners' Club
2021 Star Gazing Events
October 30 at 6 p.m.
Bring your telescope or share one of ours. Meet in the parking lot of the Owners' Club. Share your knowledge or start your star-gazing adventure. Check out the stars and night objects with a telescope. A clear sky with no prominent moon, once properly dark-adapted, is a beautiful thing. Depending on the time of year, a subtle band of smoky light constitutes the outline of our galaxy, and away from bright town and city lights is a showy splendor with bright spots, voids and intricate rivers of light. People of all ages are invited to attend.

Sponsored by The Galena Territory Association and The Galena Astronomical Society.

Territory Farmers Market

Join us at the Territory Farmers Markets on select Sundays from May to October.
EVERY SUNDAY through Oct. 10, 2021,  8 a.m. until noon
Fresh produce, flowers, plants, and much more. Sundays, 8 a.m. until noon in the Owners' Club Parking Lot. Find fresh produce and much more.

Join additional arts & crafts vendors on Oct. 3 for the second annual Holiday Market in the parking lot during Farmers Market to get you into the gift-giving spirit.

The Territory Farmers Market is 8 a.m. until noon in the parking lot of The Galena Territory Association (GTA) Owners' Club, 2000 Territory Drive in The Galena Territory, Galena, Illinois 61036. The Territory Farmers Market is an event sponsored by the Greenspace Advisory Group of The Galena Territory Association, Inc. This volunteer group helps oversee the preservation and maintenance of the GTA's 1,900 acres of common grounds, trails, and natural areas located in The Galena Territory.

Belden School

First and Third Saturdays from June until October
Visit Belden School, 52 Heatherdowns Lane in The Galena Territory, on first and third Saturdays June through October from 10 a.m. until noon. Volunteer docents provide FREE tours. Contact Belden School Preservation Chair Linda Niessner at to schedule a private visit or group tour.

Belden School was built in 1859. The school was named after Thomas Belden, an early settler and a school trustee. The stone structure is located on a thickly wooded hillside flanked by a steep gully on the downhill side. There was no electricity, no running water, and no bathrooms until 1880 when two outhouses were built at a cost of $17 each.

One teacher instructed all the students.  All grades were taught at the same time. Often the teacher was not much older than the students. The last classes were held in 1943 when consolidation of small districts occurred. Find out more about the Little School That Taught Big Lessons

Cowboy Coffee

Cowboy Coffee at Shenandoah Riding Center

More than a trail ride

Sundays in October at 9 a.m. & 9:45 a.m.
 Must be 16 years or older

Experience an hour-long ride under a colorful forest canopy to a warm campfire. Enjoy coffee, cider, or hot chocolate and a locally made Dittmar Farms & Orchard apple cider donut (other flavors too). This is an experience and a lifelong memory.

Sign up for Cowboy Coffee

Recycling Day

Hazardous Household Waste,
Personal Document Shredding and
Electronics Recycling
October 9, 2021 from 9 a.m. until noon at Lake Galena Marina. Household hazardous waste consists of products usually labeled “caution” or “warning.” Watch your confidential materials shredded. Bring your electronics. (Fee for televisions and monitors.)

Call 815-777-2000 ext. 131 for more information.

Firemen's Pork Chop Dinner

October 9, 2021
The Galena Territory Fire Department hosts their annual Firemen's Pork Chop Dinner in the Owners' Club Social Hall from 5-8 p.m. $15 for Adults, $6 for Children, Take Out Available.

Dinner tickets and raffle tickets available at the door!

Some of the proceeds from the event benefit the Richard Peterson EMT Endowment Fund which provides financial assistance to help cover the costs of training local Emergency Medical Services personnel.


Coggins & Cans*

November 6, 2021
Food Pantry Ride: Hit the trails to help support local families in need this holiday season. Bring non-perishable food items and receive a FREE DAY TRAIL PASS! Come explore 20+ miles of Galena Territory trails on your own horse! Simply drop off copies of your horse’s Coggins and your food donation when you check in to receive your day pass. Trailers can be parked at Shenandoah. All donations will be gifted to surrounding food banks. Two-hour ride from 10 a.m. to noon, then use the trails for the rest of the day on your own. Check-in at the Riding Center office. TEXT 815-777-9550 OR EMAIL with questions.

* Coggins are required for all horses. Food donations are not limited to cans; any non-perishable food will be accepted. Please no expired items. Donations should value at least $20.

Holiday Market

December 4, 2021

Join us 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Social Hall at the Owners’ Club to welcome the holiday season. 

Decorations, gift items, art, baked goods and much more.

The Territory Holiday Market is an event sponsored by the Greenspace Advisory Group of The Galena Territory Association, Inc. This volunteer group helps oversee the preservation and maintenance of the GTA's 1,900 acres of common grounds, trails and natural areas located in The Galena Territory.

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