Meet Sandy and Charles Fach of Abes Spring Street Guest House
How many years have you and Charles been innkeepers?
It is said that time passes quickly when you are having fun. I guess we are having a great time for we have operated Abe’s Spring Street Guest House since 1983, 35 years! The guesthouse has given us an opportunity to meet some wonderful people and develop some lasting friendships which continue today.
What is your favorite part about our community/Galena?
Our favorite part is being a part of a community that treasures its history, past and present, and its lands. There is an active Conservation Foundation here which helps preserve the beautiful lands in Jo Daviess County so generations to come may also enjoy them.
What is your favorite event in Galena or way to participate and give back?
Oktoberfest is our favorite event although there are many events throughout the year for everyone to enjoy. The wiener dog races are a delight to watch. My husband, an artist, contributes the trophies each year for the winners of this race. This event is sponsored by the local Lions Club and the proceeds go to help families in need in this area and to local charities.
What fun things can your guests expect when they stay at Abes Spring Street Guest House?
Abe’s Spring Street Guest House is part of an 1850 Brewery complex. Guests are given a tour of this historic facility which encompasses three buildings. They may view the lagering vaults, see the last brew master’s signature etched in glass and learn first hand information about the process of beer making. My husband is an excellent home brewer and is quite knowledgeable about the whole process.
Over the years the buildings have had many uses – restaurant, pop bottle factory, German-English boys boarding house to name a few. Two interesting stories that happened here are about John Dillinger and a town drunk.