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Ulysses S. Grant Cottage

1000 Mt McGregor Rd, Wilton, NY 12831-1223
+1 518-584-4353
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Worth the visit, nice views. Went in the spring and again in the fall. Try to be there for a... read more

Reviewed 8 January 2018
Linda M
Beautifully Preserved Gem of a Historic Site

This is a small but beautifully preserved historic site. The house was closed immediately after... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2017
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Impoverished by a Ponzi-style swindle and dying of throat cancer, Ulysses S. Grant moved to the Cottage on June 16, 1885. With the love and support of his family, his publisher Mark Twain and the nation at large, he completed Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant only days before his death on July 23, 1885. The publication of this two-volume work ensured his family’s financial security and gave the world one of the most critically acclaimed memoirs by a U.S. president or historic military figure. Today, the cottage remains essentially the same as during the Grant family's stay. Visitors tour the downstairs of the cottage, viewing the original furnishings, decorations, and personal items belonging to Grant, including the bed where he died, and floral arrangements that remain from Grant's August 4th funeral. The cottage is now owned by the State of New York and open to the public by the Friends of the Ulysses S. Grant Cottage. Located just 9 miles from downtown Saratoga Springs
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1000 Mt McGregor Rd, Wilton, NY 12831-1223
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Reviewed 8 January 2018

Worth the visit, nice views. Went in the spring and again in the fall. Try to be there for a program and special events. The Friends of Grant Cottage do a lovely job.

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Melissa S, Manager at Ulysses S. Grant Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2018

Thank you so much for the review. We're thrilled that you enjoyed your visit and hope you'll be back for future programs!

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Reviewed 9 October 2017

This is a small but beautifully preserved historic site. The house was closed immediately after Grant's death and was later opened with all the furnishings and personal items intact. The tour guide was extremely helpful and knowledgeable, and she provided an excellent overview of the...More

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Melissa S, Executive Director at Ulysses S. Grant Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2017

We're so happy that you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for sharing your feedback!

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Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

This was one of the best presidential tours we've ever taken. Diana, our guide, was a fascinating storyteller, well-versed historian buff, and a Grant enthusiast. She made history come alive and told us many things we never knew about Grant and the civil war. The...More

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Melissa S, Executive Director at Ulysses S. Grant Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2017

Thank you so much for the fantastic feedback. We're so glad that you enjoyed your time at the Cottage!

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Reviewed 17 September 2017

Attended ceremony recently when it received a literary landmark designation. Grant wrote his memoirs here & later died. Had interesting front porch lecture & tour inside. Great gift shop - bought the book on Grant by Smith. Recommended to me by a librarian. The former...More

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Melissa S, Executive Director at Ulysses S. Grant Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2017

We're so glad to that you made it to our Literary Landmark ceremony. Thank you for visiting!

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Reviewed 16 September 2017

This was Grant's cottage during the last 6 weeks of his life. He had been diagnosed with throat cancer brought on from his cigar smoking habit (which he picked up after receiving lots of cigars congratulating him on his wins in the Civil War). The...More

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Melissa S, Executive Director at Ulysses S. Grant Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2017

Thank you for visiting and for your review!

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Reviewed 14 September 2017

not to far from home, who knew this was even here... neat thing to do that's free and educational especially for home schoolers in the area

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Reviewed 6 September 2017

What an abundance of information offered by all the tour guides. Very interesting piece of history behind this President. Original furniture and the home left all in it's place the day he died.

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Melissa S, Executive Director at Ulysses S. Grant Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2017

Thank you for visiting and for the review!

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Reviewed 3 September 2017

This is the cottage where Grant spent his last days. BUt the excellent panels in the museum and the superb docent who conducted the tour gave us a fascinating overview of the life of this important historical figure. Very much worth visiting, even going out...More

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Reviewed 31 August 2017

Scenery is beautiful, very educational and they have great programs throughout the season. Go and you won't regret it.

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Reviewed 14 August 2017

After living in the area all of my 63 years, I finally managed to visit this historic site. The tour was of the first floor only. Our guide was knowledgeable. The house is as it was the day Grant died and after at the funeral...More

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Response from singlemomoftwins | Reviewed this property |
When I visited, we entered at the side door. There are still stairs, but there is a railing. We exited out the front door, but there is a wrap-around porch and you can easily walk around to the side stairs. There is a... More
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