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Grant Cottage State Historic Site

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1000 Mt McGregor Rd
Wilton, NY 12831
Latitude 43.201328
Longitude -73.745285

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It was in Joseph W. Drexel's Adirondack cottage that General Ulysses S. Grant died of throat cancer on July 23, 1885. President Grant arrived at the cottage on June 16, 1885, with a large entourage of family, friends, servants, and physicians in order to complete his memoirs. He died just four days after his final proofreading.

Today, the cottage and its furnishings remain essentially the same as during the Grant family's stay for six weeks in 1885. Guests to the cottage may visit the spacious porch, tour the cottage's four rooms, and view floral arrangements that remain from Grant's August 4th funeral.

There is also a short path to the Eastern Outlook, which commands a spectacular view of the Hudson Valley, from the Adirondacks in the north, the Green Mountains of Vermont to the east, and the Catskills to the south. Grant Cottage State Historic site was established in 1957 and is owned by the State of New York. It is operated by The Friends of the Ulysses S. Grant Cottage.

Cottage Porch Chats are held Wednesdays at noon periodically throughout the season. Please check out the Friend's website for details.

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 2294Wilton, NY 12831

Hours of Operation

  • The cottage is currently closed for the season, and will open again in May of 2015.
  • Memorial Day thru Labor Day, Wed.-Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
    The site is open weekends through Columbus Day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Fees & Rates

Historic sites charge a vehicle use fee and/or admittance fee at various times and locations throughout the year. A list of fees is available below. For program fees or to verify information, please contact the site directly.

  • Admission
  • $5 Adults
    $4 Seniors/Students
    Children 6 and under Free
    Group Rate (10 or more) $3

If you have a class of less than 30 students, we invite you to consider a trip to Grant Cottage. These school visits are free of charge to students and teachers.

Please consider a visit by one of our staff to your classroom before you come to the cottage. An introduction which explains the importance of visits to the cottage in 1885 will allow students to create a character from that time period and prepare to relive a moment on the porch when calling cards were delivered to a greiving member of the Grant family.

At the visitor center a short 20 minute film will explain Grant's trip to the cottage in 1885 and prepare students to walk the same path used by the 18th preseident and Civil War hero, Ulysses S. Grant. From the overlook students can see the landscape that Grant enjoyed.\\

For more information about this opportunity contact:

Sat 27 Aug
Plein Air - Artists Painting Event
Saturday, August 27, 2016 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
(518) 793-9350

The Friends of U.S. Grant Cottage Historic Site invite artist to participate in a one day "Plein Air" painting event on Sunday, August 27, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Artists are invited to bring their easels and painting supplies to setup anywhere on the grounds to paint the historic site and its landmark landscape and panoramic views.  The event is free to artist.  Paintings will be auctioned off at the Fine Arts Festival on September 18 to benefit Grant's Cottage (50/50 percentage rate).  Music will be provided by the Lost Rounders, "Politics and Patriots" starting at 1:00 pm.  For more information or to register contact Bev at bjsartworks@gmail.comor 518-793-9350.

Sat 27 Aug
Politics and Patriots with the Lost Radio Rounders
Saturday, August 27, 2016 01:00 PM
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
(518) 584-4353

Before there were political attack ads, there were attack songs! For this 2016 Presidential election season acoustic duo Lost Radio Rounders have created the perfect musical/historical program. "Politics & Patriots" blends harmony, history and humor to both inform and entertain. From our nation's earliest campaigns to the days of F.D.R., politicians created "songsters," booklets of lyrics promoting themselves and tearing down their opponents. These lyrics were set to the melodies of classic folk songs or popular tunes of the day. "Oh Susanna," "Auld Lang Syne," "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and many others lent their melodies to a candidate. "Politics & Patriots" shows that issues such as suffrage, abolition, and prohibition were also addressed in song.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Gift Shop (Accessible)
  • Scenic Views
    • Activities
    • Group Tours (Accessible)
    • Guided Tours (Accessible)
    • Historic House (Accessible)
    • Picnic Area (Accessible)