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Grant Cottage State Historic Site

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Address
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: harriettfinch@aol.com

Fri 07 Oct
Grant's Grand Ball
Friday, October 7, 2016 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
(518) 587-8277

Join us for a celebration of Grant's military achievements in the most appropriate setting, the New York State Military Museum, 61 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs. On Friday, October 7 8pm - 10pm, historic figures and their wives (all in period clothing) will visit the Civil War gallery of the museum.  Mark Twain will welcome guests to an hour of dance provided by "Run the River".  This Friends of Grant Cottage fund raising event includes dancing, light fare and a cash bar. Bring your camera!  

Tickets are $50. For further details visit: www.grantcottage.org or call: 518-584-4353

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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)