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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:

Sun 31 Jul
W.J. Arkell Presentation
Sunday, July 31, 2016 01:00 PM
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
(518) 587-8277

W.J. Arkell played an important role in the development of the Saratoga, McGregor and Lake George Railroad and the development of the Hotel Balmoral.  Both were instrumental in bringing Ulysses S. Grant and his family to Mt. McGregor in the summer of 1885.  Site interpreter, Dave Hubbard, provides an entertaining presentation about W. J. Arkell of Canajoharie and the family's contribution to business and the arts in this area of New York.
Sun 07 Aug
Flags at Half Mast
Sunday, August 7, 2016 01:00 PM
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
(518) 584-4353

Historian, author, and educator Brooks D. Simpson will draw from three of his books:  The Reconstruction Presidents, Ulysses S. Grant, Triumph and Adversity and Let Us Have Peace in his presentation. Brooks Simpson is the commemorative speaker at this annual event which acknowledges Grant's funeral in August of 1885.   Images from the funeral procession in New York City will be viewed in the Visitor Center later in the day.

Sun 14 Aug
Thank You President Grant
Sunday, August 14, 2016 01:00 PM
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
(518) 584-4353

National Park Superintendent, Amy Bracewell, will share information about President Grant's steps to sign into existence the world's first national park in 1872 -Yellowstone.  Grant played an integral role in the protection of our nations' treasures.  This year is the centennial year for the National Park Service which President Wilson signed into law. Following Superintendent Bracewell's presentation visitors will enjoy birthday cake acknowledging the park's 100th birthday.
Wed 17 Aug
Our Wealthy Neighbors to the North
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 01:00 PM
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
(518) 584-4353

In the 1880's a nearby village on the Hudson River supplied power, lumber, paper, lime, and textiles to growing industries.  A buckboard company catered to the rich and famous.  Join Chapman Museum educator, Kim Harvish for a glimpse into the life of Glens Falls, our wealthy neighbors to the north in 1885.

Sat 20 Aug
The Malta Rocket Test Station - America's First Step into Space
Saturday, August 20, 2016 01:00 PM
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
(518) 584-4353

When we think of the American space program, Cape Canaveral and Houston come to mind---- but the first American rocket test facility was tucked in among the pines of the Luther Forest Preserve. The race to the Moon began in Malta, NY. On August 20 Paul Perreault, Town of Malta Historian, will tell how the German V-2 rockets were taken directly from the battlefields of Europe to  be studied by General Electric scientists and engineers at the Malta Rocket Test Station. Perreault has been the Malta Town historian since 2009. He received a BA in History from Siena College and a MA from SUNY Albany.

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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)