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Ulysses S. Grant Cottage, Wilton

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  • This little history gem is off the beaten path and worth the wander. Along with the history of being the place that where President Grant finished his memoirs and died, it is steeped in history as a l...  more »
  • We've been traveling for three weeks (Arizona to the east coast) and this is one of our favorite stops. Ben, a volunteer, brought U.S. Grant to life for us. We learned a lot about this former Presiden...  more »
  • If you are a Civil War buff, and in the Saratoga Springs NY area, you will really enjoy a visit to this historic location. This restored cabin, where General Grant wrote his memoirs, and died shortly ...  more »
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  • The cottage where General Grant wrote his memoir is a wonderful spot to spend an afternoon. If you're a history buff, take the guided tour of the house, while if you're looking for scenic views you can take the short, paved trail to an expansive overlook of the southern Adirondacks and Vermont. Nearby is the (closed) Mt McGregor correctional facility which adds another interesting layer to the area.
  • Very fascinating and interesting history of the cottage, General Grant, the area where it's located and the era that encompassed the origins of the property. I've lived in the area my whole life and can't believe I hadn't been up here. A definite must see, especially on a nice day!
  • The view off that little path on the right is breathtaking and wheelchair accessible. It was so nice to show my brother-in-law what my wife and I see when we climb mountains.
  • The view from the top is breath taking !
  • This is where Ulysses S Grant spent the last six weeks of his life, finishing his memoirs. The family was desitute, and this was his attempt to provide for them. Published by Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), they were enormously succesful and the family became wealthy. A small Visitor's Center with knowlegable staff, an introductory video and some timeline information is your first stop.(Good bookstore too) Take the time to see and read all. A short walk (100 yards) to the Overlook is a must. A great view and some more information. (also some amazing 21st century industrial sites that are surprising). The cottage is small - tour is only on the first floor (Grant never got to the 2nd floor). The interior is as it was in 1885. (and shame on the ones I saw walking on the 130 year old carpet despite the guide's request). 90 minutes is a good time estimate to do it all. While this is a New York State Historical Site, it is operated by the Friends of Grant's Cottage - check their web site for events and lectures. I used 20 Mount McGregor Road, Wilton, NY in my GPS - it was short of the site - just keep going up the hill to the Correctional Facility (closing - no prisoners on site). Check in at the gate and bear right up the hill.) And to the reviewer who gave it 2 stars - shame on you - YOU failed to check the schedule - you never saw the place. Bad form.