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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

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.
  • 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

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • 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

Tue 21 Aug
The Best Hated Man in America
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
(518) 587-8277

Grant Cottage Site Manager Dave Hubbard will examine Ward's life, from his beginnings in western New York State, to his financial career, criminal activities, his connections to the Grants and the family's financial ruin and his time in prison.

Sat 25 Aug
The Rise and Fall of James Dean Fish
Saturday, August 25, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
(518) 587-8277

Join Amy Halsted, the great-great granddaughter of Fish on the porch of Grant Cottage to learn her ancestor's story, involving a gifted young actress, a mysterious trunk, U.S. Grant, and whole lot of scandal.

Sun 26 Aug
Grant’s Next Chapter
Sunday, August 26, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
(518) 587-8277

Historian Chris Mackowski explains why Vicksburg literally closed the book on one phase of Grant's career and set the stage for a whole new chapter.

Tue 28 Aug
June 12, 1863: The Day the War Stopped
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
(518) 587-8277

Grant Cottage tour guide Steve Trimm, portraying Oliver Batcheller of Saratoga, will tell the story of John Hart of Schenectady and the Southern town that honored him in 1863.

Sat 08 Sep
Men of Steel: Submarines in the Civil War
Saturday, September 8, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
(518) 587-8277

CDR Tory Swanson, USN (Ret.), will discuss submarine use during the Civil War, challenges to submarine research and development, and the innovations that led to some of the naval technology now used in our submarine force.

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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)