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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

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.

In 2021, Grant Cottage State Historic Site was designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Please check out the Friend's website for details.

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

Hours of Operation

  • 2023 Season / 9:30 am - 4 pm

    June 1 - June 18: Thursday - Sunday

    June 21 - July 30: Wednesday - Sunday
    *Open on Tuesday, July 4 for Independence Day

    Beginning July 18th: Opens Tuesday

    August 1- September 3: Tuesday - Sunday

    September 6 - October 29: Wednesday - Sunday

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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 (Tours of the Cottage)
  • Entrance to the Cottage is by guided tour only. Be advised that Tours may fill and reserving your Tour prior to your visit is highly recommended. Tours start every 30 minutes with the last Tour of the day at 3:30p.m. Please arrive early, 15 minutes prior to the start time of your Tour. 

    Adults: $12
    Seniors (62 & up): $9
    Ages 17 & under: $5
    Children under 6: FREE
    Veterans & Active Military: FREE w/ I.D. 
    Private Tours: $100 (Available outside normal business hours by appointment)

Grant Cottage welcomes school groups of all ages from May through October. Contact us today to learn about the many programs and activities our site is ready to offer your kids. Enjoy historical fun and the beautiful outdoors at a National Historic and Literary Landmark.

We participate in New York State Parks' Connect Kids to Parks Field Trip Grant Program (Connect Kids), a field trip refund grant program. Click here for information on this program.

*Teachers & Chaperones are FREE*

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Sat 23 Sep
Grant’s Underappreciated Peace Legacy
Saturday, September 23, 2023 01:00 PM
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
General Grant earned lasting fame in the annals of military history as the victorious general who forged Union victory during the Civil War. Far less remembered are his achievements advancing peace in his postwar career. Among other things, his foreign policy during his presidency successfully navigated several threats of war and in the process helped fuel an international movement to find alternatives to war. It turns out that the epitaph on Grant's Tomb, "Let us have peace," is meaningful even beyond Grant's better known feats that dealt directly with the Civil War and Reconstruction. The program honors the U.N.'s International Day of Peace (September 21) and is Part 2 of the Friends' second annual Grant Cottage Literary Landmark Author series. Presenter Frank Scaturro is an author, attorney with constitutional law expertise, historian and public advocate. As a college student, he spearheaded the restoration of Grant's Tomb in New York City's Riverside Park and is the current president of The Grant Monument Association which is dedicated to the preservation of Grant's Tomb. He is the author of several books including President Grant Reconsidered (1998) and The Supreme Court's Retreat from Reconstruction (2000). Scaturro is also co-editor of Grant at 200: Reconsidering the Life and Legacy of Ulysses S. Grant (2022). A book signing will be held at the conclusion of the program.

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Gift Shop (Accessible)
  • Picnic Area (Accessible)
  • Tours (Accessible)