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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

  • 2024 Season / 9:30 am - 4 pm

    April 27 - May 26: Friday - Sunday
    *Open on Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day

    May 29 - July 14: Wednesday - Sunday

    July 16 - September 1: Tuesday - Sunday
    *Open Monday, September 2nd Labor Day

    September 3 - October 27: Wednesday - Sunday
    *Open Monday, October 14th Indigenous Peoples Day

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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)
  • The Lifetime Liberty Pass
  • 'The Lifetime Liberty Pass permits residents of New York State who are Veterans or Gold Star Parents, Spouses, or Siblings, free or discounted use of state parks, historic sites, and recreational facilities.'

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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Amenities Information

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