We first visited Grant's Farm. Across the street is this historic site. The visitor center has many exhibits on Grant and his family. Be sure to watch the film. It will explain the history of "White Haven", which is now called Ulysses S Grant Historic Site. Admission is free. Take the tour - it is very informative & an easy walk. It includes the main house, summer kitchen, chicken house, ice house and museum. Walking around, you would never know you were in the middle of an urban area. Our tour guide was a man who had a history major and now works for the park service. He did a great job.
I learned that Ulysses met his wife Julia Dent while he was stationed Jefferson Barracks, south of St Louis in the 1844. It was an interesting courtship because Julia's father was a slave owner. Grant was an outspoken supporter of the Union. When the Civil War broke out Julia had one brother that fought for the Union and one sided with the Confederacy.
Ulysses and Julia married, farmed the land and raised his family here. The property was 850 acres. It is now 10 acres. They built a log house, Hardscrabble, on the property in 1856. You can see the log cabin at Grant's Farm, across the street. Later they purchased White Haven from Julia's father in the 1860's. Even though they lived other places, this was still considered home to the family.
Driving to this historic site, we saw many homes built on what was once White Haven. That happens to many of our historic places. At least 10 acres and some of the buildings were preserved.
After visiting this place, I want to do more research on President Grant. I am so glad I stopped.
TIP: Also visit Jefferson Barracks
If you own or manage Ulysses S. Grant National Historical Site, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.