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“An informative glimpse into the life of U.S. Grant” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ulysses S. Grant National Historical Site

Ulysses S. Grant National Historical Site
7400 Grant Rd., Saint Louis, MO 63123
(314) 842-1867
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Ranked #27 of 319 things to do in Saint Louis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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“An informative glimpse into the life of U.S. Grant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

This is grant's homestead in Missouri. It has been restored to the condition it would have been in the time he spent here. The house was originally owned by his father in law and there is an interesting video to watch in one of the rooms depicting the quarrels Grant had with his father in law over the issue of slavery. This is a very intersting tour and afterward there is a self guided area in the visitor's center that goes into more detail about Grant's life.
Recommended!

Visited November 2012
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Saint Charles, Missouri
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“Birday visit to US Grant home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

This little known national park unit keeps getting better and better with more upgraded facilities and excellent interpretation of Grant' s years in St. Louis

Visited August 2012
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Fox Lake, Illinois
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“Nice to go to after Grant's Farm”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012 via mobile

This historical site was very educational. There is a lot of information to go through that reviews not only his Presidency, but his private life and military career. The grounds are nice to walk through and the staff s very helpful.

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“Near Grant's farm”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

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

Visited May 2012
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“Very Good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Good story and beautiful home. All the furniture was burned in another home from the family but definitely worth it to see a part of history. A really good exhibit on the history of both families. definitely worth the trip.

Visited August 2012
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