Ulysses S. Grant National Historical Site

Ulysses S. Grant National Historical Site

Ulysses S. Grant National Historical Site
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Stephanie R
San Antonio, TX6 contributions
Jul 2021
A park ranger gave the tour. He gave a brief history of Grant (about 15mins). You can walk through the house on your own and meet back up with the ranger before heading to the museum located in the old barn. The house was sparse not too many items adorned the rooms. It was pretty bare bones of just the house. The history of Grant was very interesting and how the house finally came into possession of the National parks. The museum in the barn is very nicely done with a lot of additional information (and it has ac). It was a little confusing which location was the house because it is next to the Busch property that had a lot more people. The Grant house is the first stop on the right. It is free to tour the property. The parking is right in the front, it is free. There is the typical little shop and clean restrooms. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Nice stop on our road trip only took us about 30-40mins with an 11 and 15 year old.
Written July 29, 2021
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RetiredTravelerTN
Nashville, TN3,836 contributions
Sep 2022
Ulysses S. Grant National Historical Site is certainly worth the time to visit. Parking is easy, and rangers greet guests just inside the visitor center. Options and times are explained so that guests can decide how much to see and when.

We did it all -- house tour, film, and museum. We enjoy seeing how our presidents lived with insights to their values and decisions. The museum is well presented with facts and memorabilia of Grant along with information of what was going on in the world at that time.

Suggested time: 1 1/2 - 2 hours
Written September 29, 2022
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Richard S
Washington DC, DC132 contributions
May 2022
A small but fascinating historical site. The visitors center and attached museum give a concise picture of Grant's time in St. Louis and the larger context of his career and the major historical events he experienced and shaped. The exhibits and an introductory movie try hard to paint a balanced historical perspective of the man and his times. There's no sugarcoating or glossing over of controversial issues, but the need to distill complex and extensive history into a manageable exhibit does leave out some context and explanation.

The house is wonderful. There are only a few pieces of furniture on display, with most rooms left empty. This makes it easier to focus on the building itself. From reading about "White Haven", I had always pictured a much larger house. It's surprisingly small, but probably large by the standards of the neighborhood at the time. The tour guide was wonderful--great knowledge and superb ability to present it.
Written May 23, 2022
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TravelingBubba
New Braunfels, TX211 contributions
Apr 2021
Another outstanding NHS property, the Grant historical site presents a unique view, not only of the man, but the life and times of the civil war and the era of reconstruction. Very good museum and the house and grounds are maintained very well. If you are a NPS passport "Stamper", an artist made an outstanding rubber stamp of his signature out of leather that is not to be missed.
Written October 15, 2021
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maapar
Mount Pleasant, SC826 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Visited here after Grant Farm and found it very informative. We visited the house after seeing the film about Grant. The ranger gave us a 15 minute introduction and then we did a self- guided tour of the house. Then we spent some time wandering the grounds and in the museum which gave a detailed history of Grant and his wife, Julia. Thoroughly enjoyed this. Gives you a different perspective on Grant .
Written October 26, 2021
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Beverly D
Morris Plains, NJ209 contributions
Jun 2021
Fair Haven is the name of the plantation owned by Grant's father-in-law and it is where Grant met his wife, Julia. Our guided tour gave us insight into a man who left the army because he missed his family, but rejoined when his country needed him. His leadership of the Union Army during the Civil War saved the Union and propelled him on to the presidency. Kyle, our guide, was forthcoming about Grant's failures as a farmer and a businessman but also extolled his great abilities as a military strategist. Kyle also pointed out that although in need of money for his family, he refused to sell his slave and instead, freed him. He was, above all, a man of character. We were also able to check out the plantation's dependencies and we saw an introductory film. Kyle who was new to the job as a ranger, certainly know his stuff.
Written July 17, 2021
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lovethebahamas2013
Saint Charles, MO191 contributions
Feb 2020
Located 10 miles southwest of downtown St. Louis, this site is packed with history. The paris green paint colored home that Ulysses and his wife Julia Dent Grant lived in sits on 9.65 acres. This home, also known as White Haven, offers free tours led by a park ranger. On the tour you will see the chicken coop, ice house and summer kitchen. Not in the mood for a guided tour, no problem, there is a self-guided walk around the property. The 1872 horse stables house museum exhibits on Ulysses and wife Julia.

Hours: Open daily from 9-5 pm except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Groups of 15 or more will require a reservation. Call (314) 842-1867 x 229 for reservations.

Important Note: GPS navigation systems often misdirect visitors to the back gate, or entrance, to Grants Farm which is not affiliated with the National Historic Site.

Highly recommend a visit.
Written February 27, 2020
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hrobinson1114
Nashville, TN2,583 contributions
Apr 2022 • Solo
The house itself is fairly bare, and you can only go on the first floor (the second floor doesn’t meet fire codes), but it’s beautiful and peaceful, and the green color is a knock out!

The best part of this experience is the museum. Broken into subjects such as “was Grant prejudice?” Or “was Grant a drunk?” Each section is thorough without being overwhelming, and is actually quite neutral. Grant’s actual words/writing and policies are presented, as well as witness accounts. I learned a lot without feeling anyone was trying to influence me. They were just presenting facts and letting me interpret.

There were many artifacts from Grant’s life. I learned a lot about his wife/marriage, his contentious relationship with his enslaved-owning in-laws, and his children.

Around 15 minutes outside St. Louis proper, but it’s free and easy to get to by main arteries. Not the fanciest presidential home, but definitely worth the trip.
Written April 23, 2022
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Wejoy
Willowick, OH175 contributions
Aug 2021
In order to see the house you need to have guide take you to the gate. Our guide told us the history about Ulysses S. Grant and the home before the self-guided tour into the house.
We enjoyed it all. There is also a museum that you can check out either before or after you see the house.
All is free.
Written August 18, 2021
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Christina B
Louisiana2,493 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
We took on 5/22/22. We accidentally time our arrival perfect. We were able to join the group that was gathering. He also
saw others coming so waited for them as well before starting. Our Ranger was awesome. So informative, so easy to understand. He drew you into the history. Welcomed questions and pointed in directions to make sure you saw everything. You are allowed to wander freely to see the downstairs and buildings & kitchen on your own. There’s an awesome museum in what was once the original barn. Lots and lots of Information there. Really enjoyed this stop.
Written May 29, 2022
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