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Ulysses S. Grant Cottage
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Wilton
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Impoverished by a Ponzi-style swindle and dying of throat cancer, Ulysses S. Grant moved to the Cottage on June 16, 1885. With the love and support of his family, his publisher Mark Twain and the nation at large, he completed Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant only days before his death on July 23, 1885. The publication of this two-volume work ensured his family’s financial security and gave the world one of the most critically acclaimed memoirs by a U.S. president or historic military figure. Today, the cottage remains essentially the same as during the Grant family's stay. Visitors tour the downstairs of the cottage, viewing the original furnishings, decorations, and personal items belonging to Grant, including the bed where he died, and floral arrangements that remain from Grant's August 4th funeral. The cottage is now owned by the State of New York and open to the public by the Friends of the Ulysses S. Grant Cottage. Located just 9 miles from downtown Saratoga Springs
Reviewed September 16, 2013

This was where President Grant spent his final days and completed his memoirs. The cabin was left exactly as it was when Grant lived there and the tour guide was excellent. It shows a different side of Grant with a focus on his wife and family and how he insured his family's future was secure prior to his death. As other reviewers have noted the cabin is located on the prison grounds but very easy to access. The views from the the area overlooking the mountains is stunning! A worthwhile way to spend a couple of hours.

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Reviewed August 7, 2013

Convenient to Saratoga Springs, the cottage is virtually unchanged from when President Grant completed his memoirs. Knowledgable docents who were flexible in their presentations added to the experience. The prison referenced in other reviews is scheduled to be closed shortly. The view from the overlook is outstanding.

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Reviewed July 31, 2013

To get to the cottage, which is located on the grounds of the prison in Wilton, we had to enter the prison like an ordinary visitor. Very unsettling, but only because I've never visited a prison before. We drove around to the back side of the prison grounds to the "cottage" where U.S. Grant visited before he died. The home is much larger than we expected, but visitors are only allowed on the ground floor. We were told the caretaker lived upstairs.

The most unsettling part of the tour was the parlor, which was left exactly like it was when Grant died in the room. The parlor is set up with the hospital bed where Grant died and the other end of the room is filled with specially preserved wreaths and flower sprays.

It's very easy to get spooked in a place like this, but the day we visited was rainy and the hill where the house sits was completely socked in by a thick fog. The spooky part? Leaving the home's exit, onto the large wrap around porch along the front of the house, we encountered two men in rocking chairs. They definately weren't there when we got there, and the scary part is, one of them was a dead ringer for Robert E. Lee, gray whiskers and all.

An enjoyable stop for a couple of President's Groupies.

4  Thank Ivey C
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

If you are a fan of US Grant, or just the US Civil War...this stop is a must see.
Less than 30 minutes north of I-90, this was an unexpected pleasure, as the web site and brochures do not do it justice. The first floor of the cottage contains almost all the original furnishings and items that belonged to Grant shortly before he died (incredible that they all remained intact) The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly, making a good experience even better.
As the cottage is located near a correctional facility, you do have to show ID when entering the area.

Well worth the trip...a must see for those who are history buffs.

s.e.

2  Thank civilwarToronto
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

I wasn't sure what to expect after having been on many tours of homes before and being bored. It was a little odd that this is owned and located on state prison property, so be prepared to show your liscence to get up to it. Once you arrive there is short movie to view with some interesting history. The cottage itself once inside was left pretty much the same when grant was there. It was a little creepy to see the actual flowers from his funeral, but interesting at the same time. They have many of his personal belongings there. view on the overlook is great must not miss. you can see why he choose here as his place to write, and move on at.

4  Thank Laura P
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