Cottage History and Mission
The Ulysses S. Grant Cottage is reopening in May of 2022! This cottage served as the final home of Ulysees S. Grant, Civil War Commanding General and 18th president of the United States. Since his death, this land has been repurposed to be a tuberculosis sanitarium, a school and a prison before the property was finally developed into a museum by the Friends of the Ulysees S. Grant Cottage in 1989. Now, the cottage is a national historic landmark that hosts events that provide educational experiences for visitors as it takes them back in history. Visits to the cottage are fun for people of all ages who want to experience history coming alive!
Events at the Cottage
This year will celebrate the 200th birthday of Ulysees S. Grant! This milestone will be celebrated at the cottage with special programs like Grant’s 200th Birthday Bash and the Bicentennial Birthday Gala. Aside from these events, the Ulysees S. Grant cottage hosts many other celebrations throughout the year, some of which can also be attended virtually, including Grant Remembrance Day from July 23, 2021 to March 24, 2022 and Devotion: The Family Life of U.S. Grant from July 11, 2021 to March 13, 2022. More events and educational programs can be found here.
While the cottage is closed during its winter off-season, it will open back up to the public in May of 2022. Tours run every half-hour starting at 10 am and ending with the last tour starting at 3:30 pm. The tour guides ask that visitors arrive at least 15 minutes before the tour. Admission fees vary depending on the type of tour and age of visitor, but adult fees are $12 while discounts apply to members, seniors, children and veterans. Aside from walking tours, audio tours are also available for visitors for free. The cottage accommodates wheelchair users and leashed pets are allowed on the property.
“What an abundance of information offered by all the tour guides. Very interesting piece of history behind this President. Original furniture and the home left all in it’s place the day he died.”
—Chris H., Utica, NY