The cottage called home by General Ulysses S. Grant still stands as a testament to New York state’s historic preservation initiatives. The home offers a window into the last days of the Civil War leader and 18th US President, as well as, breathtaking mountain views.
NY State Historic Site
New York state officially designated the cottage in Wilton a state historic site in 1971. It lies north of Saratoga Springs on Mt. McGregor, within the grounds of the Mt. McGregor Correctional Facility. Visitors must show a valid driver’s license at the prison grounds gate for admittance.
Fast Fact: The lat/long of the cottage is latitude 43.201328, longitude -73.745285.
Seasonally Limited Visitation
Grant’s cottage hosts visitors from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day on Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm. They serve the most popular American breakfast for a limited time.
From Labor Day through Columbus Day, the cottage allows visitors on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm.
It is open on three Mondays each year:
Large groups can schedule a visit by appointment. Groups of ten or more receive admission for $4 per person.
Adult admission costs $6. Students aged 6 to 18 years and adults 62 or older receive a $1 discount. Children younger than 6 years old receive free admission, as do active duty military who present their military identification.
Fast Fact: Special events hosted at the cottage may charge a different admission fee.
Grant’s Last Days
Grant died on July 23, 1885 from throat cancer. The cottage became his home for only the last six weeks of his life. It actually belonged to NY banker Joseph W. Drexel. Grant arrived at the Adirondack home on June 16, 1885, accompanied by his physicians, family, some friends and servants. Rather than a convalescence trip, Grant traveled to the mountain spot to continue writing his memoirs.
Author, humorist, publisher Mark Twain provided a $25,000 advance to Grant for his memoirs. Grant worked on the manuscript throughout the end stages of his cancer battle, completing it three days before his death. In the two years after his death, the book earned approximately $450,000 in royalties, which went to his widow, Julia.
Fast Fact: Visitors can view the period furnishings and the floral arrangements from Grant’s funeral, held on August 4, 1885.
A short trail leads from the cottage to Mt. McGregor’s Eastern Outlook. The outlook provides a sweeping view of the Hudson Valley, including the Adirondacks (north), Vermont’s Green Mountains (east) and the Catskills (south).
Fast Fact: The grounds also include a gift shop and visitor center.
Experience history and learn more facts about General Grant’s Cottage in New York by visiting the visitor center. You can also participate in seasonally hosted porch chats at the cottage.