The Ulysses S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site opened for the 2019 season on Saturday. Guided tours of the cottage are available and new exhibits are on display.
The Visitor Center exhibit, “Grant Becomes a Cancer Patient, 1884 to 1885,” explores the General’s final months from a medical perspective. Using period medical equipment and related artifacts from the Trombley-Prosch collection, the story of Grant’s cancer diagnosis, treatment, and diet in the final weeks of his life on Mount McGregor is interpreted.
A new artifact has been installed in the Office room exhibit case at the Cottage. It displays a note that was written by Grant to his physician Dr. John H. Douglas following a medical assessment. At the time, Grant was engaged in his final battle – a race with terminal throat cancer to finish his memoirs. The Cottage’s collections hold 5 other handwritten notes by Grant. None of them reference his thoughts on his illness.
Grant Cottage, located at 1000 Mt. McGregor Road in Wilton, is open 10 am to 4 pm Wednesdays to Sundays, Memorial Day through Labor Day. Cottage tours are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $5 for students ages 6-18. The suggested donation for programs is $5 per person. For more information, visit their website or call (518) 584-4353.
Photo of Grant’s Cottage provided.