Description - Four days after General Ulysses S. Grant's memories received their final proofreading, he died of throat cancer at Joseph W. Drexel's cottage. The cottage remains as it did in 1885. Sights of the four rooms and spacious porch are offered Memorial Day through Labor Day and on weekends through mid-October.
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Grant Cottage State Historic Site
- It was in Joseph W. Drexel's Adirondack cottage that General Ulysses S. Grant died of throat cancer on July 23, 1885. President Grant arrived at the cottage on June 16, 1885, with a large entourage of family, friends, servants and physicians in order to complete his memoirs. He died just four days after his final proofreading.
Today, the cottage and its furnishings remain essentially the same as during the Grant family's stay for six weeks in 1885. Guests to the cottage may visit the spacious porch, tour the cottage's four rooms and view floral arrangements that remain from Grant's August 4th funeral.
Recreation - Grant Cottage State Historic Site offers group tours, guided tours, picnicking opportunities, scenic views and a gift shop. The historic cottage is open Memorial Day through Labor Day, Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. It is also open weekends in September and first two weekends in October from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $2.50 adults, $2.00 senior citizens, $1.00 children ages 5-16. Children under 5 are admitted free. The group rate is $1.50 per person.
Climate - The historic site has a varied climate with average January temperatures ranging from 14 to 22 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 to -6 degrees Celsius). Summer temperatures average around 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius). Precipitation in the region ranges from 36 to more than 44 inches of rain and snowmelt. A slender parcel along the eastern state line receive the heaviest precipitation.
To reach Grant Cottage, take Exit 16 off Interstate 87 in Wilton.