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Ulysses S. Grant National Historical Site
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Veterans day visit

On our way to St Roberts we stopped at this wonderful historic site. The park ranger led tour was... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Y8415NAjosephs
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Amazing Historic Site!

This National Historic Site is amazing. Beautiful visitors center with lots of history. The main... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Okie_Ron_1
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Oklahoma
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

On our way to St Roberts we stopped at this wonderful historic site. The park ranger led tour was excellent but we especially liked the museum. We thought there would be more people because of Veterans Day but I'm sure everyone that was there enjoyed the day.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This National Historic Site is amazing. Beautiful visitors center with lots of history. The main house has been restored and looks amazing. The property is well maintained and the rangers are full of knowledge. Great place to visit.

Thank Okie_Ron_1
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tour is well done and you are able to go in the house (first floor only) and the museum is beautifully done in the former stable. The rangers were knowledgeable and friendly. Allow about 2 hours for a full visit.

Thank asford1
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I enjoy visiting presidential sites and learning about their life and terms in office. This house and museum did not disappoint.There is an introductory film, followed by a ranger led tour of the house and grounds, ending up in the museum. Be sure to check out the world map in the gift shop that traces the Grants 2 1/2 year post presidency world tour. It is walking distance from Grants Farm if you are visiting that as well.

Thank barbielab
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The NPS forest ranger was exceptional, for both his level of enthusiasm and his level of information. Yes, the paint really is Paris green.. with arsenic.

Thank Robin T
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Though not a large NPS site it was well worth the trip for this history buff. The Park Rangers were very friendly and passionate about the site. The tour takes the better part of an hour and covers the house and several out buildings. You tour the first floor of the home which is sparsely appointed and the laundry and kitchen area. The basement of the house is open to tour and contains some good sound and video describing life of the slaves. You're then free to walk the property and the stables which house very good displays.

Thank David D
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

as the place was over-run by school children (to the point where even using the restroom was difficult) so there were no set tours and the poor park guides were about as frazzled as they could be. Despite that they did their best (one actually said, "could you please come back in about an hour so we can do things properly?" after apologizing profusely for the confusion) and kept a brave face.

The movie at the beginning (or end if your tour was as discombobulated as ours) was a bit "over-the-top" and somewhat hagiographic but gave a decent enough look at Grant and his relationship to this farm. The museum was nice enough but seemed to lose some focus as to whether to portray Grant as a great emancipator or one who could have/ should have done more.

All in all an enjoyable stop and we plan to re-visit when fewer school children and a better tour.

Thank tencatdaddy
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Reviewed 25 September 2018

The park rangers were all welcoming and knowledgeable about Grant and this site. There was a movie regarding his early life and a ranger led you to a self guided tour of the home. He was available to answer questions.

1  Thank cppptravel11125
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Reviewed 20 September 2018

After visiting Grant's Farm, we went across the road to the U.S. Grant home. Our tour guide (David) was fabulous (spoke loud so everyone could hear and had great understanding of the property and what took place there). The new museum is very good as well.

1  Thank Kathi H
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Reviewed 8 September 2018

The Grant National Historic Site is a wonderful resource for anyone interested in Ulysses S. Grant and the Civil War. It is part of the National Park Service, and is located on the grounds of Julia (Dent) Grant's family home.
An educational 22 minute movie can be watched prior to your tour. It is very informative, and really helps visitors to begin to understand Ulysses S. Grant .
The park offers tours of the home named "White Haven." Here is where Julia Grant grew up, and where U.S. Grant came to call on her while stationed at nearby Jefferson Barracks. On the tour you can see a dramatic video which shows Ulysses and his father-in-law argue over "states rights" prior to the Civil War. The grounds also has slave quarters, and a slave kitchen in the basement. The site takes you right into the controversy and tensions which led to the Civil War.
There is a restored barn which houses a museum dedicated to General, and later President, Grant. Educational computer kiosks allow you to explore Grant's career from a military and political viewpoint. Actual artifacts, including General Grant's shoulder boards, are on display through the exhibits.
The site also offers a variety of interpretive events throughout the year. Authors visit to discuss books about Grant. Lectures are given which explore various themes relating to Grant. Living history events are held which include portrayals of historic figures such as Lincoln, Grant, Harriet Tubman, and others. All of the events are listed on their website, where you can sign up to get updates about the programs offered.
The staff of the site are all very well informed, and are very friendly. They really help to make the Grant National Historic Site enjoyable and educational.
The site's most important accomplishment is that you will come away with a new appreciation of Ulysses S. Grant and his contributions to American history.

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