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 remains essentially the same as during the Grant family's stay. Visitors tour the downstairs of the cottage, viewing the original furnishings and decorations, personal items belonging to Grant, the bed where he died, and floral arrangements that remain from Grant's August 4th funeral.
Season and Hours Open
Memorial Day thru Labor Day, Wed.-Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Don't Miss This When Visiting
Don't forget to visit the gift shop or the chance to picnic with friends and family while you enjoy the scenic views.
Related Sites Or Experiences
New York State Military Museum Saratoga Springs, NY
Identify And Describe The Management Organization
The Ulysses S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site is operated by The Friends of The U.S. Grant Cottage, Inc. in cooperation with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the New York State Department of Correctional Services.
Suggested Further Reading
The Autobiography of General Ulysses S Grant: Memoirs of the Civil War
Additional Notes And Comments
The Cottage is on the grounds of the Mt. McGregor Correctional Facility. Visitors must stop at the access post and check in. The driver must have a license. Firearms, alcohol, and dogs are not allowed on the mountain.
Historic sites charge a vehicle use fee and/or admittance fee at various times and locations throughout the year. A list of fees is available below. For program fees or to verify information, please contact the site directly.
Children 6 and under Free
Group Rate (10 or more) $3
Tours Are Offered
Site is Child-friendly