Learning about Ulysses S Grant in Ohio

We love learning about our United States Presidents by visiting their birthplaces, boyhood homes and libraries. Recently we spent an afternoon in southern Ohio visiting the birthplace cabin and boyhood home of Ulysses S. Grant. Located less than an hour from Cincinnati, you can visit both of these historic landmarks and learn about the early life of one of our most famous US Generals and 18th American President, Ulysses S. Grant.

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Learning about Ulysses S Grant in Ohio

There are several significant landmarks in southern Ohio where you can learn about President Ulysses S Grant. The best place to start is Grant’s birthplace home in Point Pleasant, Ohio.

Grant Birthplace

Ulysses S Grant was actually born as Hiram Ulysses Grant. When you visit his birthplace home in the small town of Point Pleasant, Ohio, you are given the opportunity to learn about the Grant family. Some of the furnishings and decor pieces on display in the house belonged to the Grant family while other artifacts in the home are original to the time period.

Grant Birthplace Home

Though the home is small, the tour lasts approximately an hour. You get a fully narrated, guided tour through the birthplace home. Our tour guide was knowledgeable about the home and was easily able to tell us stories about many of the pieces on display in the small Grant cabin.

Grant Birthplace Home

One of the great things about this personal tour is the opportunity to dive deeper into the history of the Grant family and the artifacts that help you understand the early life of General and President Grant.

Ulysses S. Grant served as U.S. general and commander of the Union armies during the late years of the American Civil War, later becoming the 18th U.S. president.

Grant Birthplace Home

Though the cabin is small, you are able to learn much information about the family of our 18th President. Ulysses S. Grant was born in this cabin on April 27, 1822. Grant only lived here about a year after his birth, it is important to learn about the president’s family and get a sense of how he was raised.

Grant Birthplace Home

Born as Hiram Ulysses Grant, he changed his name at the age of 17 when a clerical error had listed him as Ulysses S. Grant. Not wanting to be rejected by West Point, he changed his name on the spot.

Tour the birthplace of Ulysses S. Grant, Civil War general and two-term president of the United States. See how the Grant family established themselves in southern Ohio in the early 19th century and hear the fascinating story of the house and how it traveled across the country by train later in the 19th century. Average visit time: Allow 1 hour.

1551 State Route 232
Point Pleasant, OH 45153

  • Parking is Free
  • Admission is $3.00 per person.

Grant Boyhood Home & Schoolhouse

Located approximately 30 minutes from the birthplace home in Point Pleasant, you can tour Grant’s Boyhood Home and Schoolhouse in Georgetown, Ohio. Ulysses S. Grant lived in this home from 1823, when Grant was one year old, until 1839, when he left to attend West Point.

Grant Boyhood Home Georgetown Kentucky

You are able to tour the entire home and learn about the life of young Ulysses as he grew from boy to man. There are some actual pieces in the home that were owned by the Grant family as well as many others that are of the time.

Grant Boyhood Home

You should allow about an hour to tour the home and then drive over a couple blocks to the Grant Schoolhouse where Ulysses was a student. Cost for the schoolhouse tour is included with the Grant Boyhood home ticket.

Ulysses S Grant Schoolhouse

This one room school house has many artifacts including a wooden bench that was used while Ulysses S Grant was a student.

Ulysses S Grant Schoolhouse

U.S. Grant Boyhood Home & Schoolhouse
Home: 219 E. Grant Avenue
Schoolhouse: 508 S. Water St.
Georgetown, OH 45121

  • Parking is Free.
  • Admission is $5.00 per person ($3.00 for students).

Looking for another presidential landmark in southern Ohio? Did you know that you can tour the Historic Taft Historic Site in Cincinnati?

William Taft Historic Site
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  1. I can’t wait to visit these historic sites affiliated with U.S. Grant! My interest was sparked by a recent visit last year (November 2021) to the actual Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library at my alma mater, Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS… it was extraordinary and gave me such a deeper appreciation for the life of this true patriot and gentleman. Come down to see this and more of our beautiful state if you get the chance, and I look forward myself to traveling soon to OH to see the rest! God Bless.

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