U.S. Grants Cottage

Trip Start Mar 04, 2005
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Trip End Dec 31, 2014


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Ledgeview Resort

Flag of United States  , New York
Saturday, July 7, 2012

It happens sometimes in our travels that we stumble upon a place that surprises us.  Grants Cottage is a good example.  It was to this cottage, owned by a family friend, that General U.S. Grant, our 18Th President came to work on his memoirs.  He was suffering from terminal throat cancer and had recently been left destitute by a failed investment.  When he received an offer of $25,000 for his memoirs - from publisher Mark Twain - he didn't hesitate. 

He came to this cottage, which was part of a much larger resort with his family and doctors.  He worked for almost 6 weeks on his memoirs.  Because of the advanced stage of his cancer he was not really able to talk so he spent most of his time writing, not just his memoirs but also notes to his family, friends and doctors. He completed the manuscript just three days prior to his death. 

He lay in state in this cottage prior to being returned by train, to New York City.  He had refused a Military burial because at that time tradition dictated that his wife could  not be buried with him.  He was such a hero to the country that the cottage immediately turned into a shrine with Civil War soldiers and citizens traveling from all over the country to visit it.  Because of this the cottage along with the interior furnishings have been preserved. 

The cottage still stands and remains furnished as it was during Grants stay.  The larger hotel and train line that came up the mountain are long gone.  The cottage is only open seasonally and tours are done by a volunteer.  I think the thing that surprised us the most was that you could almost feel the presence of General Grant as you walked the rooms he last lived in. And the view from the overlook, referred to as Grants last view, is stunning! 
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