U.S. Grants Cottage
Trip Start Mar 04, 2005
253Trip End Dec 31, 2014
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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!