Thursday, November 23, 2017

U.S. Grant Birthplace

U.S. Grant Birthplace
U.S. Grant Birthplace

Website: http://ohsweb.ohiohistory.org/places/sw08/index.shtml
Phone:    (513) 553-4911
Address: 1551 State Rt 232, Point Pleasant, OH 45153.

Info: Clermont County, just off of U.S. Route 52 about five miles east of New Richmond. Kids 5 & under FREE, Youths 6 -12 $1.50, Adults $2.50, Senior $2.00

Since we have had less than 50 presidents in the history of the United States, you would think that there would be only one president from each state. However, Ohio is known as the “Mother of Presidents” because 8 American presidents came from Ohio and Ulysses S. Grant is one of them.

If you go to The White House website, you can read more about President Grant at WhiteHouse.gov, but we found a quick summary of his presidence at http://www.oisforohio.net/presidents.html which says:

Ulysses S. Grant was 39 years old when he volunteered to fight for the Union in the Civil War. A graduate of West Point, he fought in The Mexican War under General Zachary Taylor. He was also an Ohio farmer and not only did he bring along part of his Army staff, but most of the farm with him to the White House, including horses, pigs, roosters, two ponies, named “Reb” and “Billy Button”, his Newfoundland dog, “Faithful” and a parrot. He was the first and only president to get a speeding ticket, charged $20 for speeding on his horse.

The Ohio Historical Society  website says this about him and his birthplace:

Ulysses S. Grant was born 27 April 1822 in picturesque Point Pleasant near the mouth of Big Indian Creek at the Ohio River. This restored one-story, three-room cottage, which was built in 1817, was next to the tannery where Grant’s father worked. The small cottage is furnished with period items. At one time the birthplace made an extensive tour of the United States on a railroad flatcar and was also temporarily displayed on the Ohio State fairgrounds.

Typical Day: Plan a day for an American history lesson, outdoor play, and even maybe… Eagle watching. President Grant’s birthplace is a little off the beaten path and a few miles a way from Cincinnati, but not too far to be considered too long for a few hours of fun.

When we arrived at Grant’s birthplace, the cashier/narrator organized us all into one little bedroom and entertained us for a good 15 to 20 minutes with a wonderful history lesson on President Grant, his parents, the straw beds, and what life was like back then. It was a beautiful sunny day, and after looking over all the little details and pictures, we headed outside to the picnic tables across the street in the grassy scenic field next to the Ohio river (bathrooms available… always a PLUS). Not only did we enjoy lunch, but we played soccer, jump rope, and a great game of tag.

Cincy Kids: APPROVE!

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