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GEORGETOWN, Ohio -- The U.S. Grant boyhood home in Georgetown, Ohio was the home of Ulysses S. Grant, 18th president of the United States.
He lived there from 1823, when Grant was 1 year old, until 1839, when he left to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.
Grant lived in this home longer than any other house during his lifetime. Visit the website of this attraction here.
Built in 1823, additions to the home were made in 1825 and 1828, and many more times after it was sold in 1840's.
Designated a National Historic Landmark, it opened for visitors in 1982. Today it is the property of the Ohio History Connection, while the museum is staff and maintained by the Homestead Association.
In 1976, the house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Georgetown’s nationally-known wildlife artist, John Ruthven, and his late wife, Judy, who was an active preservationist, bought the Grant Boyhood Home in 1977 to ensure its future. Slated for demolition in the in the early 1980's, the property was saved by the Ruthvens.
The Ruthvens restored and furnished the house, with one room dedicated to Grant memorabilia, and added a wing to the rear for exhibit space. It has been open to visitors since 1982 when it was named a National Historic Landmark, the highest designation awarded to historic properties by the federal government.
In 2002, the Ruthvens donated the Grant Boyhood Home to the State of Ohio, which placed it under the auspices of the Ohio History Connection. A multi-year $1.4 million restoration of the Grant Boyhood Home was completed in 2013.
The U.S. Grant Boyhood Home & Schoolhouse are locally managed by the Ulysses S. Grant Homestead Association.
The two-room school attended by Ulysses was built in 1829 and served as Georgetown's one-room schoolhouse for over 20 years until it was replaced in 1852.
The building became Ohio History Connection property in 1941, and it is now regularly staffed, and can be toured with the homestead.
Explore young Ulysses S. Grant’s life by visiting the school he attended and his boyhood home, restored to its 1839 appearance, the year Grant left for West Point.
At this National Historic Landmark, hear from the young man himself as he describes growing up in rural Ohio and learn how his early days formed the character of a future general and president. Average visit time: Allow 1+ hours.