Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site

A Place Called Home

Ulysses S. Grant is known as the victorious Civil War general who saved the Union and the 18th President of the United States. He first met Julia Dent, his future wife, at her family home, named White Haven. From 1854 to 1859 the Dents, Grants and an enslaved African-American workforce lived on the property.

There are many things to see and do at Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site. Whether you have half an hour or half a day, visit us and experience the history and beauty of White Haven.

Visit the Main House:

Free interpretive visits to the Main House are usually offered every 30 or 60 minutes beginning at 9:30 a.m. Typically the last house visit of the day begins at 4:00 p.m. Call ahead if your schedule is tight.

Due to preservation and safety concerns, space is limited for each time slot and tickets (which are free, and available at the Visitor Center desk) are required to reserve a place.

Please note that specific time slots may be unavailable due to heavy visitation, group reservations, maintenance activities, or inclement weather.

Please call the Visitor Center at (314)842-1867 and talk with the staff at the information desk for the most current information.

Watch the 22-minute introductory film, Ulysses S. Grant: A Legacy of Freedom, shown in the Visitor Center theater.

Walk the historic trace and learn about the people and property in the 19th century.

You can spend minutes or hours in the interpretive museum, located in the historic stable. The exhibit, An Intricate Tapestry: The Lives of Ulysses and Julia Grant, place the Grants within the context of 19th century American history, and reflect the important role Ulysses Grant played in the nation's past.

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Latitude: 38.551623 Longitude: -90.351646 Elevation: 518 ft
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Hours Open

9:00 am to 5:00 pm Daily. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Days.

Time Period Represented

1820 to 1885

Seasons Open

Open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Visitor Fees

Entrance to grounds, visitor center, parking areas, and special events are all free.

Accessibility Notes

Parking Lot
There are two marked handicap spaces, one with room to exit a vehicle to the left and one with room to exit a vehicle on the right.

Visitor Center
The visitor center is fully accessible. The theater features an induction loop for visitors with T-coil enabled hearing aides. Park staff can also provide receivers with assistive and descriptive listening for the film.

Historic House and Outbuildings
The house and outbuildings are approximately 400 feet from the visitor center. All but one room of the house is wheelchair accessible. All outbuildings are accessible.

The museum in the historic stable is wheelchair accessible.

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