One hundred and thirty-three years ago, at age 63, U.S. Grant finally bowed to the enemy who could defeat him – cancer. It has become a tradition at Grant Cottage to mark this somber occasion by recreating the Grant family circle and allowing those who loved him most to speak about Grant the husband, father and grandfather. Reenactors portraying Grant’s family and close friends will gather on the Cottage porch and bid the man they loved and respected a final, very personal farewell. Speakers will be Ben Kemp (in the character of U.S.G.’s middle son, Ulysses S. Grant, Jr.) and Steve Trimm (in the character of Grant physician Dr. John Hancock Douglas). The program will include music, and while acknowledging grief, will be a celebration of Grant’s truly extraordinary life.
The suggested donation for this program is $5 per person. Grant Cottage Porch Programs are made possible by a grant from the Adirondack Trust Community Fund.