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General Grant's Supporting Players

  • Grant Cottage 1000 Mt. McGregor Road Wilton, NY 12831 (map)
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There's so much to say about General Grant's final year - his year of struggle against poverty and cancer - Grant Cottage tour guides never have time to share the stories of the extraordinary ordinary people who assisted him in his last battle. Duncan McGregor of Wilton, the curmudgeon for whom Mount McGregor is named. Charles Wood of Troy, who saved the Grant family from financial humiliation. Sam Willett of Argyle, who became the General's unofficial bodyguard. And former slave Harrison Terrell, Grant's valet who almost literally remained within arm's reach of the ex-President during the last year of his life - and, because he did, saved his life.

Grant Cottage tour guide Steve Trimm has written a book about these unsung heroes. He will read excerpts from the book and tell you more about General Grant's " supporting players " on Sunday, September 1st at 1PM.

Steve’s books will be for sale at the program's location (porch, weather permitting) and Steve will be doing a book signing after the program.

The suggested donation for Grant Cottage Porch Programs is $5 per person. Our events are supported with funding from the New York State Park and Trail Partnership Program (NYSPTPP) and New York’s Environmental Protection Fund. The NYSPTPP is administered by Parks & Trails New York, in partnership with the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Earlier Event: August 30
Living History Tour
Later Event: September 8
A Visit with General and Mrs. Grant