Washington, DC – After years of advocacy, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik announced that United States Secretary of the Interior David Berndardt has approved the U.S. Grant Cottage in Wilton, New York as a National Historic Landmark.
“I am proud to have helped ensure the U.S. Grant Cottage in New York’s 21st Congressional District received it’s well deserved designation as a National Historic Landmark. Grant Cottage is a historically significant place in American history – during the summer of 1885, former President and Civil War hero Ulysses S. Grant wrote his memoirs in the cottage before his death on July 23, 1885. The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant was the second best-selling book in the 19th century, and has inspired generations of writers ever since. I extend my sincere congratulations to the Friends of Grant Cottage Trustees and Staff for their commitment to preserving and promoting this beautiful historical landmark in the North Country.”
Tim Welch, Chair of the Friends of Grant Cottage Board of Trustees, issued the following statement: "After a six-year application effort, the place where the 'Man who saved the Union' died after completing his Civil War memoirs finally puts the Cottage on the national historic tourism map."