Grant Ancestral Homestead
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The ancestral Homestead of Ulysses Simpson Grant the 18th President of the United States of America.
Ulysses’ great-grandfather was John Simpson born in a farmhouse outside Ballygawley. The original ancestral homestead has been preserved, and is open to visitors all year round. At the age of 22, John Simpson left Northern Ireland, emigrating to Ohio in the United States. In 1833 his first son was born, Hiram Ulysses Grant, the eldest of six children. When Hiram was registering for West Point Military Academy as a recruit, he was mistakenly called Ulysses Simpson Grant, and this became his adopted name. Grant went on to become one a leading General in the American Civil War, accepting the surrender from Confederate General Lee in 1865. After the Civil War, President Andrew Johnson named Ulysses Grant Secretary of War over the newly reunited nation. In 1868, running against Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant was elected the 18th President of the United States. Serving two terms in office, U.S. Grant embarked on a world tour. During his two year tour he was the first President of the United States to visit Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Facilities are accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance. Picnic and BBQ area, children’s play area, toilets, bike rental and wildlife garden.
For tours and audio-visual show, booking is essential.