US Grant Boyhood Home and Schoolhouse

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219 East Grant Avenue, Georgetown, OH, USA

US Grant Boyhood Home and Schoolhouse Georgetown Reviews

vances vances
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Boy, what a home! Oct 28, 2017
The Grant boyhood home is recommended. Ulysses was the firstborn of Jesse and Hanna in 1823 and the tour of his home was surprisingly awesome. I opened the door and walked inside to a small room, hearing the conclusion of a current tour followed by a door opening and the subsequent appearance of a docent and two other folks, another pair from Dayton. Kind of cool that there are no scheduled tours, the docent simply escorts folks through as they arrive. Georgetown is a remote location and I do not believe Grant’s home gets much publicity, but just as my tour concluded another couple walked in - a day of perfect timing. Our little group of four got tangled in an engaging conversation about Grant and how the local Ulysses S. Grant Homestead Association works hard to offer this to the public. At the conclusion of our chat the other couple mentioned they did not have much time and I was deeply impressed how the docent commented she had walked through the home with guests for spans ranging from five minutes to an hour and a half. How often do you get a custom tour with no need to prearrange?

But back to the official tour. My expectations were low, but I was impressed from the very beginning. The first room we entered had a robotic manikin portraying a teenage Ulysses. I was astonished as the guide explained how they had employed artists skilled in regressing the way youngsters would appear from photographs taken later in life (the only available for Grant) to construct the model. There was a small desk in front of the manikin with multiple metal casted objects (including an apple, a compass and a wallet). The guide would wave her hand over each object and the robot would activate, delivering a soliloquy concerning that object. For example, Grant was a truly splendid horseman, and after the docent waved her hand over the apple the manikin shared a tale around this passion. This was well done and an unexpected treat: I was prepared to simply march through a house stocked with accumulated artifacts.

As you may well expect from my prelude, the guide was well versed in Grant and after the initial exhibit she permitted me to set the pace. I found this a lovely exploration, learning about Grant’s early life and peculiarities of the times. When we entered Jesse and Hanna’s master bedroom, the guide mentioned the children’s bedroom was right behind. I had noticed the clear outline of a door frame in the wallpaper and was about to ask her whether that was a door, when she informed how the children were often noisy at night and Hanna would shout for them to hush. Then she knocked on the wall, which was built so thick and sturdy that it barely emitted a sound. So Jesse solved the dilemma by adding a door so the youngsters were faced with prospect of being faced by their parents if they chatted past bedtime!

There were other charming insights and I can only give two thumbs up for an unexpected delight. As the name reflects you pay single admission (only $5) for this tour AND entrance to Grant's schoolhouse. This is a one room schoolhouse only three or four blocks away and unfortunately the volunteer staffing that called in sick. My attendant graciously volunteered to escort me down and let me in, but I did not want to draw her away from what appeared to be a steady stream of visitors. I did venture down and peek into the windows and there were a lot of placards, so please take this in and let me know what I missed!
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