Grant’s Ohio boyhood house reopens

The Georgetown, Ohio, two-story brick house where Civil War general and later President Ulysses S. Grant grew up has reopened after a $1.4 million restoration.

Grant moved to the home with his family in 1823 when he was about a year old and left in 1839 when he went to West Point.

A rededication ceremony took place April 6, but the town is staging a large restoration celebration with speakers, music and a grand ball April 25-27, which coincides with Grant’s April 27 birthday.

The work included removing white paint from the exterior, restoring the masonry, installing appropriate windows and replacing the metal roof with wood shakes. Inside, a new 1830’s style carpet was installed as was furniture from that time period.

The house will reopen for the tourist season beginning Memorial Day, May 27.

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