Trip Ideas: Following Grant's Footsteps
Ulysses S. Grant was in Missouri prior to and during the Civil War. Explore places with a connection to one of the war's most prominent figures and future president.
Day One
Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain, was born at this Florida, Mo., site in 1835 - 50 years later, he published Grant's Memoirs. Grant, at the time a colonel, made a one-night headquarters in Florida while searching for Missouri State Guard General Thomas Harris.
37352 Shrine Road, Florida MO 65283, 573-565-3449
Hours: Historic site hours: April-October: Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; November-March, Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Learn more about Twain, who published Grant's Memoirs, with a self-guided tour of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum. The Boyhood Home is designated a National Historic Landmark.
120 N. Main St., Hannibal MO 63401, 573-221-9010
Hours: Daily: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
This museum is housed in a mansion that hosted then Col. Ulysses S. Grant during the early days of the Civil War. Nine of its rooms house displays that permit visitors to experience the Victorian elegance of the past as well as the rich history of Audrain County. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for children ages 12 and younger.
501 S. Muldrow, Mexico MO 65265, 573-581-3910
Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Enjoy the late 1800s elegance of this home, which was built in 1893. This Victorian house was once the home of Allen Percy Green, the owner/operator of the Green Refractory, a world renown fire-brick manufacturer.
1105 S. Jefferson St., Mexico MO 65265, 573-567-2223
Hours: Daily: 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Day Two
This 9.65-acre National Park Service site interprets the lives of Ulysses S. Grant and his wife, Julia. Their house, White Haven, is a National Historic Landmark; it is one of several historic structures on the property. A visitor center, introductory film, museum, and interpretive tours are available daily.
7400 Grant Road, St. Louis MO 63123, 314-842-1867
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Grant's Farm is the 281-acre ancestral home of the Busch family, located of the city of St. Louis. The Farm is home to more than 900 animals representing more than 100 species from six continents. The farm takes its name from our 18th president, Ulysses S. Grant. In the 1850s, Grant founded and farmed a portion of the 281 acres. Admission to Grant's Farm is free to all ages.
10501 Gravois Road, St. Louis MO 63123, 314-843-1700
Hours: Summer hours: Tue.-Fri., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
After spending a day learning about the past, unwind with all the comforts of today. This 108-room European-style boutique hotel blends stylish sophistication with modern luxury in every guestroom and suite.
6300 Clayton Road, St. Louis MO 63105, 314-647-7300
Hours: Front desk: 24 hours
Day Three
Jefferson Barracks was established in 1826 as the country's first "Infantry School of Practice." It was named in honor of former President Thomas Jefferson. It served as a major United States military installation until 1946 and played an important role in the Unites States westward expansion. During its early years, Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and William T. Sherman were but a few of the famous U.S. Army officers who served there.
345 North Road, St. Louis MO 63125, 314-544-5714
Hours: Park: daily, 8 a.m.-30 minutes past sunset; gift shop and museums: Wed.-Sun., noon-4 p.m.
After spending the morning in the St. Louis area, enjoy a drive to Southeast Missouri, an area rich in Civil War history. In Ironton, find the Ulysses S. Grant Monument, which commemorates Grant receiving his commission as a brigadier general. The monument is outside Ste. Marie Du Lac church.
350 S. Main St., Ironton MO 63650, 573-546-7117
Hours: Available 24 hours
Another site with Civil War significance is the Fort Davidson State Historic Site, which commemorates the Battle of Pilot Knob. That battle was fought when Confederate troops attacked the earthen fort Sept. 26-27, 1864. More than 1,000 men were killed or wounded in the fierce fighting.
118 E. Maple, Pilot Knob MO 63663, 573-546-3454
Hours: Visitor Center: April 16-Nov. 30, daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Dec. 1-April 15, Tue.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
At the end of your tours, enjoy a night at this property, which offers eight circa 1902 brick buildings on 16 beautiful acres. Guestrooms have a private bathroom, comfortable beds and overstuffed couches. The bed and breakfast boasts 60 foot balconies which offer beautiful panoramic views of the former Ursuline Academy gardens.
211 S. College St., Arcadia MO 63621, 573-546-4249
Hours: Office: Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m.-6 p.m.