Point Pleasant in Clermont County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
1st President born in a “mobile home”
After Grant's death in 1885, the house became a traveling memorial to the Civil War hero and president. The house was moved by towboat to Cincinnati for public exhibition. In 1888, it was displayed at Goodale Park in Columbus during the celebration of the centennial of the Northwest Territory. It then went on a tour across the nation traveling on a railroad car. The house was set up at the State Fairgrounds in Columbus, and in 1896 the Grant Memorial Building was constructed to surround and preserve the structure.
The 100th anniversary of Grant's birth created new interest in the house, and many people began to call for its return to Point Pleasant. In 1936, the birthplace was dismantled in sections and shipped by six trucks. The building was erected in sections on its original stone foundation. Evidence suggests much of the original fabric of the birthplace was replaced during and immediately after the move. After an absence of nearly 50 years, dedication services celebrating the return and "restoration" of the birthplace were held.
Location. 38° 53.66′ N, 84° 13.964′ W. Marker is in Point Pleasant, Ohio, in Clermont County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 232 and Ohio River Scenic Byway (U.S. 52), on the right when traveling west on State Highway 232. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Richmond OH 45157, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. U. S. Grant Birthplace (here, next to this marker); Ulysses Grant (here, next to this marker); U.S. Grant Historic District (a few steps from this marker); Grant Memorial Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Ulysses Simpson Grant (within shouting distance of this marker); British Indian Raid (approx. 11.2 miles away in Kentucky); Harmony Hill 1800 (approx. 14.5 miles away); Stepping Stone (approx. 14.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Point Pleasant.
More about this marker. The caption for the top photo is "Visitors to the house during its tour following Grant's death," with a credit to the Ohio Historical Society collections.
The caption for the bottom photo is "President McKinley at the Grant Memorial Building, Ohio State Fair, Columbus," with a credit to the Ohio Historical Society collections.
Categories. • Notable Buildings • Notable Persons • War, US Civil •
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