Ulysses S. Grant Home May Go from State Fairgrounds to Eastern Market
April 13th, 2018, 12:00 PM
A two-story white clapboard house at the former Michigan State Fairgrounds near Eight Mile and Woodward was home to Civil War hero and President Ulysses S. Grant in the mid-1800s.
Grant and his wife Julia Dent lived in the house, now in disrepair, while he was a young officer before the Civil War. It was moved to the fairgrounds in 1936 from it's original spot at 253 E. Fort, near Russell and Rivard streets in the area now known as Lafayette Park. A military barracks was nearby.
Now, there are plans to move it to Eastern Market, reports Louis Aguilar of The Detroit News:
Plans are in the making to move the home of the 18th president of the United States to the Eastern Market area near the Dequindre Cut pedestrian and bicycle path. It would be renovated to become an education center run by Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources, said Sandra Clark, director of the Michigan History Center in Lansing.
The remodeled home would have historical programming and serve as a community space.