April is shaping up to be a busy month in Georgetown, as the restoration of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s Boyhood Home nears completion and the community prepares to welcome visitors for the rededication ceremony on April 6 and the 17th Annual U. S. Grant Celebration April 25-27.
Restoration Complete and Home Reopens With Ceremony April 6
The multi-year, $1.4 million effort to restore the Grant Boyhood Home to its appearance in 1839, the year Grant left for West Point, is finally complete. When you visit the newly restored home, you’ll see that the white paint on the exterior of the house has been removed, the masonry has been restored, the metal roof has been replaced with wood shakes, the eaves lines have been restored and the windows have been returned to their 1828 appearance. Inside, you’ll encounter the original grain-painted doors, a new 1830s-style carpet for the Grants’ parlor and furnishings and décor that represent a rising middle class family of the 1830s.
“Through our research, a new picture of the Grant family has emerged,” says Chris Buchanan, restoration project coordinator for the Ohio History Connection. “The Grants appear to have been more solidly middle class than has been generally understood and that information has been used to guide the restoration.”
On Saturday, April 6, 2013, the Grant Boyhood Home will reopen to the public with a rededication celebration. You can tour the newly restored home free from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on April 6. Get details at 937.378.3087 or www.usgrantboyhoodhome.org.
The Grant Boyhood Home reopens to visitors on a regular basis starting on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2013. It’s one of three Grant sites that are open to visitors in Georgetown and nearby Point Pleasant: the Grant Boyhood Home, Grant Schoolhouse and Grant Birthplace. With planning, it’s easy to see all three in one trip.
Civil War Historian Ed Bearss Speaks at April 6 Event
Civil War scholar, author and tour guide Ed Bearss returns to Georgetown on Saturday, April 6, 2013, for a presentation on The End of the Civil War.
Bearss joined the National Park Service in 1955 in Vicksburg, Miss., served as chief historian from 1981 to 1994 and retired in 1995 as chief historian emeritus. The most popular battlefield tour guide in the U.S., he’s been correctly called a national treasure. Beers is a spellbinding storyteller with a rapid-fire delivery that leaves no doubt that history has a vibrant life of its own. This will be his sixth appearance in Georgetown sponsored by the U.S. Grant Homestead Association.
The program, at Georgetown’s historic Gaslight Theater, 301 S. Main St., begins at 2:30 p.m. with Deann Kelley performing songs of the Civil War era, followed at 3 p.m. by Bearss’ presentation. Tickets are $10 at the door or in advance from U.S. Grant Homestead Association, 318 W. State St., Georgetown, Ohio, 45121 or 937.378.3087.
The 17th Annual U.S. Grant Celebration, April 25-27, 2013
Grant’s birthday is April 27. Join Georgetown in celebrating and remembering the 18th President of the United States and commander of the Union Armies during the Civil War, during Georgetown’s 17th Annual U.S. Grant Celebration April 25-27, 2013. Enjoy tours of the Grant Boyhood Home and Grant Schoolhouse, living-history programs, Civil War cavalry and artillery demonstrations, 19th-century-style food and vendors, an old-fashioned magic show, pony rides and a chance to meet Abraham Lincoln. For more information, visit www.usgrantboyhoodhome.org/.