Thursday, April 24, 2014

U is for Ulysses S. Grant Park: A Writer's Road Trip Series

     The Writer's Road Trip Series is brought to you by the Blogging from A-to-Z April Challenge. This month I'm blogging daily about ideal places for an afternoon, weekend or longer stay to focus on your writing. Need a retreat to finish that manuscript? Or maybe a virtual trip to inspire a scene? Take a minute, read, imagine. And thanks for stopping by!
Grant's White Haven (photo courtesy of NPS)Bi
     Stories weave the rich history of this former home of the 18th U.S. President together. If you visit the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site in St. Louis, Missouri, you'll witness how the family, friends, and workforce of Grant used the peaceful respite of White Haven to get solace from the effects of the Civil War.
     Coming or going to White Haven, plan the trip around the chance to eat at the farm-to-table Big Sky Cafe, within 3 miles of Grant's Farm.
    An interesting fact: The diaries of Julia Dent Grant (Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant) weren't published until 80 years after she wrote them, since her words revealed too much of her husband's private life. Strangely, Grant's memoirs were published within weeks of his death.


  1. That is interesting. Now, I am interested in HER memoirs. Sounds like she was much more revealing about her husband than he was about himself!

  2. This is a wonderful blog. Happy to be following and learning something new every time. Thanks!

  3. Love historical sites, especially those with a literary bent.

  4. I think it is interesting that he was actually born Hiram Ulysses Grant... I am not sure when the name change occurred... was it a ploy to help him win the presidency? Was it a legitimate name change or did he just change it on his own???



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