During the American Civil War, General Grant accepted the surrender from Confederate General Lee and, in 1869, became America's 18th President. Grant succeeded fellow Ulster-Scot Andrew Jackson and served two terms. Grant died in 1885 aged 63 and is buried alongside his wife Julia in the General Grant National Memorial, Manhattan.
His grandfather's home has been restored to that of a typical 19th Century cottage. Inside, the main room is dominated by a large turf fire, and the original mud wall can be seen in the bedroom. An outhouse includes a small Civil War exhibition, and outside is a selection of 19th Century farming equipment and the occasional roaming hen.
Surrounding fields are landscaped with play & picnic areas and a Wildlife Garden for budding Attenboroughs. If the weather's good, it's a nice spot to take time out from the 21st Century and lose yourself in the rural heartland. Delightful.
To get there: Take M1, then A4 to Ballygawley roundabout. Continue ahead until you see the brown sign. Turn left and follow lane to the Cottage.