President Grant Ancestral Home: Dungannon, Co Tyrone

Grant Ancestral Cottage - Photo by Corey Taratuta

Grant Ancestral Cottage – Photo by Corey Taratuta

The United States Civil War hero and 18th President of the US, Ulysses S. Grant’s has maternal roots that go back to the Simpson farm (that’s where he gets the “S” in his name) in County Tyrone. The cottage has been restored and is surrounded with 19th century items from farm life.

Be sure to look around the inside of the cottage… just watch out for the scary mannequins in the bedroom.

Admission is free and the site is surrounded by a picnic and playground which makes for an ideal family stop.

Written by Corey Taratuta

Corey Taratuta

Corey hosts the Irish Fireside podcast and blog which has been named Best Blog of the Diaspora by the Irish Web Awards. His work has appeared on Google Field Trip, www.Lonely, National Public Radio,,,, and elsewhere. His web community has been named finalist for the People’s Choice Podcast Awards and Irish Blog Awards, and his Irish travel program has ranked in the iTunes Top 50 Travel Podcasts. Corey’s Tips | Website

One Response

  1. nathan simpson March 9, 2015 at 1:48 am #

    I was simply inquiring about Simpson farm house – my ancestors moved here from that county and I am simply researching… My great grand dad was Harry Simpson , granddad Harry Simpson and my dad Harry Simpson… I can track back to 1790’s Thomas Simpson but I’ve only just now begun my search !

    The simpson side of my family has always been a mystery!

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