Town of Wilton New York

Town Historian

The Town strongly supports the heritage of the community. The Friends of Ulysses S. Grant maintain Grant’s Cottage, a state owned historic landmark on the summit of Mt. McGregor. Eastern Outlook provides a breathtaking view of Wilton.  It is definitely a "must see!"

     Ulysses S. Grant spent his last weeks finishing his memoirs prior to his death at the Cottage on July 23, 1885. The Cottage is open from Memorial Day until mid-October. Hours of operation can be obtained by calling 583-3645. Tours may also be arranged.  It is well worth a visit.

     At the base of the Mountain, the Wilton Heritage Society operates a museum in the former Wiltonville Church at the corner of Corinth Mountain Road (aka County Road 101),Parkhurst and Mt. McGregor Road. This museum shows the history of the Town from its creation in 1818 to the present. It is open to the public at no charge from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, Friday through Sunday 1pm to 4pm. 

     We hope you will take the time to visit them and learn more about Wilton, the place that you have decided to call Home.  If you find it difficult to visit, Jeannine Woutersz, our Town Historian, has created a striking tribute to the Town in her recently released picture book entitled “Images of America- Wilton”. This book combines more than two hundred historical images on the Town of Wilton. This memorable book is available for $21.00. Wilton Historical Calendars are also available for $5.00.  All proceeds of the book will benefit the “Wilton Heritage Museum”. 

     To obtain a copy of the book and/or calendar, please stop in to the Town Hall or contact Jeannine Woutersz at 581-8646.  The Wilton Heritage Society may be reached at 583-3645.  

Contact Information and Hours

Office hours: Wednesday 1-4pm
20 Traver Road, Wilton NY 12831

Historic Overview
Historic Overview

The one common link between the Native Americans, early settlers, and present day residents of Wilton is " Love of the Land ". As the Iriquois were attracted by the forests, streams, mineral waters, and good fertile land, so were the first pioneer families

Wilton Heritage Society
Wilton Heritage Society

The Wilton Heritage Society operates a museum in the former Wiltonville Church at the corner of Corinth Mountain Road (aka County Road 101),Parkhurst and Mt. McGregor Road. This museum shows the history of the Town from its creation in 1818 to the present. It is open to the public at no charge from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, Friday through Sunday 1pm to 4pm.

Grant Cottage

In this Adirondack Cottage Gen. Ulysses S. Grant died of throat cancer on July 23, 1885. He had arrived at the cottage from New York City on June 16, 1885, with his family, servants, and doctors; he was able to complete his memoirs in the short time he had left.

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