Times Have Changed – Once A Real President Vacationed In New Jersey

Jerry Carino | @njhoopshaven

Ulysses Grant’s beachfront cottage is long gone, but his local footprint remains. Sort of. There’s work to be done.

LONG BRANCH – A pivotal place in American history lies just a few steps north of Ocean Beach Club, past the tennis courts and a bulkhead. Here Ulysses Grant, the 18th president of the United States, ran the country for eight summers from his beachfront cottage at 995 Ocean Avenue.

Staying in Long Branch for three months at a time, Grant oversaw post-Civil War reconstruction, convened cabinet meetings, even tried to annex the Dominican Republic amid the Atlantic’s soothing breezes.