Who is Buried in Grant’s Tomb?

By Seth Fera-Schanes

The answer to this longstanding riddle is technically “no one.” While former President Ulysses S. Grant and his wife Julia Dent Grant are in fact interred in the mausoleum they are not actually buried; their caskets lay side by side in an open viewing area.

Grant’s Tomb is located on 122nd street and Riverside Drive in Manhattan’s Morningside Heights (just above the Upper West Side and west of Columbia University and Harlem.) You can easily find your way to this incredible monument but taking the Subway 1 Train uptown and getting off at the 116th street stop.

While you are in the neighborhood, I would recommend also visiting Riverside Church which is located across the street from the tomb.  This interdenominational church opened its doors in 1930.  You can’t miss its imposing central tower which makes it the tallest church in the United States.

To round out your excursion, I would suggest stopping by Dinosaur BBQ located on 125th Street and Riverside Drive, about a 15 minute walk from Grant’s Tomb.  This BBQ joint offers sizable portions for an affordable price and the quality is spot on.  Try one of the many microbrews, fried green tomatoes, and pulled pork sandwich (along with a side of baked beans which also has good amount of pulled pork in it.)

Happy wandering!

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