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Historic barn to be moved at Grant site

April 20, 2005 - The historic barn at Ulysses S. Grant Na-tional Historic Site will be moved a short distance to its new location next week.

Weather and wind permitting, a large crane will pick up the historic structure and place it upon its new foundation Tues-day, April 26, according to a news release from the historic site. The rain date for the move will be Thursday, April 28.

For those interested in watching the barn move, parking will be available at the adjacent Grant's Farm lot. Grant's Farm has offered free use of its parking lot for April 26. However, in the event of a weather de-lay, the normal fee for parking will be charged April 28.

Due to safety and access reasons, the park will be closed the day of the move, the release stated. Irregular hours and/or closures also may be necessary up to a week after the move date, so visitors are encouraged to call the park at (314) 842-3298 for the most current information.

This relocation is an integral part of the National Park Service site's major development project, which has included the construction of a new Visitor Center facility that already is operational adjacent to the barn's new location.

The Visitor Center houses a variety of visitor services, including an information desk, theater, sales area, class room, and rest rooms, as well as the park's administrative offices. The relocated barn will eventually be home to a full exhibit gallery, slated for completion later this year.

President Ulysses S. Grant, an avid collector of thoroughbred horses, originally had the barn constructed to his specifications as a stable, according to the release.

It was moved from its original location in 1963, when the property was privately owned. It is being moved again due to its presence in a flood plain. What exists of the barn's historic fabric will be preserved; non-historic materials will be removed to lighten the structure.

"We are very excited about his event,'' Site Manager Mike Ward stated in the re-lease. "Moving the barn into a safe area will allow for its educational use for many generations to come.''

The Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service, is at 7400 Grant Road, adjacent to Grant's Farm. The site is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Tours and an introductory video are available throughout the day.

For directions or additional information, call the Visitor Center at (314) 842-3298.

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