U.S. Grant Strongbox

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We were in the Point Pleasant, Ohio area a few weeks back and being a student of history decided to make a couple side stops.  Among them was the birthplace of U.S. Grant, 18th President of the United States.  His birthplace is a small stick built home near the Ohio River and was constructed in 1817.  U.S. Grant lived in the home less than a year but the site has become a historic landmark and remains open as a museum.  The museum now houses items that Grant personally owned as well as photos and furnishings of the period. 

One of the items on display is his Presidential strongbox.  A strongbox is a small lockable box used to keep valuables safe and transportable.  As you can see from the photos Grant’s box is wooden, constructed with dovetail joinery and a forged handle.  It is a beautifully built box and deserves recognition as such.  If you are ever in the area I highly recommend you stop by the museum and take the tour. 

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