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.