During the latter months of the Civil War, General Ulysses S. Grant became concerned for the safety of his wife and children. In 1864, wishing to spare them from the physical stress of the War, he brought his family to Burlington, placing them in a house at 309 Wood Street. Grant returned here to visit his family prior to the Battles of the Wilderness.
In April of 1865, Grant was invited to attend a play with President Lincoln and Mrs. Lincoln, but declined, preferring to visit his family in Burlington. On his way from Washington to Burlington, Grant received word that the President had been shot. Shortly after the end of the War, Grant and his family returned home from Burlington. The house is now a private residence.