By Randy McNutt
The Cincinnati Enquirer
POINT PLEASANT - The 18th president is still No. 1 in Clermont and Brown counties.
Ulysses S. Grant's Birthplace on U.S. 52 will serve as Clermont County's site in Ohio's Presidential Weekend celebration, an official bicentennial event held May 16-18.
It will pay tribute to the state's presidential heritage. Eight Buckeyes have served as president.Grant was born in Point Pleasant on April 22, 1822, in a small frame house. As an infant in 1823, he and his family moved to Georgetown, in neighboring Brown County. Today it is owned by the state and at 219 E. Grant Ave.
He rose to commander of the Union army during the Civil War, and from 1869 to 1877 served as president.
Point Pleasant is the home of the birthplace, and Georgetown the U.S. Grant Homestead.
The Homestead Association will conduct the U.S. Grant Civil War Ball, described by spokesman Stan Purdy as "one the most colorful events of the annual U.S. Grant Days celebration" at p.m. April 26 in Floral Hall on the Brown County Fairgrounds. A tea will be held at 2 p.m.
Admission is free.
Tickets are $10, $5 for children 12 and younger. Buy them at Donohoo's Pharmacy in Georgetown or call the Thompson House Gallery at 937-378-4222.
In Clermont, the heritage festivities start at 7 p.m. May 16 with a concert by the Cincinnati Dulcimer Society, at the bandstand at Front and George streets in New Richmond.
On May 17, the Grant Birthplace will host an encampment by the 4th U.S. Cavalry. At 2 p.m., a patriotic play will be performed by Miami Glen Performers of the Greater Miami Performing Arts Center.
Information: Clermont County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 732-3600. Georgetown: Purdy, 937-378-4119.
New highway map
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Department of Transportation has released a new, full-color Ohio highway map, commemorating the bicentennial.
It is filled with stories related to transportation in Ohio, including the National Road, Birthplace of Aviation Pioneers, railroads, the Ohio River, Lake Erie and the Underground Railroad. The map also features Ohio's presidents, state facts and bicentennial events.
The first official highway map - released every two years - was printed in 1912. The first multicolor map came in 1914, and Ohio's first two-sided map came in 1928. Art was used for the first time in 1935. The first full-color map came out in 1942.
You may obtain a new map at ODOT offices and rest areas.
Information: ODOT, 614-466-7170.
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