White Haven is the house name of the place where President Ulysses Grant met Julia Dent, who would later become his wife. White Haven was an 850-acre plantation with over 30 slaves owned by Colonel Dent, Julia's father. This national historic site was Grant's home after he resigned from the military in 1854, becoming a farmer.
After he failed as a farmer, Grant reenlisted in the military during the Civil War. He was a champion for the rights of African Americans and was against the institution of slavery. After the Civil War, he was kept in the capital where he later became president after Lincoln's assassination. During his presidency, he hired caretakers to manage the property he had purchased from his father-in-law and where he would return after his years as president of the United States.
The nation's division over slavery can be seen at this national historic site from the perspective of the Dent and Grant family through exhibits, a video and original historic structures.