Cultural Connections in Northern Ireland

The following list of cultural connections is in the greater Northern Ireland area.

Other areas of interest:


Photo of the ancestral homestead of Ulysses S.Grant - white bungalow with two red doors
Ulysses S. Grant Ancestral Homestead (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Ulysses S. Grant Ancestral Homestead

U.S. President and Civil War General Ulysses S. Grant’s ancestors’ lived in this cottage.

The cottage has been restored to include a Civil War exhibit about President Grant.

Off A4 motorway

Photo of the Andrew Jackson Center building
The Andrew Jackson Center (courtesy of  Wikimedia Commons)

Andrew Jackson Center and U.S. Ranger Center

The Andrew Jackson Center consists of a restored farmhouse that was the home of Jackson’s parents and includes a number of exhibits about the 7th President.

Included in the gardens is a museum dedicated to the U.S. Rangers, an Army regiment who were first deployed in Carrickfergus in 1942.

Visiting times are listed at:

2 Boneybefore
County Antrim
BT38 7EQ

Photo of the Ulster American Folkpark - cobbled street lined with shops
Ulster American Folkpark (courtesy of  Wikimedia Commons)

Ulster American Folkpark

This living history museum is designed to give visitors an experience of the 18th and 19th century Ulster emigration to America.
Information about the Folkpark’s events can be found on the National Museums NI website.

County Tyrone
BT78 5QY

Portrait Photo of President Woodrow Wilson
President Woodrow Wilson (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

President Woodrow Wilson Ancestral Home

President Woodrow Wilson’s ancestors emigrated from this house that is still occupied by the Wilson family.

For directions, please see:
2m South-Eat of Strabane
County Tyrone
Tel. +44 (0) 1662-243-292

Photo of the Harbor Museum building with clock tower
Harbor Museum (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Harbor Museum

The Harbor Museum preserves part of the Minnehaha, the last passenger ship immigrants used to make trips to the United States.

Well over 1 million Ulster immigrants arrived in America between 1720 and 1850.

Harbour Square


Gray’s Printing Press

Gray’s Printing Press is where John Dunlap, the printer of the Declaration of Independence and America’s first daily paper the Pennsylvania Packet, was trained.
Address: 49 Main Street, Strabane, BT82 8AU

Outside of Gray's Printing Press building
Gray’s Printing Press (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
Portraiture of Stonewall Jackson
Stonewall Jackson (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Stonewall Jackson Ancestral Home

General Stonewall Jackson was one of the most famous General’s in the Confederate Army.

His ancestral home is located here.

Waugh’s Farm
The Birches


Also known as Derry this city has a number of interesting artifacts including the Earhart Center at Ballyarnet that marks the location where Amelia Earhart landed to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.

Londonderry was also one of the leading ports for those emigrating to the United States, and the town New Londonderry, New Hampshire, U.S.A,  was named after the city.


Portraiture of President Chester Arthur
President Chester Arthur (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

President Chester Arthur Ancestral Home

Arthur Cottage is the ancestral home of the 21st President of the United States, Chester Alan Arthur.   Arthur Cottage is located  4 miles from Ballymena town in County Antrim.

More information about the cottage, current events an visiting hours are at

4 miles from Ballymena town

This listing of events, performances and other activities is for information purposes only and does not constitute an endorsement by the U.S. Embassy. All opinions expressed by the artists, writers, and performers participitating or contributing to the events listed are those solely of the participants and contributors and not of the United States Government or its designated representatives. Listing information is believed to be correct at the time it is listed but the U.S. Embassy accepts no liability for subsequent changes to these details and no reliance should be placed upon them.