Tom Greene, an artist then living in the New Richmond area, had the vision to recognize New Richmond's valuable steamboat era, history, and some of the remaining old buildings from that era. Tom Greene and Bill Corwin, whose interest Tom had enlisted, proposed to form a historic organization, buy the house at 125 George St., and establish a museum there. This house was one of several in town that typified the excellent old homes reminiscent of the steamboat era. The Ross-Gowdy House, located at 125 George Street is on the National Register of Historic Places.
In 1990, the Ohio Historical Society contracted with Historic New Richmond, Inc., to manage Grant's Birthplace in Point Pleasant, Ohio. Ulysses S. Grant was born April 27, 1822 in picturesque Point Pleasant near the mouth of Big Indian Creek at the Ohio River. The restored one-story, three-room cottage, which was built in 1817, was next to the tannery where Grant's father worked. The small cottage is furnished with period items. At one time the birthplace made an extensive tour of the United States on a railroad flatcar and was also temporarily displayed on the Ohio State Fair grounds.