At a distance of 2 km from Yercaud Bus Stand, the Grange is an ancient castle situated in Yercaud, Tamil Nadu. This is one of the oldest buildings in Yercaud and also one of the must visit Yercaud tourist places.
The Grange was built in the year 1820 CE by a British collector M.D. Cockburn who is well known as the father of Yercaud. This mansion is one of the oldest architectural monuments in Yercaud. It was also the first commercial plantation area for coffee, oranges and apples. It is said that the coffee plant was brought from Africa to Yercaud. The other coffee plantations in Tamil Nadu are said to have originated from this humble beginning. Jack Fruit, Berry, Orange, Guava and spices like Pepper, Cardamom etc. are the other crops cultivated in the Estate. Sandalwood, Teak and Silver Oak are also seen abundantly growing in this region.
It is believed to have been the summer resort of Robert Clive, general of the East India Company in the late 19th century. The building also has a large storage capacity to hold huge quantities of provisions. During the Sepoy Mutiny in 1857 CE, the building was very active, since it was fortified with ramparts, gun placements and cannons. There is a well planned and executed Resort alongside the Grange, set amidst coffee & Orange plantations and Silver Oak Trees, a delightful get away for the well-heeled traveller.