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Federal Hall, New York City
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Federal Hall, built in 1700 as New York's City Hall, later served as the first capitol building of the United States of America under the Constitution, as well as the site of George Washington's inauguration as the first President of the United States. It was also where the United States Bill of Rights was introduced in the First Congress. The building was demolished in 1812.Federal Hall National Memorial was built in 1842 as the United States Custom House, on the site of the old Federal Hall on Wall Street, and later served as a sub-Treasury building. It is now operated by the National Park Service as a national memorial commemorating the historic events that occurred there.HistoryHistoric buildingThe original structure on the site was built as New York's second City Hall in 1700, on Wall Street, in what is today the Financial District of Lower Manhattan. In 1735, John Peter Zenger, an American newspaper publisher, was arrested for committing libel against the British royal governor and was imprisoned and tried there. His acquittal on the grounds that the material he had printed was true established freedom of the press as it was later defined in the Bill of Rights.
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  • So much to appreciate of America's history, a wonderful old building in the Wall street area - beauty with history. 
  • Both a very imposing outside (certainly photo worthy, as you will see from the many tourists who pose with the image of Washington) as well as very beautiful and interesting inside. Free entrance with a few small exhibition spaces in which only history to read.
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  • As it's within yards of the New York Stock Exchange, Federal Hall is worth checking out when in the area. As the site of George Washington's inauguration it is commemorated with a bronze of Washington...  more »
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  • This is a place of historic significance and a must-see while in the Wall Street area. Best of all, there are no admission fees. Although the building where George Washington took his oath as first US president no longer exists, the current building is still significant for its role in finance, once designated as US Customs House with underground vaults storing the money flowing into the city. There's not much to look at first glance but if you grab a guidebook by the entrance, you can better appreciate the place and the items on display. The place can be visited in one hour at most.
  • Came here during Open House NY weekend and went to the 2nd floor. Not sure if it is open during other times. It will give you a different view although there's not much to see.
  • If you're someone who enjoys interesting items relating to important historical events, this is an awesome place to check out. George Washington took the oath as the first President of the United States on this site. The site also served as many different functions. Located right on Wall Street.
  • In this year of #FindYourPark, Federal Hall is a relatively unknown site within the National Park System. A great place to explore in Lower Manhattan in this, the centennial year of the National Park Service. The rangers provide free tours of our nation's first capitol and there is a nice bookstore. There are clean restrooms that are open to the public in the basement area. A nice find in the National Park Service.
  • Was there for a private event. They did a wonderful job & it was a great evening!