Hamilton Grange National Memorial, New York City

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Hamilton Grange National Memorial is a National Park Service site in St. Nicholas Park, Manhattan, New York City, that preserves the relocated home of U.S. Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. The Hamilton Heights subsection of Harlem derived its name from Hamilton and the Grange.OriginAlexander Hamilton was born and raised in the West Indies and came to New York in 1772 at age 17 to study at King's College (now Columbia University). During his career, Hamilton was a military officer, lawyer, member of the United States Constitutional Convention, American political philosopher, war hero, initiator and author of the majority of the pivotal and influential The Federalist Papers, and the first United States Secretary of the Treasury.Hamilton commissioned architect John McComb Jr. to design a country home on Hamilton's estate in upper Manhattan. The two-story frame Federal style house was completed in 1802, just two years before Hamilton's death resulting from his duel with Aaron Burr on July 11, 1804. The house was named "The Grange" after Hamilton's grandfather's estate in Scotland. The Grange was the only home ever owned by Hamilton and it remained in his family for 30 years after his death.
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  • We loved it! There are either ranger lead tours or self guided tours of the three upstairs rooms, but there is also an informative area with exhibits on the first floor that's interesting. It's all fr...  more »
  • The house would have an interesting history of its own, having to be moved twice. Yes, actually moving the entire building from one spot to another. The first time was around 1895, and the second time...  more »
  • This is the home of Alexander Hamilton. It's a very interesting but small site in Harlem (upper Manhattan). Best way to get up there is by mass transit. The D-train runs express from Columbus Circle t...  more »
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  • The Hamilton Grange does a superb job of balancing the need to explain this giant of history's achievements with what this house actually was: a retreat for a very busy man with a family. Rather than being solely a monument, or just a museum piece, the Grange is presented in such a way that I had a sense of what life must have been like in there. There is a short movie about Hamilton's life that does a good job of situating Hamilton's place in the pantheon of the Founding Fathers. The facilities are clean and well maintained. The staff is courteous and welcoming. Highlights: • appropriate for children. • must-see attraction for anyone with an interest in American History. • Beautiful surroundings. • Nearby a bevy of restaurants and coffee shops as well as City College.
  • Really great place. This is Alexander Hamilton's house, built around 1802 on his land in the Grange. The location makes it feel like it would back when he lived there. Nice exhibit and video in the basement level, and a nice look around the period first floor. The top floor is closed. Fun time had by all. Don't miss the old location next to the church, where a really nice Hamilton statue stands.
  • No self tours until noon. First guided tour at 10 am. Plan your visit in a timely manner if you want to see anything other than the visitor center. Only the first floor is reconstructed. Only 15 people allowed on the hourly tours.
  • Hamilton's Manhattan retreat is wonderfully preserved and just as skillfully interpreted by a helpful and knowledgeable staff. A must see in the city.
  • Definitely worth a stop if you are in Harlem. I can only imagine that it must be enjoying a surge in popularity commensurate with the success of "Hamilton" on Broadway. This was a nice stop during which we could learn about and pay respects to a great shaper of the nation.