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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  • Visited Hamilton house during the middle of the week. The staff was extremely knowledgeable and made the tour fun. Due to the massive success of the Broadway hit, crowds are much larger. Make sure you...  more »
  • First confession - we were headed to the musical later that night, so we were primed for this visit. We had been to the Morris Jumel Mansion and Weehaken the day before. We drove there on a HOT Saturd...  more »
  • Alexander Hamilton, yes the gentleman who smiles toward us kind of the ten dollar bill, whose house is it. Hamilton, is also dere title Hero of the Broadway musical named after him. This House has been transposed exactly twice to Hamilton's duel death. "The two-story federal style house was completed in 1802, two years before Hamilton's death in a duel with political rival Aaron Burr on July 11, 1804. The House was named after the estate of his grandfather in Scotland, "The Grange". Hamilton's mother, Rachel Faucett Lavien, lived there for a time and was buried in a plot named Grange on the island of St. Croix. The Grange was the only House, Hamilton had, and it remained still for 30 years in the possession of his family after his death." Take the "C" or the "B" in the direction of 168TH ST - WASHINGTON HTS and get off at the 135TH ST STATION from running 300 m North.
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  • It's baffling that this place isn't flooded with tourists. FREE to visit and go on a guided or self-guided tour of U.S. founding father Alexander Hamilton's home. Both paid and volunteer staff very knowledgeable. First floor is gift shop/traditional museum exhibit, second floor has three rooms of the house decorated in recreation of the time. Absolutely beautiful. I was stunned that I've lived around the corner from this house for a year and jogged in St. Nicholas Park weekly before ever setting foot inside. I'm so glad I did. There's been a huge to-do about the Hamilton musical creating a genuine interest in U.S. political history and its helping young audiences connect with these stories, and rightly so. I must add that there's nothing like actually seeing and smelling the wood and hearing the creaking of a founding father's residence, the place where his family lived, and where he worked and made political and military decisions. The energy in this place is palpable! From the dining room to what may have been the servants quarters or pantry, it was great fuel for the imagination. I was sad to learn that funding for this piece of history is not enough, and may even be in jeopardy. Go here ASAP!
  • Life long New Yorker, first time ever coming to see this beautiful jewel of a home. Loved it, def agree with others - get there early for the tour with the rangers - otherwise you are walking on your own not really sure of all the great history. Came on Easter weekend and it was packed. Train stop is a only a few blocks away - all in all I loved it - I'm a NY history nut so this is right up my alley. Great 15 min video on the Hamilton.
  • This site needs more funding and loving attention. Many pieces didn't belong to Hamilton but we're reproductions. The 2 Park Rangers were highly knowledgeable and the videos were informative. We hope they'll eventually open the 2nd story to visitors.
  • Easy to get to. Fun events going on. Lots of history. Nice rangers and nice volunteers/ employees. Upstairs not handicap accessible currently.
  • Cool place with lots of history. I wish they had more money to continue opening up more parts of the house. It was worth the visit!

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