Hamilton Grange National Memorial, New York City

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National Park Historic Site
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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TripAdvisor
  • If you're a fan of Hamilton the musical, Hamilton the man or history...GO! I've done pretty much all of the major touristy stuff in NYC, so I was thrilled go off the beaten path a bit. This is a FREE ...  more »
  • Admittedly I'm a history nerd and a big Hamilton fan...even before the play. This is a small house and only a few rooms are open to the public, but I thought it was worth the trek up to 141st St. and ...  more »
  • The Grange is very neglected, and seems like a work in progress. It's stuck on the side of a hill in a really interesting part of Harlem. I think we were in and out in 7 minutes.  more »
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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.
  • Historic, there's a video to sit and watch, and a walk through exhibit, but absolutely go for the guided tour! Then go buy tickets to see Hamilton, it's great entertainment but I digress. The history of the house and it's locations, along with moving it, is fascinating.
  • The Historical area & Seeing Hamiltopn Grange it's self. Walking through this neighborhood gives an sense & feeling of going back in time , without the use of an "Time Machine". Fantastic place if your an History Buff.
  • Definitely worth the trip (as I traveled 3 hrs to see it). With all the Hamilton musical rage going in it was very busy. If your a fan of U.S. history it's a must.