NYC has within it the only home that belonged to one of the nation’s founding fathers. George Washington had a tremendous presence in NYC in relation to places he stayed in or where he held meetings but he never owned a home in NYC. The person who did was the man who was first his aide during the Revolutionary War, then helped write the constituion and who later became the first Secretary of the Treasury under him when he was President, Alexander Hamilton.
When he left office, Hamilton returned to New York city and practised law as well as continuing an intense poltical engagement in all matters realted to Federal and NY government. He built Hamilton Grange and unfortunatgely only lived in it for 2 years before being killed in a duel with Aaron Burr in July 1904.
Hamilton Grange was originally sited on Hamilton’s 32 acre estate in Upper Manhattan in what is today Harlem. It’s a 2 story Federal style farm house. It was moved twice and is now still within a small area that was originally part of Hamilton’s estate. The house has been extensively renovated back to it’s original appearance and configuration and reopned to the public in 2011.
It is of course a National Historic Landmark and is under the administration of the National Parks Service. When you visit you will find on the upper story a faithful reproduction of a housing interior straight from the most important period in the nation’s history. On the lower story there are displays realted to Hamilton’s career. It provides a glimpse into the tumultuous life of one of the most gifted of the nation’s founding fathers. Go to Hamilton Grange for all details about when you can visit this extremeley interesting home.