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“Worth a Trip - An Amazing Restoration”

Hamilton Grange National Memorial
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Hamilton Heights-West Harlem Walking Tour
Ranked #193 of 1,151 things to do in New York City
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This national memorial managed by the National Park Service was the home of statesman and United States Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Restored and reopened in 2011, the public can enjoy exhibits on some of Hamilton's achievements and challenges on the ground floor, a brief introductory film on his incredible rise from an orphan in the Caribbean to an indespensible molder of the early nation, and visit the furnished first floor by scheduled tour.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed August 23, 2012

I had read about the history of this home in the press a while back ... The house was, at one point, in major disrepair, tucked in between two buildings and almost bound for a wrecking ball. Thankfully, the Nat'l Park Service took the time and effort to save the home of one of our nations founders - a marvelous piece of history. In addition to the history of Alexander Hamilton and his family, the very knowledgeable ranger related the amazing story/history of the house itself ... The home was literally picked up and moved 2 times ...I don't want to give away all the details - go to the site - it is so worth your time. The rangers were very friendly ... a really nice experience!

3  Thank susie056
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Reviewed June 30, 2012

Not a huge museum, but well preserved/restored. The video alone was worth the trip, but the displays are really informative too. The park rangers are extremely helpful and give a nice tour of the home. They were even helpful in offering information and transportation guidance on other National Park locations. Well worth the trip!

1  Thank MSandersCarroll
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Reviewed May 2, 2012

We walk for a long time then hop on a bus and go visit Alexander Hamilton’s newly restored Grange. The Grange is the only house he ever owned. He built it, at a serious expense, in 1802, in the then country side, away from the hustle and bustle of Wall Street. He only had two years to enjoy it, until the infamous duel with Burr in 1804 when he lost his life. The house was moved twice and is now property of the National Park Service. This explains the speed with which it was renovated: Congress mandated that the house be moved and renovated in 1962, it was finally opened this year…

Only one floor is partially open to the public for a guided half hour tour, but the Ranger assures us that there will be more coming, when, he does not know but he is hopeful. This would be the least of the Ranger’s problems, I am persuaded he has all his historical facts somewhat scrambled. The ground level has a short exhibit covering Hamilton’s life and achievements. While I always liked him for all he did to create and further banking and finance in the new nation, I cannot help thinking that in many ways he was just another politician: enough to read his bitter attacks against John Adams, a great American and statesman of his own.
Very pleasant grounds surround the house.

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Reviewed April 5, 2012

Wow, stumbled upon this area of Manhattan last year and saw this house. So wonderful and historic. This area of Harlem is called Hamilton Heights. I never knew NYC could be so gorgeous. St. Nicholas Park is lovely too and we discovered a large dog run in the middle of the park and it was packed with playful dogs! Go see this National Treasure.

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Reviewed March 30, 2012

This home that was owned by Alexander Hamilton is situated in a park in Upper Manhattan, next door to City University. The house itself is lovely, but not very large. There is a small exhibition space covering the life of Hamilton. Admission is free and tours of the main living quarters are available (check the schedule). The day we went, there was a guest lecturer who told us much that we didn't know about Hamilton and slavery. For those interested in history, it's a very worthwhile place to visit.
You won't spend a lot of time there, but you can take a walk in the park and on the City University campus -- and there are some good Soul Food restaurants in the area.

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