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“Small but interesting and free”

Hamilton Grange National Memorial
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Ranked #212 of 1,079 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: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
Washington DC
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Small but interesting and free”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2013

Home of founding Father Alexander Hamilton. The home is small but the price and park rangers made it a great stop. The home is a great example of architecture of the time and restored with a lot of care. The exhibit in the basement is very descriptive. I learned a lot. The park rangers were extremely knowledgeable and very eager to share information. They also helped us with directions and provided us with a free map.

Visited January 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“A Founding Father's Success Story”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2012

This was the only house ever owned by Alexander Hamilton, one of America's most unlikely "Founding Fathers". Raised by a single mother in poverty, he left the British West Indies as a teen to seek his future in colonial America. Eventually he became George Washington's right-hand-man, an important player in the attempt to ratify the Constitution, and the first Secretary of the Treasury. The short house tour gives you a glimpse at his life and aspirations. The film and exhibits in the basement help you better understand this complicated figure of American history, best known from the $10 bill and the duel with Aaron Burr that ended his life.

Visited August 2012
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Mirabel, Qc
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 372 helpful votes
“Less known but very interesting. Great historical figure that Hamilton is.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2012

Hamilton Grange is a very interesting National Memorial.
It actually covers 2 aspects about this historic house. The preservation of the house (almost lost across time) and Alexander Hamilton's life and great achievements.
The story of the preservation and moving of Hamilton's historic house is absolutely incredible.
Alexander Hamilton's life is facinating. This men has been so important in the history of the United States and his achievements are still influencing our life to this day.
Both movies, the one about the house and the one about Hamilton must be watch. A lot to learn.
The house is well restored and while you visit it, a ranger tells you stories and facts about Alexander Hamilton.
It takes about 1,5 hour to visit (movies, guided tour, exibit). I recommand the guided tour.
There is a small gift shop.
There are no parking and parking spot can be difficult to find on the streets nearby, plan accordingly.

Visited August 2012
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“Worth a Trip - An Amazing Restoration”
5 of 5 bubbles 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!

Visited August 2012
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Fairfax, Virginia, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Worth the Trip for American History”
4 of 5 bubbles 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!

Visited June 2012
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