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“Wonderful Discovery”

Hamilton Grange National Memorial
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Hamilton Heights-West Harlem Walking Tour
Ranked #187 of 1,139 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
Reviewed February 5, 2014

Tucked away in an appealing neighborhood I'd never even heard of (Hamilton Heights), the Hamilton Grange is a gem. The house itself is moderately interesting, well-preserved, and set in a pretty park, near its original location. Learning all about Hamilton was absolutely fascinating; he was instrumental in so many facets of America's founding, even the Coast Guard and Customs. The exhibit about him is thorough, informative and well-done, even after seeing the 15-minute video. Make sure you take one of the Ranger tours, though -- that's the only way to get upstairs into the actual house. Our Ranger, George, was an excellent guide, well-informed, down-to-earth and responsive to all sorts of questions. The greatest benefit of the tour, without question, is the short film about how the house was moved to its current location, in a very hilly neighborhood. Truly unforgettable. The Rangers were all friendly and helpful, suggested a nearby restaurant that we really liked (aptly named, The Grange, at 141 St and Amsterdam).
If you have a few minutes, here's a bonus. Those stone spires you see from Hamilton Grange are the City College campus, adjacent to the NPS site. Go see it -- the Gothic buildings are absolutely stunning, and very unexpected.
We took the #1 train to 137 Street/City College, so both the restaurant and campus were on our way back to the subway, a serious downhill. Even from the A train, City College is so close to Hamilton Grange, it doesn't take much climbing to get there.

5  Thank carly5
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Reviewed February 4, 2014

I have to say Hamilton Grange is an excellent NPS site.

1. House was in Awesome condition
2. Warm and Welcoming Staff
3. Knowledgeable Rangers
4. Awesome videos
5. Cool exhibits.

Defiantly enjoyed my visit to Hamilton Grange the Ranger were nice and accommodating. Had a great tour of the home, if you haven't been put it on your list of sites in NYC!!!

3  Thank Frank160
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

Alexander Hamilton was one of the more important statesmen of early America. He was the mentor of the "Federalists", who believed in a strong central government - the forerunners of what would eventually become Abraham Lincoln's Republican Party (& a favorite of Lincoln himself). He will always be associated with "big government", but he was also a remarkable man, about whom it behooves to learn.
And this, Hamilton's home, is just the place for that. Unfortunately the home is now in its 3rd location, never leaving Hamilton's original estate. But it's now in better condition than ever. The interior is well preserved, & offers a good look at the life & times of this man, whose legacy is, for better or for worse, visible in the kind of country America is today.

4  Thank Dave S
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Reviewed December 3, 2013

A neat spot to discover more about Alexander Hamilton and the country at the turn of the 19th century. As interesting as the house, is the story of how it has been moved twice. The current location is wonderful, nestled inside a park. The tour was well done and the video presentations are also terrific. Worth a stop- another wonderful National Park site.

1  Thank Natsfan24
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

On the search for some real history in NYC, I decided to make a stop at Hamilton Grange which is now situated in a pleasant park close to its former location. The building really is lovely and it has definitely made a huge difference to its impact, being on a more secluded site. Inside there is a small but very interesting exhibition and video in what I think would have been the servant's quarters. When I visited I was the only one there and found the rangers very helpful and the tour was really interesting. The ranger definitely was very well informed and interested in his subject which really does make all the difference- the tour takes in another video on the moving of the home and a look around a small number of recreated rooms. A couple of other reviewers have mentioned that money is the issue with the funding for the upper floor- which having been to Grant's Tomb and the reduced hours there I think would definitely play a role in it- but the ranger who took me said it was actually down to health and safety and fire escape provision which if the UK is anything to go by means its doubtful any more rooms will ever open.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and found it really interesting and enjoyable!

2  Thank natalieandmonkey
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