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“Hamilton & His Well-Traveled House”

Hamilton Grange National Memorial
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Hamilton Heights-West Harlem Walking Tour
Ranked #199 of 1,115 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 May 17, 2014

My wife and I love to visit National Parks whenever we travel. Our trip to New York City was no different. The Hamilton Grange National Memorial tells the story of Alexander Hamilton from his birth in the Caribbean to his death by dueling. The introductory movie and the very knowledgeable park rangers made the visit memorable. The house - although moved two times - was in great condition. Parking can be a problem. There's no parking lot, so you're forced to find street parking in a mixed residential/retail area of town. Make sure you check which days they are open. We originally went on a Tuesday, only to find out they're closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. It's also popular with school trips. Might be better to visit in the afternoons.

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Reviewed March 4, 2014

Hamilton Grange National Memorial is a wonderful National Park site in the very top of Manhattan. The basement has interesting exhibits on the life and work of Alexander Hamilton and a good film summarizing his achievements. Access to the house itself is restricted to a guided tour or a self-guided tour window in the afternoon but it is worth working around these limits to see the very beautiful interiors. Only 3 rooms are open but they are a delightful window into the home life of one of the Founding Fathers and the Federal style.

3  Thank geographyguy_11
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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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