Alexander Hamilton Grange National Memorial
West Harlem / Hamilton Heights / Sugar Hill
Hamilton Grange National Memorial, located in St Nicholas Park at West 141st Street and St Nicholas Avenue in Hamilton Heights - West Harlem, preserves the home of founding father Alexander Hamilton.
Born and raised in the West Indies, Hamilton came to New York in 1772 at age 17 to study finance at King's College (now Columbia University). Hamilton became a supporter of the cause of the American patriots during the political turmoil of the 1770s. Commissioned as a Captain of Artillery at the beginning of the American Revolution, he soon became an aide-de-camp to George Washington.
After the war, as a member of Congress, Hamilton was instrumental in creating the new Constitution. As co-author of the Federalist Papers he was indispensable in the effort to get the Constitution adopted. As the first Secretary of the Treasury (1789-1795) he devised plans for funding the national debt, securing federal credit, encouraging expansion of manufacturing and organizing the federal bank.
Hamilton commissioned architect John McComb Jr. to design a Federal style country home on a sprawling 32 acre estate in upper Manhattan. This house was completed in 1802 and named ''The Grange'' after the Hamilton family's ancestral home in Scotland, but served as his home for only two years.
On July 11, 1804, Hamilton was fatally wounded in a duel with his political rival Aaron Burr.
Private Group Tour: Harlem is Home Tour: Alexander Hamilton - His Life, Times, and HarlemSundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays
Hamilton Grange National Memorial will be open Wednesday through
Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last entrance to the historically furnished
rooms is at 4 p.m.
visitingAlexander Hamilton Grange National Memorial
414 West 141st Street
Between Convent and St Nicholas Avenues
New York, NY 10031
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