The Grange is believed to be the only home ever owned by founding father Alexander Hamilton, and it is right here in New York City. The federalist style building which dates back to 1802 can be found in the historic Hamilton Heights section of Harlem inside St. Nicholas Park. The home has been moved twice in its lifetime, once in 1889 and again in 2008. It now sits on land once owned by Hamilton. On May 22nd, you can join a special ranger guided tour of the home with Untapped Cities where you will visit historically furnished rooms and learn what life in the 19th century was like for the Hamilton family at the Grange. This free private tour is open to Untapped Cities Insiders. Not an Insider yet? Become a member today to gain access to free behind-the-scenes tours and special events all year long!
The Grange was designed by architect John McComb, Jr., an architect who also designed other famous New York City buildings such as Gracie Mansion and Castle Clinton. “Grange” refers to an ancestral home and was chosen as a name by Hamilton in respect to his father’s homestead in Scotland. Hamilton Grange, once a foreclosed property, a chapel and an investment piece, is now a National Memorial to one of America’s most revered founders. Alexander Hamilton lived at The Grange until his death by the hand of Aaron Burr in 1804.
- Explore the historically restored and furnished main living areas used by the Hamilton’s including their dining room, parlor, and main entranceway where they received guests, with the guidance of a National Park Service Ranger
- See 19th century artifacts and furnishings that are original to the home
- Learn about the architectural history of the Grange and about the daily life of its famous owner
- View a short film highlighting Alexander Hamilton’s life in the Grange’s 25-seat theater
DATE: Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019, 11:00AM
PRICE: FREE for Untapped Cities Insiders!
CAPACITY: 30 guests. Spots allocated on a first come, first served basis. Guest will be split up into two groups of 15, as only 15 people are allowed up to the period rooms at a time. While one group tours the period rooms the other will watch a short film.
REGISTRATION: Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 at 12PM EST
THINGS TO NOTE:
- No food, beverages or chewing gum may be consumed on the historic floor. No large bags or backpacks are permitted on the historic floor. You are allowed to stow items in a closet in the visitor center.
- The historic rooms are located on the second floor and are accessible via a narrow, 15-step staircase. There is elevator that NPS staff need a few minutes to set up, so please let us know if you require use of the elevator.
- The artifacts on the historic floor are old and very fragile. No one may touch anything, including the walls and no one may sit or lean against any of the furniture.
- The members of each tour group must all stay together as a group. It is not permitted to wander off to other rooms or areas. The person giving the tour must be able to see all group members at all times.
- Still photos (no flash) are allowed in the period rooms.