2. Alexander Hamilton Died in Front of the Ballroom Fireplace
In 1804, after being shot in the infamous duel with Aaron Burr in Weehawken, New Jersey, Alexander Hamilton was brought to the home of the Bayard family, a prominent Anglican family on Jane Street in the West Village. It was in that house in front of the fireplace that Hamilton supposedly spent his last moments before dying the next day, on July 12th, 1804.
In 1966, when an addition to Gracie Mansion was constructed, the fireplace from the Bayard home was installed in the ballroom. The fireplace is one of many remnants left in New York City from that fateful duel, including the pistols that were used by Hamilton and Burr which are part of the permanent collection of JP Morgan Chase Headquarters.