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For my Seekender getaway, I want to invite you to my city: New York! As a native New Yorker, resident of Lower Manhattan and a student of U.S. history I recommend you visit historic sites, landmarks and destinations downtown.
I can make a case for all of the hot tourist spots and the cool local places to check out, but I can't do all of that (in one post anyway).
I might as well confess, I've created a mini tour, perfect for Seekenders, based on the life and time of Alexander Hamilton. It is by no means comprehensive, in fact I have tried to keep all the site at the Southern end of NYC, making it very walkable and close to other non-Hamilton specific sites.
This is not any ordinary tourist visit, it's my guide to Alexander Hamilton's Lower Manhattan.
My goal is to inspire you, your family and crew to have the best time exploring Downtown NYC.
I tried to only include places where you can safely stop and take photos. There are places that are obstructed or no longer there. For example, one of the places Hamilton lived: 23 Queen Street today 218 Pearl. Present day, there is nothing to see but scaffolding. Back then, it was the home of Hercules Mulligan, whom Hamilton lived with while he studied at King's College (now Columbia University). Mulligan was a member of the Sons of Liberty and recruited Hamilton. He was a tailor by trade and spy during the American Revolutionary War and responsible for saving George Washington's life on at least 2 occasions. However, Mulligan did worship at Trinity Church and is buried with his wife at the same cemetery as Hamilton.
Inspired by Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton, it's won multiple TONY awards and is sold out through 2017 for a reason. Yes, I am obsessed. I was lucky enough to see the show recently and I can't even begin to tell you how much more connected I feel to the history of our nation.
I've also read Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton biography and Hamilton: The Revolution by Jeremy McCarter and Lin-Manuel Miranda because I had to know more.
Alright, are you ready my fellow Seekenders?
Vamos, let's experience some historic places in Lower Manhattan and see what life was like during the life and times of Alexander Hamilton.
EverSoPopular's Guide to Alexander Hamilton in Lower Manhattan
"Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story"
Trinity Church, located at 75 Broadway (right at Wall Street) is a beautiful church where Alexander Hamilton and his family worshippped. It is also the final resting place of Alexander Hamilton and his wife Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton (Eliza). It is also said his son, Philip Hamilton, who died in a duel (2 years before his father was killed in the same way) is buried in the cemetery near his father.
Check out my visit captured on periscope here:
"Don't be shocked when your history book mentions me. I will lay down my life if it sets us free. Eventually, you'll see my ascendency." - Hamilton, "My Shot"
Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl Street.
This museum & tavern is one of the city's oldest buildings and also a very social and active spot. This was a meeting place of the Sons of Liberty, site of many dinners, social gatherings and where George Washington bid farewell to his troops.
"Washington On Your Side"
Federal Hall, 26 Wall Street.
Today's Federal Hall sits on the site where George Washington was inaugurated president and the first U.S. Congress met. The birthplace of American government, this was the first U.S. capitol building. Now it is a museum run by the National Park Service.
"Room Where It Happened"
Residence of Thomas Jefferson, 57 Maiden Lane.
Today there is only a plaque but this is the site of the Secretary of State, Thomas Jefferson's, residence. It is also where Jefferson hosted a "dinner" and private meeting between Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton and U.S. House of Representative member James Madison on June 20, 1790. The results were known as the Compromise of 1790.
"You'll Be Back"
Bowling Green, at Whitehall St, now co-named Evacuation Day Plaza.
The sign pictured above is a tribute to Evacuation Day; the holiday that commemorated the last British troops shipping off from The Battery in Lower Manhattan on Nov. 25, 1783, ending Britain’s occupation during the Revolutionary War. It is located right behind the "Charging Bull" which is always full of tourists taking photos.
Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, 1 Bowling Green.
This building was named in 1990 for Alexander Hamilton, Founding Father and first Secretary of the Treasury. It sits in the same spot as Fort Amsterdam, the original center of the settlement of New Amsterdam. The building is now home to the National Archives, Museum of the American Indian and a federal court.
"What Comes Next"
St. Paul's Chapel, 209 Broadway.
This colonial-style church is a great way to step back in time while looking forward to the future. St. Paul's Chapel, or "The Little Chapel That Stood", is the oldest surviving church building in Manhattan. It is also the place George Washington worshiped regularly and went to pray after his inauguration ceremony. Now it sits at the foot of One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
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