Alexander Hamilton Grange National Memorial
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.
HoursHamilton 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.
Alexander Hamilton Grange National Memorial414 West 141st Street
Between Convent and St Nicholas Avenues
New York, NY 10031
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Public TransportationBy Train 7 days a week: 7th Ave-Broadway #1 subway train stops at the West 137th Street Station on Broadway. From the station go east to Convent Ave then north to 141st St. A, B, C, and D subway trains stop at the West 145th St Station on St. Nicholas Ave. From the train station, go west to Convent Ave and South to 141st St. By Bus 7 days a week: The Broadway M-4 and M-5 is two blocks to the west. On Amsterdam Ave on block to the west by routes M-100 and M-101 and by route BX-19 operating cross-town on 145th St. Limited service on Convent Ave by route M-18.
Directions & ParkingI-87 (Major Deegan Expressway) to Exit 4 - East 149th St; west on 149th St across bridge onto West 145th St; west on 145th St about six blocks to Convent Ave; south 4 blocks on Convent Ave. From George Washington Bridge and Manhattan: Broadway to 141st St.; east on 141st St to NW corner of St Nicholas Park. There is no on-site parking and no parking is allowed on 141st Street. A limited amount of street parking is available in surrounding neighborhood.
Other InformationHarlem is Home Tour: Alexander Hamilton's Hamilton Heights - A Tour of the surrounding neighborhood, Hamilton's Heights is available through Harlem One Stop. Scheduled tour is $25 per person. New York and Explorer Pass accepted. Tours will begin in late September/October. Call 212-658-9160 for reservations.