Alexander Hamilton's New York: History is Happening in the Greatest City in the World

New York City

  • Hamilton in the uniform of the New York artillery. Painting by Alonzo Chappel.
  • The Battery circa 1880. It was originally built on an island as the city expanded it shoreline. Photo: Discovering NYC.
  • Fraunces Tavern circa 1909. Photo: Stereoscopichistory.
  • "Washington's Farewell" in Fraunces Tavern. Engraving by Alonzo Chappel.
  • The Tontine Coffee House in Lower Manhattan issued in 1859. Photo: NYPL Art and Picture Collection.
  • The Tontine Coffee House is the building on the left with the American flag and the porch. This is a 1797 painting by Francis Guy.
  • Ralph Earl's 1787 portrait of Eliza Schuyler and John Trumbull's 1805 Alexander Hamilton.
  • Lin Manuel Miranda (creator of "Hamilton") duels with Burr's pistols. Photo: Museum of American Finance.
  • Hamilton stands in the lobby of The Bank of New York. Photo: Museum of American Finance.
  • The stairs of Federal Hall. Photo: Josean Lopez.
  • The rotunda in Federal Hall. Photo: Ester E. Shin.
  • Hamilton's grave at Trinity Church. Photo: gleeksily36.
  • Inside Trinity Church. Photo: Richard Ferro.

1 hour and 30 minutes
0.9 mi
Guided by Stephanie
Stephanie Wolcott


Founding Father, immigrant, Secretary of the Treasury, author of the Federalist Papers, face of the $10 bill and favorite son of New York - Alexander Hamilton is at last getting his due thanks to "Hamilton" on Broadway. Come walk in Hamilton's footsteps through Lower Manhattan, visiting his favorite drinking spot, Wall Street home, site of the "rap battle" debates with Jefferson, his final resting spot and more. These 7 sites spotlight Hamilton's evolution from daring militiaman to unrelenting lawyer to Constitution debater to tragic martyr.

About Your Guide

Things I love: afternoon lattes, "Hamilton" the Musical, trying out new recipes, history books that don't put me to sleep, New York City. Things I am trying to love: doing my own taxes, alarmist weather terminology, crossword puzzles, meditation, New York City.

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Guide Points

  1. Castle Clinton National Monument

    >They're battering down the Battery

  2. Fraunces Tavern

    >Let’s have another round tonight...

  3. The Tontine Coffee House

    The northwest corner of Water and Wall Street is a massively important site that has been lost to the passing of time. This is the site of …

  4. 58 Wall St

    > Why do you write like you’re running out of time?

  5. Museum of American Finance

    > Did you know, even then, it doesn't matter

  6. Federal Hall

    > Winning was easy, young man. Governing’s harder.

  7. Trinity Church

    > Every other founding father's story gets told

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