Hamilton Grange National Memorial
6:00 pm
7:00 pm
8:00 pm
John McComb, Jr., 1802; Renovation, John B. Waite Associates, 2011

Normally open to the public during the day, this program will provide access to the home during evening hours. The Grange was the only home ever owned by Alexander Hamilton. Named after his ancestral home in Scotland, it was intended to be a summer residence on a 32-acre estate miles away from what was then New York City on the other end of Manhattan Island. Hamilton was born out of wedlock and was effectively orphaned at a young age. His genius, drive and passion impressed his employers and community in the Caribbean where he was born, and he was sent to the mainland for education.

Once here, Hamilton became involved in revolutionary politics, engaging in print wars with British sympathizers many years his senior. Rising through the ranks of the Continental Army he became senior aide-du-camp for George Washington, beginning a long relationship of trust that would shape the nation. Hamilton would drive the creation of a constitution that would forge a loose alliance of 13 individual states into a federal union of one nation. He would develop the concept of "implied powers" that interpreted the Constitution to allow the federal government to do what was necessary to achieve the purposes of the Constitution - like create lighthouses or a Justice Department. This vision validated by Congress and the Supreme Court, and the foresight to realize manufacturing must be part of a diversified national economy, was at odds with Thomas Jefferson's agrarian view and a relatively weak central government.

Hamilton built the Grange as a refuge and was at an ebb in his career when it was completed. He built it in the Federal style, and intended it as a representation of how far he had come, as well as a venue to entertain the many who had supported him along the way. John McComb, Jr. had worked with Hamilton on building government lighthouses, and had developed a reputation at perhaps the first prominent architect in the United States. Hamilton was intimately involved in the details of design, and referred to it as his "sweet project." Visitors will be able to visit the furnished upstairs on a first-come/first-served basis.

Saturday Tour Info: After-hours hours with National Park Service rangers will last approximately 45 min.


Reservations for this tour are now sold out. Interested in exploring sites that are open late on Saturday? You may also enjoy the US Coast Guard Cutter LILAC and the Stonewall National Monument, both of which stay open until 7pm, and require no reservations! Click on each site’s name to check out its Open Access listing.


Image Credit: National Park Service