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Honor America’s History with A Visit to Its Monuments & Memorials

Get out to St. Nicholas Park in Manhattan and see the former home of founding father Alexander Hamilton at Hamilton Grange National Memorial. Learn about United States Army and Coast Guard defense and history at Governors Island at the confluence of the Hudson River and the East River.

Take a train to lower Manhattan and soak up 17th-and 18th-century African-American history at African Burial Ground National Monument. Take a stroll along Wall Street and see Federal Hall; the first capitol building of the United States as well as the site of George Washington’s presidential inauguration and where the Bill of Rights was introduced in the First Congress.

See the final resting place of 18th-President Ulysses S. Grant as well as of his wife, Julia Dent Grant at General Grant National Memorial in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of upper Manhattan, across from the Riverside Church. Head to central New York and get a better picture of Revolutionary War history at Fort Stanwix National Monument.  

Hamilton Grange National Memorial

Once the home of U.S. founding father Alexander Hamilton, the Hamilton Grange National Memorial is located in St. Nicholas Park in New York City. Due to the home’s historical significance, the New York home has been relocated twice since its original construction in 1802.

Guests looking to get an up-close-and-personal experience can visit the historically furnished floor – housing actual décor and furnishings from Hamilton’s time in the home. There is also a visitor center featuring several permanent exhibits and frequently screening a film at the on-site theater.

Governors Island National Monument

Found just south of Manhattan in New York City, the Governors Island National Monument commemorates and preserves former U.S. Army and National Guard bases once in service.

Guests can explore Fort Jay and Castle Williams – both constructed over 200 years ago – and become familiarized with the island’s historic past.

The monument area encompasses over 22 acres in total, with several parks, including Nolan Park and Colonels Row, surrounding the monument area.

Explore the entirety of the island and its parks on a Hike Through History ranger-led program.

African Burial Ground National Monument

Found at the Ted Weiss Federal Building, the African Burial Ground National Monument is located in Lower Manhattan in New York City. Operated by the National Park Service in the Civic Center District, this U.S. National Historic Landmark preserves a burials site of over 400 African people in the 1700s.

One of the National Parks of New York Harbor, the park consists of a visitor center and exhibitions indoor, plus an outdoor memorial. Visitors are able to browse the exhibits, get a cancellation stamp at the African Burial Ground NM Visitor Center, watch a film in the 40-seat theater, photograph the memorial, and more.

Federal Hall National Memorial

Set along Wall Street, the Federal Hall National Memorial commemorates the site of the nation’s first capitol, the inaugural site of President George Washington, and the spot where the Bill of Rights was first introduced to Congress.

Today, the National Park Service operates the site on Wall Street in the Financial District of the New York City metro area.

Established in 1842, the Federal Hall National Memorial offers the guided tour, “Welcome to Federal Hall,” plus permanent exhibits like the Washington Inaugural Gallery.

Find gifts and information at the Museum Store at Federal Hall National Memorial and the Gateway to America: Discover New York Harbor Visitor Information Center.

Fort Stanwix National Monument

Constructed in 1758, the Fort Stanwix National Monument is located in Rome in central New York. Managed by the National Park Service and covering 16 acres, this U.S. National Historic Landmark was the site of the 1768 Treaty of Fort Stanwix.

Drawing roughly 85,000 annual visitors, Fort Stanwix offers the Willett Center, three walking trails, and guided tours. Stick around the Willett Center for audible exhibits, a park bookstore, and cancellation station, and more.

General Grant National Memorial

Also known as Grant's Tomb, the General Grant National Memorial is located in Manhattan’s Riverside Park in the NYC metropolitan area.

Enclosing the remains of President Ulysses S. Grant, this U.S. National Memorial is managed by the National Park Service.

Visitors to Grant's Tomb may check out the Grant exhibits, bookstore, and a film in the General Grant NM Visitor Center.

Visitors may also admire the craftsmanship of the mausoleum, or tour the plaza and memorial grounds.