The next stop on your 30 Plus Teams Tour of New York City is bringing you to the summer home of Alexander Hamilton , called Hamilton Grange or ” The Grange . “
You all got off at Broadway and 137th Street and began walking .
The streets are very hilly and the three of you have to stop many times just to catch your breath .
You see a sign that reads ” Alexander Hamilton Park ” and think you’re getting closer .
Actually , the three of you are only on 138th Street .
When you all finally reach 14 1st Street and Saint Nicholas Avenue , you see a familiar sight .
It’s a yellow and white house standing off by itself .
The house is surrounded by a park .
This is Hamilton Grange .
For all that you know about Harlem , you weren’t aware that many colonial families had summer homes there due to the Yellow Fever that was commonly found in Lower Manhattan .
The three of you walk into the entrance to take a tour of the house .
It happens to be free .
This just isn’t a monument , this really was Hamilton s home .
On the first floor , it’s all about Hamilton .
You all know about his early life , sort of , but not much else .
You wonder with all the things that he did and all the positions that he held , when did he have time to have kids , let alone eight of them ?
You all read details about his death in a duel as well .
The three of you learned about it in American History class , but there was so much that you didn’t know .
For one thing , the duel between Hamilton and Aaron Burr had to take place in New Jersey because dueling was illegal in New York .
You discovered that Hamilton wasn’t the only member of his family to die in a duel .
His oldest son , Philip , did as well .
The Hamilton – Burr duel was fought because Hamilton supposedly said that ” Burr was unfit to be governor of New York . ”
In Colonial times , any type of so called insults , real or imagined , would result in a duel .
How different from today .
How many duels would be fought today because someone got their feelings hurt and felt ” disrespected ” ?
Not to mention how many people would be posting this on YouTube , Facebook Live or Instagram just to show people that they were there .
The duel would even be trending on Twitter , under ” HASHTAG DUEL . ”
You think to yourself , ” What a waste of two lives , Hamilton and Aaron Burr . ”
The results might have been different if only Burr had done what Hamilton supposedly did – pointed his pistol in the air .
The three of you walk upstairs to the second floor of the house .
You can’t resist taking pictures of the spacious dining room .
There’s a huge portrait hanging in the parlor of the house .
It isn’t a portrait of Hamilton or his family though .
It’s George Washington , who was a frequent guest at Hamilton Grange .
You guess you can say that Washington really did sleep here .