START SPREADING THE NEWS – NEW YORK CITY – HAMILTON GRANGE .

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 .

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