Alexander Hamilton's Philadelphia
The Museum of the American Revolution
Although Hamilton is known for his initiatives in forming the national treasury, the Museum of the American Revolution tells of Hamilton’s early years as a star in George Washington’s army. Aside from learning about key elements of the Revolutionary War, visitors can also see Washington’s authentic Headquarters Tent, a place where Washington, Hamilton and other military generals strategized to win the Revolutionary War.
In the aftermath of the Revolutionary War, delegates had to decide what the newly formed United States was and how to govern it. At Independence Hall, visitors can see where the founding fathers met to answer these tough questions and formed the Constitution of the United States. Hamilton, an established Revolutionary author composing the Federalist Papers, was integral in convincing other delegates to sign the U.S. Constitution. He was also the only delegate from New York to sign the U.S. Constitution.
The First National Bank
Located across from the Museum of the American Revolution is Hamilton’s greatest lasting impression as the Treasury Secretary of the United States. The First National Bank was in use while Philadelphia was the capital of the United States. Although visitors cannot enter the Bank, its architecture and importance make it a must see!
As the First Secretary of the Treasury for the United States, Hamilton was adamant about creating a national form paper currency. Although the first Philadelphia Mint is no longer standing, visitors can enjoy the U.S. Mint located on Independence Mall. Free, self-guided tours of the exhibits and facilities allow visitors to learn about the influence of Hamilton and the history of our currency.
Visit the site of the Hamilton’s rented house from the period 1790-1795. Within those five years at 226 Walnut Street, Hamilton and his family enjoyed Philadelphia. This is also the location where Hamilton had an affair with the married Maria Reynolds when his wife was away. Although the physical house is gone, visitors can see a plaque detailing Hamilton's history within the house.
Second Bank of the United States
This 19th-century building looks more like a Roman or Grecian temple than the second federal bank authorized by Hamilton. Inside the bank is a collection of portraits of important 18th and 19th century figures. For Hamilton enthusiasts, look for Charles Wilson Peal’s portrait of him within the gallery.
Once Upon a Nation
If you’re looking for a place to enjoy the sunshine or shade while learning about American History, the free storytelling bench near the Museum of the American Revolution is the spot for you. Visitors will learn about the relationship between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, their early days in Washington’s continental army together, and what made these great men rivals. Visitors can hear this tale and many others at the 13 benches throughout the Historic District from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
To experience Hamilton’s Philadelphia, visitors should dine as he and the founding fathers once did in a recreation of an original 18th century tavern. With over 200 years of history within the tavern, visitors will feel transported back to the late 1700s with period food and décor. Whether for lunch, dinner or even a quick drink, such as an Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist Ale, City Tavern is a quintessential restaurant to enhance your time in Old City.