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The Scavenger Hunt

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HAMILTON: The Scavenger Hunt

Follow in Alexander Hamilton’s footsteps…

…through the streets of Lower Manhattan, from Wall Street to Battery Park, to discover the places where the feisty Founding Father worked, played, debated, fought, and planned his fatal duel. Whether you’re a fan of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical, or the Ron Chernow book that inspired it, or just curious about the Founding Fathers and early New York City, you’ll love this scavenger hunt.

No knowledge of Alexander Hamilton or the Wall Street area is necessary! You just need sharp eyes and comfy shoes to follow a trail of clues to discover fascinating historical places and answer tricky, fun questions about what you find. 

Highlights include…

  • Hamilton’s grave
  • Federal Hall, where Washington was inaugurated, Hamilton dodged rocks thrown by an angry crowd, and Hamilton and Burr worked together to defend a man accused of murder
  • A bank founded by Aaron Burr in a sneaky deal that duped Hamilton
  • Fraunces Tavern, where Hamilton worked as Secretary of the Treasury and where Washington bid farewell to his troops
  • The site of Jefferson’s home, the site of “the room where it happened”—possibly the most important deal in America’s history
  • The site of Hamilton’s home on Wall Street
  • Pearl Street, part of the route of Hamilton’s funeral procession
  • Hanover Square, the location of the publisher of The Federalist, written mostly by Hamilton and James Madison
  • The site of a fort where, in 1775, Hamilton joined a group that stole cannons from the British

Plus, you’ll touch a fence that bears the scars of a patriotic mob, walk through a former hanging ground and slave market, gaze at singe marks from the great fire of 1776, visit the real grave of a fictional character, decipher a Freemason’s cryptic last message, and more.

It’s a great, fast-paced tour of the Wall Street area. Even if you don’t give a farthing for the Founding Fathers, you’ll be surprised and delighted by this hunt. And if you’ve seen the hit Broadway musical, you’ll be forgiven for spontaneously rapping as you recognize touchstones in Hamilton’s lyrics.

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