Alexander Hamilton grew up an orphan in the Caribbean, became a lawyer, Revolutionary War hero, founding father of the U.S., and famously died in a duel with the vice president. His spectacular life inspired Hamilton, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, which, on July 3, is being released as a film on Disney Plus. Here, some of the historic haunts of Hamilton’s incredible life, each worth a visit.
Nevis, West Indies
Volcanic sand beaches and British colonial ruins await on the island where Hamilton was born in the 1750s (historians can’t confirm whether it was in 1755 or 1757). Visit the Alexander Hamilton Museum, located in a two-story Georgian stone structure believed to be the Hamilton family home and Alexander’s birthplace.
When Hamilton was a child, the family moved to St. Croix. When his father returned to Nevis, his mother supported Alexander and his brother James by running a small store until her death in 1768 (her grave can be found at St. John’s Anglican Church). Hamilton remained on St. Croix with relatives until moving to the U.S. as a teen in 1772.
Trinity Church Cemetery
Manhattan, New York
As a student at King’s College (known today as Columbia University), Hamilton and other students drilled with a Revolutionary War militia in the graveyard of this downtown Episcopal chapel, the oldest church in the borough. Decades later, after fatally losing a duel to Vice President Aaron Burr, Hamilton was buried here in 1804. His gravesite can be easily spotted with its grand pyramid-shaped tomb. As an architect of the U.S. monetary system, it’s fitting that Hamilton’s buried just a few minutes’ walk from Wall Street.
U.S. Mint Coin Store
As the first Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton authored the Coinage Act in 1792, which provided the country with a regulated currency. The physical coin store is temporarily closed, but you can still visit it online and think of Hamilton every time you flip a coin for heads or tails.
Manhattan, New York
Claimed to be Manhattan’s oldest surviving building, this four-story restaurant and museum on Pearl Street once served as George Washington’s meeting spot with the Sons of Liberty, and as his headquarters during and after the Revolutionary War. It is also where Hamilton and Burr shared a tense meal a week before their duel in 1804.
Weehawken Dueling Grounds
Weehawken, New Jersey
On July 11, 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr and Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton dueled on the Weehawken Dueling Grounds, where just three years earlier Hamilton’s son had perished. Burr shot Hamilton in the lower abdomen and fled as Hamilton lay, fatally wounded, on a boulder that is still on site today. Hamilton was ferried back to New York where he died the following day.