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Historic Places in New York
African Burial Ground National Monument, New YorkAfrican Burial Ground NM
C/O Federal Hall National Memorial
26 Wall St
NYC, NY 10005
Phone: (212) 637-2019
Description: African Burial Ground is the oldest and largest known excavated burial ground in North America for both free and enslaved Africans. It protects the historic role slavery played in building New York City. The site honors both the spirit of those buried here and those who fought for the respectful protection of this site for this and future generations.
Castle Clinton National Monument, New York26 Wall St
Castle Clinton is located in Battery park at the southern tip of Manhattan, and is accessible by car, bus, subway and ferry.
NYC, NY 10005
Phone: (212) 344-7220
Description: Located at the southern tip of Manhattan Island, Castle Clinton stands where New York City began, and represents not only the city’s growth, but the growth of a nation. Initially intended to prevent a British invasion in 1812, the fortification has transformed over the years to welcome theatergoers, immigrants, sightseers, and now, millions of visitors to New York Harbor.
Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, New York4097 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, NY 12538
Phone: (845) 229-9422
Description: This simple statement expresses her love for the modest house she called Val-Kill. The only National Historic Site dedicated to a first lady, Val-Kill welcomes visitors in the style of Mrs. Roosevelt. Come and be part of the entire Roosevelt Experience at Val-Kill.
Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, New York1 Delaware Avenue
Cohoes, NY 12047
Phone: (518) 237-7000
Description: Explore the Erie Canal and discover America's most famous and influential man-made waterway. Nowhere else will you find the distinctive locks and low bridges of the New York State Canal System or discover towns and cities whose watery front doors still give way to lively Main Streets.
Federal Hall National Memorial, New York26 Wall Street
NYC, NY 10005
Phone: (212) 825-6990
Description: Here on Wall Street, George Washington took the oath of office as our first President, and this site was home to the first Congress, Supreme Court, and Executive Branch offices. The current structure, a Customs House, later served as part of the US Sub-Treasury. Now, the building serves as a museum and memorial to our first President and the beginnings of the United States of America.
Fort Stanwix National Monument, New York112 East Park St.
Rome, NY 65738
Phone: (315) 338-7730
Description: For centuries, the Oneida Carrying Place, a six mile portage connecting the Mohawk River and Wood Creek, served as a vital link for those traveling by water from the ocean to the Great Lakes. When Europeans arrived, nations fought for control of the carry, the homelands of the Six Nations Confederacy, and the rich resources of North America. In this struggle, Fort Stanwix would play a vital role.
General Grant National Memorial, New YorkRiverside Drive and W. 122nd Street
NYC, NY 10027
Phone: (646) 670-7251
Description: The final resting place of President Ulysses S. Grant and his wife, Julia, is the largest mausoleum in North America. It testifies to a people’s gratitude for the man who ended the bloodiest conflict in American history as Commanding General of the Union Army and then, as President of the United States, strove to heal a nation after a civil war and make rights for all citizens a reality.
Governors Island National Monument, New York10 South Street
NYC, NY 10004
Phone: (212) 825-3054
Description: From 1794 to 1966, the U.S. Army on Governors Island was part of the social, political, and economic tapestry of New York City. Today, the island is a vibrant summer seasonal venue of art, culture, and performance against the backdrop of two centuries of military heritage and the skyline of one of the great cities of the world.
Hamilton Grange National Memorial, New York414 West 141st Street
NYC, NY 10031
Phone: (646) 548-2310
Description: Alexander Hamilton created the tools for the success of the United States. From his humble beginnings as an orphan on the Caribbean island of Nevis, he became George Washington's right-hand man. Come visit Hamilton Grange and find out more about this controversial founder and the country home that he built on his Harlem estate.
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, New York4097 Albany Post Rd
Hyde Park, NY 12538
Phone: (845) 229-5320
Description: "All that is within me cries out to go back to my home on the Hudson River" FDR
This quote captures FDR's connection to Springwood, the estate that he loved & the place he considered home. The first US Presidential Library was started by FDR here. Visit the Home of FDR and Presidential Library & Museum to learn about the only President elected to four terms.
Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, New YorkHarriet Tubman National Historical Park
Auburn, NY 13021
Description: Harriet Tubman was guided by a deep faith and devotion to family, freedom, and community. After emancipating herself and members of her family, she moved them from Ontario, Canada to Fleming and Auburn, New York in 1859. Central New York was a center for progressive thought, abolition, and women’s suffrage where Tubman continued to fight for human rights and dignity until she died in 1913.
Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, New York625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12210
Phone: (518) 473-3835
Description: Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area stretches from New York City to Albany. The area resources exhibit the roles of freedom and dignity in the valley's history, and the historical and contemporary role of commerce. Revolutionary War stories, famous residences, scenic parks and gardens, and landscape interpretations all contribute to the Hudson Valley's beauty and wealth of resources.
Kate Mullany National Historic Site, New York50 8th St
Troy, NY 12179
Phone: (518) 331-4474
Description: The Kate Mullany House was declared a National Historic Landmark by the Secretary of the Interior in 1998 and designated an affiliated unit with in the National Historic Site Congress on 2005. It is located at 350 8th St. in Troy, NY. It is the home of the American Labor Studies Center.
Lower East Side Tenement National Historic Site, New York103 Orchard Street
NYC, NY 10002
Phone: (877) 975-3786
Description: The heart of the museum is a historic tenement, home to an estimated 7,000 people from over 20 nations between 1863 and 1935. The tenement’s cramped living spaces, the lives of past residents and the history of the Lower East Side, contribute to its representation of the immigrant experience. Throughout the year, programs such as walking tours and readings are offered.
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, New York1013 Old Post Road
Kinderhook, NY 12106
Phone: (518) 758-9689
Description: Politics before the Civil War was a whirlwind of opposing interest groups. Martin Van Buren was able to unite those groups becoming president in 1837. As frustration and violence over the extension of slavery grew in the 1840's, Van Buren ran for the presidency twice more from this house. He hoped to unite sectional interests but failed; ultimately so did the union.
Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, New York125 Timon Hall
Niagara University, NY 14109
Phone: (716) 286-8579
Description: Designated by Congress in 2008, the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area stretches from the western boundary of Wheatfield, New York to the mouth of the Niagara River on Lake Ontario, including the communities of Niagara Falls, Youngstown, and Lewiston. The region is home to natural wonders, rich cultural traditions, and nationally significant historical sites.
Old Westbury Gardens71 Old Westbury Road
Old Westbury, NY 11568
Phone: (516) 333 0048
Description: Old Westbury Gardens, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the former home of John S. Phipps
Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site, New York897 South Columbus Ave
Mount Vernon, NY 10550
Phone: (914) 667-4116
Description: Since 1665, Saint Paul's Church played a vital role in the colonial life of Eastchester, 20 miles north of New York City. Townspeople voted at the nearby Village Green; local militia drilled outside its doors. But the American Revolution changed everything. American, British and Hessian troops tore down the old wooden meetinghouse for firewood and used the unfinished stone chapel as a hospital.
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, New York20 Sagamore Hill Road
Oyster Bay, NY 11771
Phone: (516) 922-4788
Description: Sagamore Hill was the home of Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, from 1885 until his death in 1919. During Roosevelt's time in office, his "Summer White House" was the focus of international attention. Explore the natural surroundings and become inspired by the legacy of one of America's most popular presidents.
Saratoga National Historical Park, New York648 Route 32
Stillwater, NY 12170
Phone: (518) 670-2985
Description: Here, in 1777, during the American War for Independence, American troops battled and beat a British invasion force, marking the first time in world history that a British Army ever surrendered. This crucial victory secured essential foreign recognition and support, instigated world-wide wars, affirmed United States independence, and changed the face of the world.
Statue of Liberty National Monument, New Jersey and New YorkLiberty Island
New York Harbor, NYC, NY 10004
Phone: (212) 363-3200
Description: "The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World" was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States and is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was designated as a National Monument in 1924. Employees of the National Park Service have been caring for the colossal copper statue since 1933.
Stonewall National Monument, New York26 Wall Street
NYC, NY 10005
Phone: (212) 668-2577
Description: Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site, New York28 East 20th Street
NYC, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 260-1616
Description: This is the boyhood home of the first U.S. president to be born in New York City. Raised in a townhouse at 28 E. 20th St., Theodore Roosevelt would grow up to be our 26th President and become immortalized on Mount Rushmore. However, he started life as a sickly yet bright boy who exercised to improve his health and began a lifelong passion for the "strenuous life."
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, New York641 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 884-0095
Description: As president, Theodore Roosevelt created protections for ordinary citizens, began regulation of big business, and made the US a major force in international affairs. Yet one of the most important presidencies in America's history nearly didn't happen. See the place where a brief, emotional, and improvised ceremony in Buffalo, NY brought TR into office, and forever altered the nation.
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, New York4097 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, NY 12538
Phone: (845) 229-7770
Description: Vanderbilt Mansion NHS, in terms of architecture, interiors, mechanical systems, road systems and landscape, is a remarkably complete example of a gilded-age country place, illustrating the political, economic, social, cultural, and demographic changes that occurred as America industrialized in the years after the Civil War.
Women's Rights National Historical Park, New York136 Fall Street
Seneca Falls, NY 13148
Phone: (315) 568-0024
Description: Women’s Rights National Historical Park tells the story of the first Women’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, NY on July 19-20,1848. It is a story of struggles for civil rights, human rights, and equality, global struggles that continue today. The efforts of women’s rights leaders, abolitionists, and other 19th century reformers remind us that all people must be accepted as equals.
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