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Hamilton craze boosts number of visitors to American historical sites connected to founding father

The ripples of Hamilton’s success can be felt far and wide, particularly in the historical sites related to the Broadway musical.

Music director Alex Lacamoire and actor, composer Lin-Manuel Miranda celebrate on stage
Music director Alex Lacamoire and actor, composer Lin-Manuel Miranda celebrate on stage Image by Getty

The musical won an astounding eleven Tony Awards on Sunday, and while tickets are impossible to find, fans have taken to hunting down and visiting the real places associated with the American founding father Alexander Hamilton.

Alexander Hamilton's grave site at Trinity Church near ground zero in Lower Manhattan, New York City, USA
Alexander Hamilton’s grave site at Trinity Church near ground zero in Lower Manhattan, New York City, USA Image by Getty Images

Hamilton famously lived in Harlem at Hamilton Grange which is also a National Park site in New York. In the first five months of 2016 the Grange was visited by over 35,000 people, as many as it had for the whole of 2015. According to Hamilton Grange’s staff, there has been a 75% increase in the number of visitors to the site since 2014.

Phillipa Soo and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Phillipa Soo and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Image by Joan Marcus

Another famous place that has long been a favourite visiting site has been Hamilton’s burial site in Lower Manhattan, which has also begun to see far more visitors along with other off-beat and stranger Hamilton-related destinations. The Schuyler-Hamilton residence in New Jersey is the place where Hamilton proposed to his wife which has captured fans’ interest, along with places like the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Washington Heights where the show’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote part of the show. The mansion’s staff has said they’ve seen a huge peak in visitors.

Hamilton Grange National Memorial, Harlem, Manhattan, New York, USA. A National Park Service site in St. Nicholas Park that preserves relocated home of U.S. Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.
Hamilton Grange National Memorial, Harlem, Manhattan, New York, USA. A National Park Service site in St. Nicholas Park that preserves relocated home of U.S. Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Image by Getty Images

Aside from the historical sites there are other events and places that have decided to cash in on Hamilton’s success. The Caribbean island of Nevis where Hamilton was born, is trying to attract tourists through its connection to the musical, whilst New York’s tourism campaign I Love NY has set up tours like ‘Path Through History’ which uses lyrics and songs from the musical. The New York Historical Society launches Summer Of Hamilton on 4 July which sees a program that covers many of the founding father’s different aspects.

Needless to say, we have probably reached peak Hamilton and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere.