Federal Hall is located in Lower Manhattan on the corner of Broad Street and Wall Street. It is across the street from the New York Stock Exchange and just a few buildings east of the historic Trinity Church (where Alexander Hamilton is buried). Federal Hall is open 6 days a week in the summer from 9 AM – 5 PM and is open 5 days a week during the other three seasons. The best part of this New York attraction is that it is free to enter. The original building that stood here was built in about 1700 and was the first US Capital and George Washington was inaugurated on the balcony of the building on April 30, 1789. The original building was eventually town down and replaced with the building that exists today. Part of the original balcony floor where Washington was inaugurated is on display in the memorial.
I toured this historic site with my wife on a Friday morning in mid-August and enjoyed walking through it. I am a history buff and have read a few books on George Washington so really wanted to tour this building. I had toured this building many years ago but that was before I had read about Washington so this visit meant more. Highlights were seeing Washington’s inauguration Bible and a part of the balcony where Washington took the oath of office to become out first President. There is a nice oversized statue of George Washington on the front step that everyone seemed to be getting their picture taken with. I was a little confused about the buildings history but a friendly and knowledgeable Park Ranger was able to answer my questions
Overall I enjoyed touring this magnificent marble building and recommend it if you are visiting Lower Manhattan (especially if you are a US history buff). This is not a must see attraction in NYC but is easy to visit if you are already visiting Wall Street or the nearby Trinity Church.
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