08/12/13

John Jay Homestead

When he retired, John Jay didn’t want a “seat,” his son wrote; he wanted a plain farmhouse, just like his neighbors’ in Katonah, NY.

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Hamilton Grange

The Harlem Heights home of the creator of America’s financial system

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08/12/13

Stratford Hall

The home of the Lees, extraordinary for its importance as architecture and as a shrine of American history

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08/12/13

Monticello

Thomas Jefferson, architect and statesman, designed America’s greatest house.
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08/12/13

Mount Vernon

The house that our greatest president designed himself

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08/12/13

Liberty Hall

On banks array’d with ever blooming flowers,/ Near beauteous landscapes, or by roseate bowers;/ My neat, but simple mansion I would raise/, Unlike the sumptuous domes of modern days. . . . –William Livingston, “Philosophic Solitude”

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08/10/13

Moving Hamilton Grange

We sometimes forget that New York’s history didn’t start with nineteenth century immigrants sailing under the Statue of Liberty’s outstretched arm and building the bustling commercial metropolis that exists today. In fact, the city was the first capital of the United States government established under the Constitution, the place where President George Washington took his first oath of office and set the constitutional machinery in motion. Continue reading

07/29/13

Montpelier

The newly restored house of the Father of the Constitution

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