The oldest standing residence in Manhattan, the Morris-Jumel Mansion was used as Washington’s headquarters during the Battle of Harlem Heights, and later, Aaron Burr’s residence with his second wife. The mansion is so vital to Hamilton that Lin-Manuel Miranda was granted a writing space in one of the rooms to write parts of it. So if you’re feeling inspired to write the next great American musical, you might want to bring a notebook for your visit.
During the musical’s final song, “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story,” Eliza reveals that she lived another 50 years after Alexander dies, and in that time, she helped create the first private orphanage in New York City. Today, the Graham Windham orphanage still stands in Brooklyn Heights and helps more than 4,500 kids and families every year. Knowing from the musical that Alexander Hamilton was an orphan by the age of 13, this is one of Eliza’s most lasting and meaningful legacies, truly making her “best of wives, best of women.”