Trinity Church, New York

Trinity Church, New York

Trinity Church is a traditional high church situated not far from the intersection of Wall Street and Broadway in Lower Manhattan. Renowned for both its location and endowment, this historic temple has been around since the late 17th century.

Originally built in 1698, the church had been remodeled three times until the current edifice came to be in 1846. In the course of the centuries, the Manhattan Trinity Church has held an important place in American history. During the American Revolution, it served as the British headquarters prior to being destroyed by the Great New York City Fire of 1776. The replacement building was completed in 1790 and saw many of the nation's founding fathers, like Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, attending services, as well as George Washington's inauguration thanksgiving service which also took place here.

The burial grounds outside the church are a who's who of early America. It is now a must-stop site for fans of the hit musical “Hamilton”, the lead character of which, Alexander Hamilton, is buried here alongside his wife and son. Today, thanks to the musical, his final resting place is a popular site for selfies. Washington’s aide and one of his most valued military staff, Hamilton was the nation’s first secretary of the treasury after George Washington was elected president in 1789. Following Washington’s death in December 1799, for a brief period he also had been the most senior-ranking officer in the U.S. army, until his retirement a year later.

Among other notable figures buried at Trinity are William Bradford ("the pioneer printer of the Middle colonies"), Robert Fulton (American engineer and inventor of a commercial steamboat), William Alexander (aka Lord Stirling, a Scottish-American major general during the American Revolutionary War), Francis Lewis (a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of New York), Hercules Mulligan (Irish-American tailor and spy during the American Revolutionary War), Edward Irving Koch (mayor of New York City from 1978 to 1989), and others. Remarkably, the Trinity Church graveyard is also the only cemetery in Manhattan still in service.

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Sight Name: Trinity Church
Sight Location: New York, USA (See walking tours in New York)
Sight Type: Religious
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