Hamilton Historic Tour in Elizabeth, NJ

Explore where Hamilton lived and studied, it’s closer than you think!

The Annual CelebrateHAMILTON program, hosted by the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society (AHA), celebrates Alexander Hamilton’s life and legacy. The program in Elizabeth focuses on Alexander Hamilton and how Elizabeth, NJ shaped him. Special tours will be offered at Boxwood Hall and the First Presbyterian Church, along with a special exhibit at the Elizabeth Public Library on Thursday, July 11, 2019.

2019 Hamilton

“Elizabeth: The City that Shaped Hamilton"
July 11, 2019

Explore historic sites associated with Alexander Hamilton’s time in the Elizabethtown, New Jersey area as a young preparatory school student, having just emigrated from the Caribbean. Come explore some of the most influential places and people of Hamilton's time in Elizabethtown.

Alexander Hamilton arrived in Elizabethtown, NJ in 1772 and attended the Old Academy School to study and prepare for college studiesDuring this time period, Hamilton went under the personal guidance of NJ’s first governor William Livingston and lived nearby at Liberty Hall with the Livingston family. Along with building that strong relationship, Hamilton also built a strong friendship with Elias Boudinot, who lived in Boxwood Hall. 


There will be no public parking available at Boxwood Hall. Staff & AHA staff parking only.(or Press, if we are so lucky!) Parking is VERY limited at the Elizabeth Public Library & the Hamilton program is not the only event scheduled for that day. Parking is also very limited at Church. Street parking in the Midtown area is metered & the meters are strictly enforced. Side street parking is free, but limited. Two City owned parking lots are within walking distance of all 3 sites: The Jefferson Ave. lot & the J. Christian Bollwage lot.

Public transportation:

NJ Transit trains usually stop at Elizabeth. The station is easy walking distance to all 3 sites. Trains leave from NY Penn Station, Newark Penn Station, Trenton & Jersey Shore points. NJ Transit buses serve the area, including Midtown Elizabeth,  leaving from Port Authority in NYC, Newark-Liberty Airport & in proximity to several Elizabeth Hotels, as well as towns west & south of Elizabeth.

Schedule of events: 

Thursday July 11, 2019

Boxwood Hall Museum 
Tour the historic home of Elias Boudinot, that was frequented by Alexander Hamilton. Discover the unique bond of the two historical legends and how Boudinot influenced Hamilton.

  • Program Times: 11:00am
  • Program Fee: Open to the public

Break for lunch at any of our cultural dining partners, all within walking distance of the historical sites. 

  • Lunch break: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
  • Dolce's will offer any Annual Hamilton Day Tour participant 10% off their bill!
  • First Republic Lounge will offer any Annual Hamilton Day Tour participant 10% off their bill!

Elizabeth Public Library
The Elizabeth Public Library will be exhibiting 18th Century materials from its Local History and Special Collections Department. Join us in learning about the historical figures behind these artifacts. This exhibit will be open throughout the month of July.

  • Program Times: 1:30pm
  • Program Fee: Open to the public

Siloam Hope First Presbyterian ChurchThe Snyder Academy of Elizabethtown 

  • Program Times: 2:30pm
  • Program Fee: Open to the public


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