Two hundred and fifty years ago, Abraham Mortier built a phenomenal house in the area landmarked today as the Charlton-King-VanDam Historic District, and named it Richmond Hill. The list of famous people who lived there after Mortier is astounding: General George Washington, Vice President John Adams, and most significantly, Aaron Burr, who coveted the beautiful Richmond Hill and then ironically helped to destroy it. Join us as we learn how the great estate was eventually carved up, first into private townhouses and then tenements. We'll hear stories also about desecrated churches, spunky old saloons, and fearful river pirates, as well as immigrants whose journeys to America took them onto the Titanic and into the Triangle Factory. Woven into this tapestry is the tale of the enigmatic Aaron Burr who still confounds categorization: arch villain of the early Republic or victim of a vicious smear campaign that compelled him to kill his rival Alexander Hamilton? Cap off our walk with the detailed retelling of the infamous duel and decide for yourself.
Where to meet: On the NW corner of Sixth Avenue and Spring Street, directly in front of the former Benjamin Moore Paint Store currently under renovation.
When to meet: 4:45 pm for a 5 pm start. I will be holding a sign that says "Aaron Burr's Own Tour".
Train: Take the C, E trains to "Spring Street". Check MTA Weekender for any updates before heading out: http://web.mta.info/weekender.html
Fee: $20 cash, $15 for seniors 65 + with proof of age; exact change appreciated! Please bring bills, not coins. Sorry, please do not bring dogs or minor children age 17 or below on the tours. No audio taping or video taping allowed.
The tour will be approximately 2.5 hours long. For sunny days, be sure to bring a hat and a bottle of water. Check the weather reports on the day of the tour; if there is a chance of rain, please bring your own umbrella. While Friendly Native tours usually do take place on the date and at the time they are scheduled, on occasion they will be postponed in cases of high temperatures or high probability of rain, and an email sent out to that effect to all who have registered for the event.
The nearest restrooms to this location are on the lower level of the Trump SoHo, located down the block on the corner of Spring and Varick streets. Please be sure to "take care of things" before the start of the tour!