A New Nation

Heading to the capital? Not Washington D.C., we’re heading to a time when New York City was the capital of the United States. As the people of the United States transitioned from colonial subjects to independent citizens, New York City was at the center of the action. Where will you begin your revolutionary adventure?

Choose your adventure below!


In the footsteps of General Washington at Fraunces Tavern Museum

After a valiant effort, the war had ended and independence was achieved.  Imagine sitting in the Long Room at Fraunces Tavern as your brave and inspired leader bids you farewell.  To better imagine the scene, read Colonel Benjamin Tallmadge’s account. Gather a sense of the times as you explore Fraunces Tavern. To get into the spirit, take turns channeling George Washington and one of his officers, with one person reciting the quotes as you imagine the commander would have, and another responding as you imagine an officer would have.

"With a heart full of love and gratitude I now take leave of you. I most devoutly wish that your latter days may be as prosperous and happy as your former ones have been glorious and honorable."
"I cannot come to each of you but shall feel obliged if each of you will come and take me by the hand."

Wrap up your adventure with a journal entry from the perspective of an officer, detailing your memories of General Washington. 

After enjoying the museum, grab a bite to eat at Fraunces Tavern.

An inauguration at Federal Hall

Stand below the statue of George Washington at the entrance to Federal Hall, imagining the first president, making the first inaugural address, and, in the words of our founding father say, “And since the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.” As you explore Federal Hall, consider the words of George Washington, as well as the history of democracy in the United States. In what ways has the experiment in democracy been a success? In what ways can the Unites States continue to improve and fulfill its destiny as a model of democracy? Dare to dream of the possibilities for America.  Share your adventures on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with #TimeTravelKidsNYC

Strike a pose: Imitate the stance of our first president outside of Federal Hall.

While you’re there, consider the influence of the Ancient Greeks on America.



Fun and games at Lefferts Historic House

Not everyone was involved in the running of a new nation.  Check out some leisure activities at Lefferts Historic House.  Try your hand at hoop rolling.  Raise your stature on a pair of wooden stilts.  Is there enough fun in the 19th century to keep a 21st century kid having fun? Show us your skills on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with #TimeTravelKidsNYC

Lefferts Historic House’s hours vary seasonally. 


Other Adventures in a New Nation

The possibilities for exploring New York City as a young nation are endless:

Historic Richmondtown - Experience life on a farm.

African Burial Grounds - As the nation began, liberty was not inclusive.  Pay respect to the enslaved people who helped build our nation.

Hamilton Grange National Memorial - Listen to the music from Hamilton: An American Musical prior to experiencing the home of Alexander Hamilton.

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