ELIZABETH, NJ – Hamilton mania created by the popular musical has made history enthusiasts out of those who previously never gave the subject a thought, causing them to hunt down all things Hamiltonian, and their first stop should be Boxwood Hall.
When Alexander Hamilton left his Caribbean home to begin his American adventure, he eventually came to Elizabeth attend school and his first home here was Boxwood Hall. He lived there as the guest of Elias Boudinot, who served as president of the Continental Congress, from 1782 to 1783.
Now a New Jersey State Historic Site, Boxwood Hall still stands at 1073 East Jersey Street, filled with beautiful furniture and history. Today, caretaker Katherine Craig hosted a group visiting as part of the two-day celebration of Alexander Hamilton, Young Immigrant Hamilton Tour.
Boxwood Hall is open, free of charge, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Craig recommends calling before visiting to make sure she is available. The number is 908-282-7617. Boxwood Hall is also open weekends by appointment.
The tour is one of several events that include an exhibit of documents at the Elizabeth Public Library on Broad Street. The exhibit displays bonds and the redemption documents sold to wealthy Americans to finance the new government. The documents were signed by the Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton. The exhibition is on display until July 18.