From Darren Boch from National Park Service
The beauty of Alexander Hamilton’s “sweet project,” the Grange, is now
clearly apparent. The balustrades on the roof and porch roofs are finished
and in place. The chimneys have all been restored and the functional
shutters have been hung. The special plaster finish on the ground level is
done and the house has a fresh coat of paint in preparation for its grand
re-opening on Sept. 17, 2011. On that day, tours inside the home will be
open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis around 12:00 noon.
(Full opening weekend program announcement to follow in the next update.)
Inside, the mirrored doors in the dining room have been re-installed
following restoration work that replaced the missing glass. Much of the
interior painting is finished and replicas of historic furnishings will
soon be placed in the appropriate rooms. The restored historic staircase
has been fully installed and stained.
Additionally, the installation of the exhibits is nearly complete. The
exhibits follow Alexander Hamilton’s life from his boyhood in the
Caribbean, through his move to New York and subsequent enlistment in the
Continental Army during the American Revolution, to his meteoric rise to
national prominence and his untimely death in the duel with Aaron Burr. The
work in the visitor welcome station is also nearly finished and will boast
an electronic information display as well as a small bookstore.
The theater, which will show a film about Hamilton’s life, is nearing
completion. Sliding doors separate the theater from the main exhibition
space. The theater doubles as an interpretive space, illustrating how the
original ground floor (lost during the first move in 1889) was used as
domestic space, and housed the Grange’s kitchen. The sketch on the back
wall of the theater shows the outline of the type of kitchen fireplace that
would have been used for cooking most of the meals served at the Grange
during the Hamilton family’s time there.