Presidential Landmarks in the New York Area
By Melissa A. Kay

Presidential Landmarks in the New York Area

January 7, 2016   |   Family Outings  

UPDATED February 2017: In honor of President's Day, we've rounded up some great presidential landmarks in New York City and the surrounding areas. These places are rich with American history and most can be visited year-round. George Washington would be proud! Check out memorials, birthplaces, and more in Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, on Long Island, Staten Island, and in Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess, and Orange counties.

   

Manhattan

Chester A. Arthur House
123 Lexington Ave., Kips Bay

Pay a visit to the home of the United States’ 21st President, Chester A. Arthur. This home was designated a National Historic Landmark on Jan. 12, 1965. Arthur lived in this four-story brownstone for most of his adult life with his family. The home is now privately owned and visitors may come see the first floor which is open to the public.
     

Grant’s Tomb (General Grant National Memorial)
West 122nd Street and Riverside Drive, Upper West Side

Visit the final resting place of the 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The memorial sits across the road from the renowned Riverside Church. Grant was known as one the American history’s great captains who died on July 23, 1885.
     

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace
28 E. 20th St. at Broadway, Gramercy Park

Visit the Gramercy area of Manhattan with the family to see the lovely town house similar to where President Roosevelt was brought up. There’s a gallery on the ground floor and grand tours of the home are offered. Check out the website to see if you can catch the monthly free classical concert series.
     

Morris-Jumel Mansion
65 Jumel Terrace, Washington Heights

Pass by Washington Heights to see the George Washington's headquarters during the Battle of Harlem Heights back in 1776. This was the Continental Army’s premiere battleground win. The mansion now serves as a museum but has been used as an inn in the past. Aaron Burr was married here as well. 

    

Queens

Queens Historical Society
Weeping Beech Park, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing

The Queens Historical Society is committed to preserving the rich background of Queens via exhibitions, educational programs, and research. Learn about the Kingsland Homestead which features designs brought to the U.S. by colonists from Europe. Explore the Victorian Parlor which is set up to look like it would have in the late 1800s. Learn about The Underground Railroad, colonial kids, quilting, and more with the kids.

    

Bronx

Admiral David Glasgow Farragut Gravesite in Woodlawn Cemetery
Webster Avenue and East 233rd Street

Visit the final resting place of Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, the first rear admiral, vice admiral, and four-star admiral of the United States Navy. He is best known for his order to "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead." His wife and children are buried there as well. Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx is a National Historic Landmark for 150 years and one of the largest cemeteries in NYC.

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Long Island

Sagamore Hill
12 Sagamore Hill Road, Oyster Bay
516-922-4788 

Pay homage to the 26th President of the U.S., Theodore Roosevelt. He lived at Sagamore Hill from 1885-1919. The home was referred to as his “Summer White House.” While you’re here, tour the lovely surroundings, check out the museum, and visit the cemetery.
     

Huntington Historical Society
209 Main St., Huntington
631-427-7045

There’s so much to do and see at the Huntington Historical Society. Their libraries and archives hold a plethora of historical artifacts, portraits, crafts, and more. Visit the museum shop to collect souvenirs and see lectures and programs which are family-friendly.

    

Staten Island

The Conference House Museum
298 Satterlee St. at Hylan Boulevard, Tottenville
718-984-6046

Reimagine history at the National Historic Landmark, the Conference House. The site was built in 1680 by a British naval officer and was the sight of a major conference during the Revolutionary war. The house sits on a 267-acre park. 

   

Westchester 

Hastings Historical Society
407 Broadway, Hastings-on-Hudson 

This riverside village was incorporated in 1879 and the Hastings Historical Society preserves the artifacts and other historical memorabilia from the region. Take a walking tour with the family with the society’s “The Museum in the Streets” walk. Honor war veterans, first responders, and U.S. history this President’s Day.
    

Elijah Miller House
140 Virginia Road, White Plains 

The Elijah Miller house was used as George Washington's headquaters during the Revolutionary War's Battle of White Plains. It is now a museum that is open to the public.
    

Jacob Purdy House
60 Park Ave., White Plains 

Another one George Washington's headquarters during the Battle of White Plains, is now the location of the White Plains Historical Society.

 

Rockland County

The DeWint House
20 Livingston Ave., Tappan

Touted as the oldest surviving structure in Rockland County, this Colonial Dutch house was George Washington’s temporary headquarters on four separate occasions during the Revolutionary War. The house has been restored to look like it did when Washington utilized the space, and the Carriage House is used as a museum and visitor center with exhibits including documents and artifacts from Washington’s stays.

    

Dutchess County

Franklin D. Roosevelt Estate
4097 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park

Visit the home of the 32nd President, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Located in Hyde Park New York, the estate features the FDR Presidential Library and Museum. Admission is $18 and the ticket is good for two days. Children 15 and younger are free.

 

Orange County

Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site
84 Liberty St., Newburgh

The nation's first public historic site once served as George Washington's headquarters and is famously the place where Washington rejected the idea that he should be king. It is also where the Badge of Military Merit, which came to be known as the Purple Heart, was created. Tours are offered daily.
 

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