Federal Hall is a historic building at 26 Wall Street in the Financial District of Manhattan in New York City. The name originally referred to a Federal style building on the same site, completed in 1703 as City Hall. The current Greek Revival–style building, completed in 1842 as the Custom House, is operated by the National Park Service as a national memorial called the Federal Hall National Memorial.
The original building served as New York's first City Hall and hosted the Stamp Act Congress before the American Revolution. After the United States became an independent nation, the building served as meeting place for the Congress of the Confederation, the nation's first central government under the Articles of Confederation, from 1785 to 1789. With the establishment of the United States federal government in 1789, it was renamed Federal Hall, as it hosted the 1st Congress and was the place where George Washington was sworn in as the nation’s first president. It was demolished in 1812.
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Jeremy Kramer | Apr 19, 2018
Visited while on a walking tour of Wall Street. Such a cool place. Disappointed to learn that it is a different building than the original in front of which Washington took the oath, but still a very cool place. Absolutely consider visiting while on a guided tour! You'll learn so much more, especially about the impacts of 9/11 on the structure.
Jason Rein | Mar 30, 2018
Very cool place with lots of history! My daughter did their junior ranger challenge that each national park offers and we enjoyed all the knowledge it has to offer. The park rangers are very helpful and enthusiastic about teaching people all the interesting facts about federal hall. Worth a visit if you're a fan of history, young or old!
Valerie Morgan | May 2, 2018
My daughters and I had a fabulous time. Got there a little late so we didn't have time to see everything, but that just means we have to go back! Definitely take advantage of the Jr. Ranger program if you are visiting with kiddos!
Luke Brennan | Apr 19, 2018
The day I went I couldn't understand why this place was so empty... It's so rich with history, it has amazing architecture, small interesting exhibits and it's free! I highly recommend stepping in off the busy streets of people taking photos of the New York Stock exchange to see this amazing building!
Christopher Pece | Feb 21, 2018
Although the original structure was torn down long ago the current building serves as a monument to the swearing in of George Washington and the original seat of the Federal government before it was moved to Philadelphia, and then Washington DC. Of particular interest is the original stone where Washington stood to take the oath is inside the building while his statue outside the building marks the spot. The rest of the facility describes the History of the building as the main customs house for NY. The Junior Ranger program here is pretty good and easy for kids to do on their own in a pretty fast amount of time compared to others.
Nichole Clayman | Jun 7, 2018
If you haven't stopped in here yet, you need to. This beautiful building contains a treasure of great history in the heart of Manhattan. The tour guides are impressive. And it's free!
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