It's a museum now, but this site has quite a notable claim: George Washington was sworn in here as the first president of the United States, in 1789, when the building was the Federal Hall of the new nation. The museum within covers 400 years of New York City's history, with a focus on the life and times of what is now the city's Financial District. You can spot this building easily—it was modeled on the Parthenon, and a statue of George Washington is planted quite obtrusively
on the steps. Free guided tours are available from 10–3 on weekdays.
Jul 17, 2012
Often overlooked, Federal Hall is definitely worth a stop. It was the site of George Washington's innauguration and has the Bible Washington used to take the first presidential oath. Also, it's Free. Check out this article for more information: http://newyork.untappedcities.com/2012/05/08/partners-in-preservation-federal-hall/
Jan 25, 2009
An attraction that can easily be seen as a quick pop-in while in the Wall Street area. Has some small history-based exhibits, but the building itself is the most interesting thing here -- has a Greek columned front like the Parthenon and a domed center reminiscent of Rome's Pantheon. It's also free.