About Patriot Tours
Here Since 2005
Leading our customers through the most historic parts of the city, along streets laid in the 1700’s and into national historic landmarks, we are a daily presence in Lower Manhattan. We know the story of every nook and cranny of the Southern tip of the Island and we can’t wait to share it with you.
To prepare for our tours we comb through hundreds of archival documents. Newspapers, broadsides, pamphlets, personal papers and prints all go into our storytelling of the city’s past. We visit research libraries and historic sites throughout the region to flesh out our understanding of events and people. We virtually live in the time period, recreating it in a way that allows us to answer all of your questions, no matter how obscure.
Your Tour Experience
We keep our group sizes small to give you personal attention. Each tour is a unique experience as we tailor it to meet the needs of your group. As the tour moves along we pay attention to your questions and what you seem most interested in so that we change the narrative accordingly. No two tours are exactly the same! Plus, if you have an ancestor or specific person or event you’d like to know about, let us know before the tour and we’ll be sure to include it for you.
Karen Q has spent nearly fifteen years immersed in NYC’s early history. What began as a hobby, reading original documents, became a passion when she learned the stories of people long forgotten who did amazing things to create the city and nation we have today. In 2005 she began the Revolutionary Era walking tour to honor those great NYers. At the request of enthusiastic customers she added the Civil War Tour and soon, the Alexander Hamilton Tour.
Karen Q has spoken at meetings of the NYC Chapter of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) and is a regular speaker for the Queens Public Library. She is also an historical consultant to Fordham University Radio WFUV and AM New York (newspaper).
Karen Q is also a regular contributor to The Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum and can be seen on these episodes: “Kidnapped Filmmaker, Pinky’s Freedom Ring and the Checkered Game of Life”, “Blowing Up the House, the Beast of Bray Road and the Invention of Penicillin”, “Chain of Fools, Rocket Boys and the Cowboys That Saved Britain”, “Mutually Assured Missteps, First Train Robbery and Declaration Discovered” and “Judy the POW Dog, Presidential Suite and Sticky Business”, “Zip-Lining to Freedom, Maid Turned Spy and Jimmy Carter’s UFO”, “Fake Breaking News, Rescue Napoleon and Ernest Bravery” “Pony Express, Churchill’s Misadventure and First Ambulance Corps”
See Karen on NBC News