Revolutionary War Walking Tour
Historic New York City
New York – In 1776 all eyes were on “The Island at the Center of the World”!
Take a walk from the Stamp Act of 1765 through President Washington’s Inauguration in 1789. You’ll experience the spellbinding story of the unbelievable events leading up to the American Revolution. You’ll walk on the same colonial streets where it all happened.
- Hear about the feuding families and political intrigues that pit neighbor against neighbor, patriot against loyalist.
- Listen to stories about real people like John Holt the “Liberty Printer”, Alexander McDougall, leader of the Sons of Liberty, The Wicked Triumverate and the Odious Six
- Learn about NYC’s beginnings and its strategic role in the American Revolution.
- Take a walk through St. Paul’s Chapel, the town’s “Country Church” built in 1766 and still intact today. We’ll also visit some of the graves in the graveyard.
- Stand where George Washington’s army escaped the Battle of Long Island
Sons of Liberty, Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, The Culper Spy Ring and the Battle of New York are just some of what you’ll hear about while standing right where the events happened.
Meets at City Hall and takes 2 1/2 hours. You will receive detailed meeting instructions when you buy tickets.
Mrs. Q’s New York
Mrs. Q’s New York
Our Popular Revolutionary War Tour with a new twist!
Join Mrs. Q, a successful New York merchant (yes, ladies had businesses then!) for a tour of the city during the Revolutionary War. Mrs. Q will tell you her personal story of living through the tumultuous times that were the founding of the United States of America.
Just like our Revolutionary War Tour, you’ll learn about all of the important events of the time, but from a respected, New York Lady’s point of view. Mrs. Q will share with you:
- What it was like to live in NYC during that time
- The events of the Revolutionary War in 1776
- What Hamilton and Burr were REALLY like. (Mrs. Q knows both gentlemen and their wives.)
- The important role ladies played in the fight for freedom and prosperity
Mrs. Q will share her personal story of growing up in NY, meeting and marrying Mr. Q, and becoming a successful “she-merchant”. Mrs. Q knows everyone! She’ll tell you about leaders of the Sons of Liberty, printers, lawyers, ship captains, farmers, merchants, and spies who were vital in the fight for American freedom. And she will happily answer your questions!
Meets at Fraunces Tavern and takes 2 1/2 hours. You will receive detailed meeting instructions when you buy tickets.
Hamilton Walking Tour
Hamilton, Burr and the Duel that Changed a Nation
Forget everything you think you know about Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr! Take a stroll through the lives of these two incredible men. We’ll tell you the story NO ONE else can. Who were these men really? You will be stunned at how different the reality is from what we believe today.
- You’ll hear their personal stories in their own words and the words of those who knew them.
- Visit the site of King’s College, The Room Where it Happened, Washington’s Inauguration, The Bank of NY, Trinity Church, St. Paul’s Chapel, and the graves of Hamilton and Eliza!
- Listen to a hilarious ballad written about Burr and his secret lover
- Learn about how one of the bitterest elections in American History led two exceptional, successful men to the famous duel. Who really shot first?
We’ll visit sites important in the lives of both men: their homes, offices, churches, banks and favorite meeting places. And we’ll “remember the ladies” with a tour stop dedicated to the capable, inspiring women in their lives.
Plus, eye-witness accounts of the duel.
At the end of the tour, you can decide what’s truth and what’s myth.
Meets at City Hall and takes 2 1/2 Hours. You will receive detailed meeting instructions when you buy tickets.
Click on “Book Now” to see the tour calendar. – Tours Start May 1
If tours are not available on the day you would like, please call 917-716-4908 or email us. We will do our best to accommodate you!
Your guide will be Karen Quinones, historian, author, and cast member of Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum! Karen has been conducting tours of lower Manhattan since 2005 and knows every nook and cranny of the area. She is also a historical reenactor and participates, as Mrs. Q, in NYC area Revolutionary War reenactments. Karen is the author of “Theodosia Burr: Teen Eyewitness to the Founding of the New Nation”, a critically acclaimed Young Adult biography of Aaron Burr’s daughter and available on Amazon, Join Karen for an unforgettable historic experience!
NEW!!! Karen Q Virtual Experiences
Join Karen Q on the anniversary of General Washington’s Farewell Address, December 4, 1783 for a virtual tour of Fraunces Tavern and the surrounding historic district!
PLUS, you can see Karen’s virtual tour of Washington’s return to NYC at the end of the Revolutionary War on our Youtube Channel. Learn American history from someone who loves it.
Mrs Q Live
You can see Karen Q’s living history character, Mrs. Q, every Friday at 7 pm ET LIVE! Mrs. Q teaches you all about the American Revolution – a different topic each week. Guests are encouraged to interact as if you are visiting in her home.
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The Battle of Golden Hill, January 1770
Mrs Q teamed up with Ariel Viera of Urbanist: Exploring Cities for a walk through 1770s New York City and the events of the Battle of Golden Hill.
You can see more like this on our Video page.
There is even more to see on our Youtube Channel about the American Revolution in NY.
See samples of our Walking Tours on our Video page.
Our Tours Are Different!
Our tours are different from anything else in NYC! We don’t spend a couple of days looking up sites on the internet and writing a script. Instead, we carefully research every time period we cover. We use period documents like newspapers, pamphlets, personal correspondence and broadsides. Then, we pick events that you will find most interesting and that you can relate to. Plus, all of our tours are designed to tell a complete story from start to finish and conducted personally by the researcher.
All tours are limited to 15 customers on weekdays and 20 on weekends. We want to engage with you and create a total historic experience. Plus, we use original period documents on all of our tours to help illustrate the story.
Watch the video below to see how Karen Q builds our unique and amazing tours and what makes them different from all of the others. Then, check out our excellent reviews and book your tour!
Theodosia Burr: Teen Eyewitness to the Founding of the New Nation – by Karen Cherro Quinones
Available NOW! The story of Theodosia Burr, daughter of VP Aaron Burr!
Critically Acclaimed Young Adult biography of Aaron Burr’s daughter, Theodosia Burr, and her life in 1790s New York City. Written for teens but a great addition to any family library. What was it like to live in NYC during the nation’s founding? This is the story of a gifted, talented, young woman and her inspiring achievements.
“The writing is crisp, clear, and engaging. Full-color illustrations add visual appeal. …Burr’s prominence as an educated, modern woman made her a role model for her time. Interesting and accessible way to learn about early U.S. history through a remarkable young woman’s life.” – Kirkus Reviews
“The detailed source notes, bibliography, and further reading make for a well-researched and interesting look at a little-known person and the times in which she lived.” — J. B. Petty, Booklist
Learn all about Theodosia on our Hamilton and Burr walking tour.