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 protests of 1765 through President Washington’s Farewell at the end of the War for Independence in 1783.
You’ll experience the spellbinding story of the American Revolution while walking on the very streets where it happened. Original documents and prints will help us visualize those events.
- The Liberty Pole — site of violent protests
- The Commons – Declaration Read 1776
- St. Paul’s Chapel and Graveyard 1766
- Wall Street
- Fraunces Tavern – Washington’s Farewell
- plus more…
You’ll hear the stories of Sons of Liberty, soldiers, printers, and spies and the risks they took to fight against the oppression of the British Empire. And you’ll see real propaganda used by both sides. Was anyone objective?
We’ll stand where the Continental Army landed during their dangerous escape from the British in Brooklyn in the middle of the night. Imagine what it must have been like!
Tour Preview: Liberty Pole
Hamilton Walking Tour
Hamilton and Burr!
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.
- the site of King’s College
- The Room Where it Happened
- Hercules Mulligan’s
- Washington’s Inauguration
- The Bank of NY, Trinity Church
- St. Paul’s Chapel
- the graves of Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton and their son, Philip
You’ll hear a hilarious ballad written about Burr and his secret lover! And we’ll “remember the ladies” with a tour stop dedicated to the capable, inspiring women in their lives.
How did two intelligent, educated, successful, ambitious men end up pointing pistols at each other at a dueling ground in New Jersey? AND who really shot first?
Trinity Graveyard Preview:
Culper Spy Ring Tour
Revolutionary War Spies
The first modern spy ring operated right here in NYC during the American Revolution: The Culper Spy Ring!
Walk through the British-occupied city. We’ll follow the story of spymasters Col Benjamin Tallmadge and Maj John Andre as they battle to outwit each other. Who would survive the deadly game of Revolutionary War espionage? And who would not?
- Learn the true story of early spy Nathan Hale, how he was captured, and by whom (it’s not what you think!)
- Visit St. Paul’s Chapel built 1766
- Travel through colonial streets where we’ll find James Rivington’s print shop and coffeehouse, the tailor shop of Hercules Mulligan, the store run by Culper Jr., Robert Townsend, and more
- Hear the traitorous story of Benedict Arnold and how the spy ring warned General Washington about him
- And what about 355? Who was she?
- Plus, you’ll see pages from the original code book used by Benjamin Tallmadge
(Starting March 30, 2023)
Your Tour Guide
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 available directly from Karen or on Amazon.
Join Karen for an unforgettable historical experience without modern revisionism!
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Evacuation Day 1783!
Mrs. Q joins Alexander Hamilton for a walk through NYC the day the British left at the end of the Revolutionary War. Who might we run into along the way?
There is even more to see on our Youtube Channel about the American Revolution in NY.
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NEW!!! Karen Q Virtual Experiences
Join Karen Q on a tour of Fraunces Tavern Museum. Built in 1719, it is the oldest building in Lower Manhattan. In this video we look at the George Washington Portrait Gallery, the Clinton Room, and the Long Room where General Washington gave his farewell address at the end of the Revolutionary War.
You can see more of Karen’s virtual tours on our Youtube Channel. Learn New York City’s history from someone who loves it!
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
The story of Theodosia Burr, daughter of VP Aaron Burr!
Author signed copies available – $35 plus free shipping – contact Karen for more info.
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.
Take a Private Tour
Give yourself or a history lover you know a private tour with Karen Q! She’ll answer all of your questions and tailor the story to your interests. An unforgettable experience.