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Winter 2023 Break!

We are taking our annual Winter break until March 1. If you are planning to be here before then and would like a tour, please call or text 917-716-4908 or email us. We will do our best to accommodate you!

Revolutionary War Walking Tour

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 Farewell at the end of the War for Independence in 1783.

You’ll experience the spellbinding story of the events leading up to the American Revolution while walking on the very streets where it happened.

You’ll visit:

  • The Liberty Pole where violent clashes took place between the people of the town and British soldiers
  • The Commons where the Declaration of Independence was read in 1776
  • Site of Kings College, the oldest college in NY (now Columbia University)
  • St. Paul’s Chapel, the oldest building in Lower Manhattan, built in 1766 and still in use today
  • Wall Street, where the Dutch built the wall to defend New Amsterdam in 1660
  • Queen Street, where members of the Culper Spy Ring operated under the nose of the British Command
  • Fraunces Tavern, where General Washington gave his farewell address at the end of the war.

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.

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!

Plus, each stop is illustrated with original prints and documents from the time period.

Sons of Liberty, Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, Nathan Hale, 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.

We use a storytelling format from start to finish and use authentic documents to illustrate the events. 

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Hamilton Walking Tour

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.

This is the ONLY Hamilton tour that will give you the true story of Aaron Burr!  Get to know them through their own words, the views of the people around them, and the events of the times.

On Your Walking Tour You’ll

  • Learn about how two orphans rose to prominence at the start of our nation. You’ll hear their personal stories in their own words and the words of those who knew them.
  • Hear about the first fully educated woman in American History on a tour stop dedicated only to the women of the time. (And find out which of these men was an early advocate for women!)
  • Visit the site of Kings College and The Room Where it Happened, as well as some of the oldest remaining historic sites in New York City like St. Paul’s Chapel, Federal Hall and Trinity Church Graveyard.
  • Stand at the graves of Alexander Hamilton, his dedicated wife, Eliza Schuyler Hamilton and others we’ll talk about on the tour.
  • See original, uncensored documents from the time period including excerpts from the letters between Hamilton and Burr
  • Get to know these two extraordinary men as they really were and the events that lead to the infamous duel; the truth is much more fascinating than the stories we’ve grown up with.

At the end of the tour, you can decide what’s truth and what’s myth. And you might be VERY surprised what you learn!

We use a storytelling format from start to finish and use authentic documents to illustrate the events. 

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Karen Quinones

Karen Q Patriot Tours NYCYour guide will be Karen Quinones, historian, author, and cast member of Theodosia BurrTravel 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 directly from Karen. Join Karen for an unforgettable historic experience without modern revisionism!

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History Reenactments

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.

Karen Q Patriot Tours NYCCritically 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.

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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.

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