The big name at Trinity Church today is Alexander Hamilton. He is one of many New Yorkers buried at the historic still-in-operation Episcopalian church in downtown Manhattan. Hamilton, one of our founding fathers, first Secretary of the Treasury, and current Broadway star is the main inspiration for our Hamilton Happy Hour Tour. In addition to seeing his grave and learning the story of his demise, we also see the final resting spot of his wife, eldest son, and possible mistress who are all buried at the church's graveyard. Less famous, but just as imposing is a statue of politician John Watts Jr. that looks out onto Broadway.
In 1705, Queen Anne of Great Britain granted 215 acres of land in Manhattan to help grow the Anglican church's presence in the city. Later on when New York was the capital of the U.S., President George Washington was a frequent parishoner at the church.
The current rector of Trinity Church is The Rev Dr. William Lupfer who works on the church's local and global ministries which focus on racial justice, mass incarceration, homelessness, and low income housing.
The current church is the third on this site. The first was destroyed in a fire during the Revolutionary Way. The second church had trouble with its support beams and so it was demolished and a new church was built by architect Richard Upjohn. Since 1846, the third and current building has stood here. It was the tallest building in New York (with a 281-foot high steeple) for 44 years until 1890. It is still considered one of the first and finest examples of Neo-Gothic architecture in the United States.
Even though the church has sold off much of the original land granted by Queen Anne, it still owns 14 acres across Manhattan and is one of the largest landowners in the city (and one of the wealtheist parishes in the world).
In addition to daily services, you can visit the church to explore the historic grounds, which includes some of the oldest stained glass windows in the U.S., take a tour, or attend some of the free concerts and neighborhood events the church hosts throughout the year.
Not only is this an iconic and very historic site in New York City that many tourists quickly glaze over, but it is an active parish that is working to better the community and our relationships around the world. Regardless of your beliefs, that's something we should all be able to get behind.
New York, New York 10006