If you were hoping to visit Hamilton Grange–founding father Alexander Hamilton's historic country home–on his birthday this Friday, you may want to rethink your plans: the memorial is run by the National Park Service and has been closed during the current government shutdown, the second-longest in modern political history.
A sign in front of the house, located at 414 W 141st Street in Hamilton Heights, reads: "AREA CLOSED. Because of a lapse in federal appropriations, this national park facility is closed for the safety of visitors and park resources."
Built by Hamilton in 1802, the charming two-story country estate welcomes visitors to learn more about the life of this famous founding father through exhibits as well as tours of the ground floor complete with a restored parlor, dining room and study.
The Grange is normally free and open Wednesdays through Sundays, but due to the timing of the shutdown the house will probably remain closed on Hamilton's birthday, this Friday, January 11. Be sure to check the National Park Service's website for any updates in the meantime.