Federal Hall

National Park Service
Written By National Park Service

Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of our national parks. National Parks in New York City? Yes! There are 11 parks with a total of 23 different sites you can visit in all five boroughs and parts of New Jersey.

Federal Hall was built in 1700 as New York's City Hall and later served as the first capitol building of the United States. The hall housed many great events in history, such as George Washington’s inauguration as president, the first Congress, and the approval of the United States Bill of Rights.

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Thousands of visitors and locals alike pass Manhattan’s Federal Hall every day without knowing exactly what’s inside. Located in the Financial District, this building is one of Manhattan’s best-kept secrets. The building is now operated by the National Park Service and serves as a commemorative memorial to the events that took place. Step inside this historic site to see and learn about the objects and events that shaped American History.

Federal Hall has been a site for American democracy for more than 300 years. Before you enter, note the famous George Washington Statue in front of the building, roughly located in the same spot where he was sworn in. It's a popular place for visitors to take a photo standing near the iconic first president.

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