The First Capital of the USAThis site is where George Washington took the oath of office as the country’s first President on April 30, 1789. It was also the location of America’s first Congress and Supreme Court. The capital moved to Philadelphia in 1790 and the building was demolished in 1812. The current structure, built as a US Customs House, now features a museum with a collection of Washington's inaugural memorabilia and other artifacts and exhibits that tell the story of America’s beginnings.
Things to SeeHighlights of the site include the Bible George Washington used to take his oath of office as the first American President, the stone floor of the original Federal Hall’s balcony where Washington stood for his swearing-in ceremony and the actual railing he stood behind to take his presidential oath.
Visiting Federal Hall
Location: 26 Wall Street (between Broad and Nassau Streets in Manhattan’s Financial District) New York, NY, 10005
Click here to visit Federal Hall official website.
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