If you find yourself on Wall Street in New York City, make it a priority to stop at Federal Hall, a memorial to America’s early government. The original building was demolished in 1812 and the current one constructed in 1842 as a Customs House. The original structure served as the 18th century City Hall, and it was in this place that George Washington gave his inaugural oath as our nation’s first president. It was here that the Continental Congress met after the American Revolution, that the First Congress met, and that the Bill of Rights was written.
If You Go
See the First Inaugural Bible at the George Washington Inaugural Gallery. However, it is sometime taken off-exhibit for ceremonies, so contact the park directly before your visit to ensure it is currently on display.