Buck Island Reef National Monument

Buck Island Reef National Monument

Alexander Hamilton Home in USVI Will Be Preserved

April 24, 2008, 1:20 pm

The Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national nonprofit land conservation organization, said today that it will acquire for preservation the boyhood home of Alexander Hamilton on the island of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands.

Known as Estate Grange, the 115-acre property was owned by Hamilton's aunt and uncle, James and Ann Lytton. The home was built in 1753, and Hamilton lived there with his mother Rachel and brother James from about age 10 to about age 17. While he was at the home, he began writing for the local newspaper, developing skills he later used as author of the Federalist Papers. He was also one of America's founders and was the first Secretary of the Treasury.

"This will give us the opportunity to tell the story of yet another chapter of colonial Christiansted, which is closely associated with the Christiansted Historic Site. It adds tremendous appeal when you have a founding father as a central figure for the story," said Joel Tutein, superintendent of Christiansted National Historic Site and Buck Island Reef National Monument. "We hope to do wonderful things once this goes through."