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HAMILTON's Popularity Increases Tourism At The Founding Father's Gravesite

"I used to say, 'You might recognize him from the ten-dollar bill,'" says Trinity Church archivist and tour guide Anne Petrimoulx. "Now I say, 'You might know him from the musical.'"

Alexander Hamilton has been buried inside the church's gated courtyard on Broadway in Lower Manhattan since shortly after coming out on the short end of his 1804 duel with Aaron Burr. Long regarded as one of the quintessential New Yorkers, the gravesite bearing his name has always been the main attraction among the weatherworn headstones, some dating from the 1680s. But the success of Lin-Manuel Miranda's smash hit musical has elevated that patch of ground to Broadway star status.

The New York Times reports that he may never have had the volume of visitors he's had in the last six months.

Petrimoulx has seen a great increase in the number of young people at her tours, curious not only about Alexander Hamilton but also about other characters from the show who are buried at Trinity Church.

"I got a question about Hercules Mulligan a few months ago," she said. "No one had ever asked about Hercules Mulligan before."

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The cast of Hamilton is comprised of Lin-Manuel Miranda (Alexander Hamilton), Daveed Diggs(Marquis De Lafayette,Thomas Jefferson), Renée Elise Goldsberry (Angelica Schuyler),Christopher Jackson (George Washington), Jonathan Groff (King George), Jasmine Cephas Jones (Peggy Schuyler, Maria Reynolds), Javier Muñoz (Hamilton alternate), Okieriete Onaodowan (Hercules Mulligan, James Madison), Leslie Odom, Jr. (Aaron Burr), Anthony Ramos (John Laurens, Philip Hamilton) and Phillipa Soo (Eliza Hamilton).

From bastard orphan to Washington's right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington,Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelongHamiltonfriend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America's fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we've become. Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail directs this new musical about taking your shot, speaking your mind, and turning the world upside down.

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