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Downtown Walking Tour

The New York Freedom Trail

Begins at Castle Clinton & ends at St. Paul's Chapel. Stops include the sites of Fort George, the tavern of spy Samuel Fraunces & more.

Unlike Boston and Philadelphia, New York's Revolutionary War history is often hidden from view. Hear about the people and visit the places that shaped the city and fueled a legacy of resilience that saw it through the darkest of days of 1776 and more recently 2001. From a seven-year British occupation to short-lived glory as the republic's first capital; from the disastrous fire that razed a quarter of its structures to a reemergence as a global metropolis.

This one-hour audio walking tour with period music and sound effects, written and narrated by Sam Roberts, Urban Affairs Correspondent, The New York Times, also features commentary from Mike Wallace, author of Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898.

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PARTNERSHIP FOR THE NEW YORK FREEDOM TRAIL: This tour was created by the Harbor Conservancy and the National Park Service in collaboration with The New York Times Community Affairs Department. The Tiffany & Co. Foundation is among the founding supporters of the Harbor Conservancy. Their generous grant was matched, in part, by federal funds to produce this tour. Additional funding was provided by American Express.

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