The New Hamilton House
The Nevis Historical and Conservation Society (NHCS) is proud to announce the restoration of an important piece of Nevisian and American history – the Hamilton House.
The Trott House, known for many years as ‘Hamilton House’ due to its location on land owned by Alexander Hamilton’ s mother, is a landmark building sited on the bend on Charlestown’s Main Street just past St. Paul’s Church. The NHCS purchased the building with the intent of creating the Nevis Heritage Center, incorporating the existing stone building commemorating Hamilton’s birthplace and this wooden residence, to more fully interpret Alexander Hamilton, as well as the many stories of Nevis.
The main floor of Hamilton House was found to be unsafe in 2017. But Richard Lupinacci, owner of the popular Hermitage Hotel who became the President of the NHCS in 2018, the house was able to be restored. Lupinacci and the Board’s collective passion coincided with a unanimous donor’s search for an adoptable heritage site and the society recommended the restoration of Hamilton House.
Restoration of the Hamilton House and the gardens remains a work in progress. Due to the hit Broadway show Hamilton many visitors continue to be drawn to the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton. In 2017, there were over 7,000 visitors admitted to the Alexander Hamilton Museum.
While many visitors spend a substantial amount of time reading Alexander Hamilton exhibits, some have expressed a desire to learn more about Hamilton’s birth and boyhood in Nevis. With this in mind, the NHCS is now seeking funding to mount an exhibit titled ‘Hamilton in Nevis.’ If funded, it will explore how Hamilton’s boyhood experiences in Nevis affected his views as an adult, especially related to slavery.
Visit the NHCS at www.nevisheritage.org