Karen Q's Patriot Tours NYC

History like you never learned it in school! The true story of the Founding of America. Forget those See us on the Travel Channels' Mysteries at the Museum!

Since 2005, we've been leading our customers through the most historic parts of the city, along streets laid in the 1700’s and into national historic landmarks and are a daily presence in Lower Manhattan! We know the story of every nook and cranny of the Southern tip of the Island and we can’t wait to share it with you. Our Research
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Mrs. Q Live - More Great NY Ladies

Mrs. Q continues her talk about great NY Ladies of the 18th Century.

Including: Anna Zenger, Elizabeth Bergin, Sarah Jay


A new hairstyle for Mrs Q tonight! Join me at 7pm et right here.

Photos from Karen Q's Patriot Tours NYC's post 05/12/2022

During the French Revolution (1789-1799) Federalists and Democratic-Republicans found themselves on opposite sides. Democratic-Republicans supported the revolution while Federalists were concerned about the violent turn it took. Jefferson was a loud supporter of the Revolution while Hamilton was not.

Hamilton accused Jefferson of having a "womanish attachment to France and a womanish resentment against England."

Jefferson referred to Hamilton as one of "Samsons in the field and Solomons in the council, but who have had their heads shorn by the harlot England."

And so political parties began...


Thomas Paine's words published in "Common Sense" in 1776 are just as valuable and insightful today as they were then.

At a time of "Divine Right of Kings" Paine sets out to demolish the doctrine. He explains the necessity of putting aside differences in order to create a new nation based on the rule of law where we would be free to openly debate those differences. In that way, we would decide what is best for us. Otherwise, he warns, we will be at the mercy of corrupt, murderous aristocrats, whose only aim is to exploit us for their own wealth and power.

A few of my favorite quotes from the pamphlet:

On the state of being governed by a distant, corrupt body:
"Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state an intolerable one: for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by a government which we might expect in a country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer."

On the Lion symbol of Great Britain:
"One of the natural proofs of the folly of hereditary right in Kings, is that nature disapproves of it, otherwise she would not so frequently turn it into ridicule, by giving mankind an ASS FOR A LION!"

On divisiveness among the colonies:
"Now is the time for the continent to unite in faith and honor – we cannot survive the slightest fracture – we must come together as one people, one strength, one power.

This new world is a refuge for persecuted lovers of civil and religious liberty."

On the opportunity of 1776:
“We have it in our power to remake the world. A situation like ours has not existed since the time of Noah.

Independence is the only bond that keeps us together.

Let the names of Whig and Tory be extinct; and let none other be heard among us, than those of a good citizen; and open and resolute friend; and a virtuous supporter of the RIGHTS OF MANKIND and the FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES OF AMERICA.”

My photo of an original copy in the NY Historical Society collection.


1664 - Governor Peter Stuyvesant surrenders the colony of New Netherland to the British as part of a negotiation to prevent military action.

What the British gained in commercial value, they gained equally in political hardship. The people sought to oust every royally appointed governor either by accusations of corruption (often true) or even claiming one governor was a transvestite! One remarked that "never had a piece of land so small caused so much misery for the crown than the damned city of New-York!"



I don't usually recommend books here, but maybe I should! Last week on my Hamilton and Burr Tour I had two lovely ladies and one of them was reading this. It happens to be my personal favorite book about the two men.

Thomas Fleming was one of the greatest historians of our nation's past. This examination of Hamilton and Burr is just about the most unbiased you will find. He is honest about when he thinks they are brilliant and when they are fools. Fleming delves into the character virtues and flaws of both to give you a realistic view of who these men were. He reminds us that these were 18th Century men, shaped by the times in which they lived.

Highly recommended as an alternative to the books that have been spawned by the musical and are deeply biased toward a fantasy of a Hamilton and Burr who never existed.

Photos from Karen Q's Patriot Tours NYC's post 05/08/2022

Happy Mothers Day to some of my favorite Colonial NY Moms!

Mary Sprott Provoost Alexander - one of the wealthiest merchants in early 18th Century NYC! Mary came from a family of great merchants. The grandmother who raised her, Cornelia DePeyster, was a great merchant before her. When her first husband, Samuel Provoost died, he left his fortune and business to her in its entirety. Mary continued to run it profitably. By the time Mary married her second husband (first died), lawyer James Alexander, she was wealthy enough to finance his legal career.

Mary gave birth to ten children! Her son, Maj General William Alexander, (aka "Stirling") was key to Washington's escape from British forces during the Battle of Long Island, August 1776. Stirling, captured in the famous battle at the old stone house, allowed Washington to move on to Brookly Heights and retreat across the East River to NY.

Catherine "Kitty" Van Renssalaer Schuyler - Yes, A. Hamilton's mother-in-law! But Kitty was renowned decades before young Hamilton came on the scene. Besides giving birth to 15 children, she ran the extensive Schuyler estate flawlessly. Kitty managed the finances, the farm, and the home, and managed to provide primary education to all of her surviving children including lessons in French!

Mrs. Schuyler ordered the burning of the family wheat fields during the Revolutionary War to prevent British Troops from benefitting from them. When the farmhands refused to do it, she did it herself!

I often joke on my Hamilton and Burr Tour that if Hamilton feared either of his in-laws it was Mrs. Schuyler and not General Schuyler!

Sarah Livingston Jay - Wife of the diplomat, Chief Justice, and Governor of NY, John Jay.

Jay often lavished credit on his wife Sarah for his successful diplomatic career in Europe during and after the Revolutionary War. Mrs. Jay was intelligent, well educated, and skilled in society. It was her abilities, said Jay, that opened many doors for him that otherwise would have remained closed.

Mrs. Jay had six children, three born in Europe.

During the year that NYC served as the Federal Capital (1789-90), and her husband was Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Sarah Jay was known as the city's preeminent hostess. Both American members of government and foreign diplomats vied for invitations to her functions where discussions of the most important political and international affairs were held.

And, finally, and most importantly, all of the mothers of the American Revolution. They joyously welcomed their sons and husbands when they returned from war. And mourned those who did not.

Pictures: Mrs. Alexander, Mrs. Schuyler, Mrs. Jay, and Dan Troiani's "Veteran Returning Home".


Mrs. Q LIVE - Political Factions!

With the festivities of the 1789 Presidential Inauguration over, it seems we have returned to confrontational political factionalism!

Mrs. Q explains the different sides, who is who, and what they advocate for the nation.

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One of the big issues facing the new government in1789 was what to call the leaders of the Executive Branch? Debate raged in New York for weeks over what was most appropriate.

The Senate preferred: His Highness the President of the United States of America and Protector of the Rights of the Same

This was shot down by the House of Representatives as too close to an aristocratic title. Congressman Madison commented:

"I am not afraid of titles because I fear the danger of any power they could confer, but I am against them because they are not very reconcilable with the nature of our government, or the genius of the people; even if they were proper in themselves, they are not so at this juncture of time. But my strongest objection is founded in principle; instead of encreasing they diminish the true dignity and importance of a republic, and would in particular, on this occasion, diminish the true dignity of the first magistrate himself."

As a result, The House suggested the title be restricted to what was used in the Constitution: President of the United States

George Washington suggested: His Mightiness the President of the United States

Other suggestions: His Exalted Highness, His Elected Highness

When it was settled as "President of the United States", Washington noted, "Happily the matter is now done with, I hope never to be revived."

The President, George Washington, and the Vice President, John Adams, both by Gilbert Stuart


What's happening in this illustration? Late 18th Century France.


Mrs. Q those are some very loud pigs!


Apologies for the live stream difficulties yesterday! I will be releasing a complete video for everyone who bought a ticket this week. Thank you for your support and your patience.

To those who came in person, it was a great event and we hope you enjoyed it.


The "Other" Duel.

The most infamous duel in 1804 was, of course, Hamilton and Burr. Lesser known is the duel between the editor of Hamilton's NY Post, William Coleman, and NY Harbormaster, Captain Thompson. Thompson was killed in the duel, which took place in the area of today's West 26th Street.

The conflict began as an insult in the rival paper "American Citizen" by James Cheetham that Coleman had fathered a mulatto child.

Coleman challenged Cheetham, who accepted. But when news of the duel got out, Judge Brockholst Livingston arrested them and made them give their word as gentlemen they would not go through with it. Both agreed and were released.

Thompson then accused Coleman of leaking the duel in order to get out of it, so Coleman challenged Thompson. It was kept a secret and Thompson was killed.

Portrait is of William Coleman

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And there goes the beard! This is how dedicated we are to bringing you an authentic experience at tomorrow's Inauguration Day Tour. Please support our work by attending. In-person or live stream tickets are available at PatriotToursNyc.com ($40 in person, $25 live stream). The stream link will be active after the tour if you can't watch live AND if you come in person, you will get the link to share in the future.

Mrs. Q., Mrs. Van R., and Congressman Madison look forward to your company.

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18th Century Dentistry!

In 1789 the best dentist in the Capital City (New York) was John Greenfield at 56 William Street. He made artificial teeth out of different substances and performed transplants of live teeth! He advertised a separate room in his home for the practice of his dentistry.

That year, Greenfield made a set of teeth for President Washington, who it was said had only one tooth of his own. The set was made of sea-horse??? Other animals were used as well. But the best false teeth, it seems, were made from human teeth taken from dead bodies.

Be glad we are living in the 21st Century.


Join me tomorrow morning at 10:00am ET for my monthly NY History lecture for the Queens Public Library.

Tomorrow's subject? Hamilton and Burr.

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Mrs. Q LIVE - Wise Fools of Gotham
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Mrs. Q Live - Colonial Ladies
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