City and State: Jersey City, New Jersey
Listed: 1979, expanded 1982
Type of district: National Register Historic District, New Jersey State Historic District
Major Intersection: West Hamilton Place and Eighth Street
The Hamilton Park Historic District is in the former town of Van Vorst, now Jersey City. Hamilton Park developed around the central park, or square, after the Civil War. The park itself was landscaped in 1851 on land left to the town for that purpose by John B. Coles. It was named after Alexander Hamilton, who died after a duel with Aaron Burr in nearby Weehawken. The surrounding tree-lined streets are filled with Victorian brownstones.