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Aaron Burr once owned this $5.5M West Village townhouse

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The 1800s townhouse sits on land once owned by the Revolutionary War figure

Update, 4/24/17: The townhouse at 17 Commerce Street has gotten a slight price cut: It's now asking $5.495 million, a reduction of close to $300,000 from its original asking price.

A little slice of American history has come onto the market; amid mania inspired by Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical Hamilton, a West Village site once owned by ruthless dueler Aaron Burr has hit the market for $5.75 million. The New York Post had the scoop on the listing, noting that the historic townhouse is now asking $1.28 million more than it sold for in 2013.

The townhouse at 17 Commerce Street dates to 1830—the original house on the site was torn down and rebuilt by stonecutter Abraham Bogert—six years before Burr’s death. Despite its association with the former Vice President, Burr never actually lived in the house. It’s believed instead that the home stands on land once owned by Burr for his country estate, Richmond Hill, which once stood around Downing and Bedford streets in the West Village.

The house on Commerce Street sports a sign dubbing it the "Alexander Burr House," but slightly erroneous plaques are common throughout New York City. On nearby Jane Street, a plaque marks the house where Alexander Hamilton died of wounds sustained during their infamous fight. But the plaque is misplaced; the site where Hamilton died—in the bedroom of William Bayard Jr.'s house—was actually somewhere across the street.

The townhouse at 17 Commerce Street is small but stately, with two to three bedrooms, and a small garden. The townhouse is dotted with pineapple motifs, a symbol of hospitality.