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Obscura Day 2015: The Morris-Jumel Mansion

If These Walls Could Talk: A tour of the oldest residence in Manhattan

The Morris-Jumel Mansion was built in 1765 by a British military officer, Roger Morris. In fear for their lives as British loyalists at the beginning of the Revolutionary War they fled to Yonkers, leaving the home to then-General George Washington to use as a temporary headquarters.

Soon, the home was confiscated and sold to a French merchant and his mistress. Years later, the home would be the address for former vice-president Aaron Burr. Throughout the years, the home would be turned into a farmhouse, a tavern and finally a museum.

This is just some of the history that lies within the walls of the Morris-Jumel Mansion. The gardens and mansion have been restored and today the house is a museum dedicated to preserving the memories of the oldest residence in Manhattan. Join us for a tour of the museum and gardens and discover what 250 years of history feels like.


Saturday, May 30th; 2pm-3:30pm
Tickets: $25
65 Jumel Terrace; New York, NY 10032