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Morris-Jumel Mansion

Address: 65 Jumel Terrace, Washington Heights, New York City, NY 10032 (Manhattan)
Phone Number: 212 923 8008
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Ranked #237 of 633 Attractions in New York City
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Manhattan's oldest house, somewhat of an aberration in the modern neighborhood of Washington...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Wed - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: Manhattan's oldest house, somewhat of an aberration in the modern neighborhood of Washington Heights, served as a command post for George Washington.

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Perhaps I am a bit biased, being a Trustee of the Morris-Jumel Mansion ("MJM"), but I must say that in addition to being the oldest residential structure in Manhattan in a neighborhood rich with history and culture and, as Duke Ellington said, "The Jewel in the Crown of Sugar Hill", MJM is also a wonderful venue for private events. I... More 

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Hebron, lsrael
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105 attraction reviews
189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

The Morris-Jumel Mansion (1765) is the oldest surviving residential house in Manhattan. The setting is beautiful, located in a lovely garden with a good view. This was once the home of Aaron Burr, Thomas Jefferson's vice president, who killed Alexander Hamilton, his nemesis, in a duel in New Jersey in 1804. One of the big mistakes in his life was... More 

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Cat Island
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I went there for a tea tasting hosted by the renown tea makers Harney & Sons. I made reservations ahead of time and pre-paid for the tasting but it was very much worth it since I learned quite a bit about tea. The mansion was the perfect location for the tea with the history of its residents including Aaron Burr... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

This mansion is mainly interesting because of the people associated with it: Eliza Jumel, the Federal period's answer to Anna Nicole Smith; Aaron Burr, the Vice-President who killed Alexander Hamilton and married Eliza; and President Washington and his illustrious cabinet, who dined at the house. The information about the rooms is quite interesting but rather poorly written and edited. The... More 

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Kirkwood, Missouri
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19 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

We took the subway on a cold Saturday morning in March. Both my wife and I had this on our must list on things to see in NYC. I am so glad we opted to go on Saturday at noon. That is when a docent gives a guided tour. Our docent was great. She was able to describe what was... More 

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Washington DC
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15 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

A bit away from most NY tourist location but the views are beautiful from the small park by the house. There is also a street of older homes on the side (interiors not open to the public). The rooms inside the home are mostly well decorated but the explanation on the home and its history is lacking. Some of the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

I am not sure many tourists visit this mansion as it is certainly out of the way. If you make the effort, you will be rewarded with a very historic site. I made the visit (by subway) as part of a wider trip to the northern end of Manhattan Island (Grant’s Tomb, Riverside Chapel, The Cloisters). The Mansion is nestled... More 

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Hove, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

If you approach this from the west, you'll first see a charming lane of wooden row houses, all painted the same. At the end is this Palladian-style mansion, used by George Washington when based in the city. It's a small house, but equipped with some original furnishings, or otherwise replacement pieces. Most interestingly, Mrs Jumel later married the elderly Aaron... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

For lovers of history, this is an afternoon well spent! The Morris-Jumel mansion in the Bronx served as Headquarters for General George Washington in the fall of 1776. The mansion was located on the second highest point of Manhattan, thus giving excellent strategic position and views to the General. In 1790 George Washington returned here, as president, and dined with... More 

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New York City, New York
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6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

Once a country estate and summer home, this house still offers a chance to escape the busy lifestyle of Manhattan. It located on a rolling hill within a lovely historic district and really gets you imagining what the area looked and felt like in the past. I have to disagree with the reviewer below and say that it IS worth... More 

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