Merchant's House Museum
New York, NY 10003
- Sun-Mon, Thu-Sat 12pm-5pm
Village Voice's Description
Museum Hours: Thursday-Monday noon-5pm
The Merchant’s House Museum is New York City’s only family home preserved intact — inside and out — from the 19th century. Built in 1832 just steps from Washington Square, this elegant red-brick and white-marble row house on East Fourth Street was home to a prosperous merchant family and their Irish servants for almost 100 years. Complete with the family’s original furnishings and personal possessions, the house offers a rare and intimate glimpse of domestic life in New York City from 1835-1865.
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This 1832 red-brick row house was home to the Treadwell family for nearly a century. Touring it in 1989, Richard Brookhiser was “struck by the incongruities—austerity side-by-side with lavishness.”
A real glimpse of domestic life in the mid-19th century! Check their website for exhibits, ghost tours and stories and the funeral reenactment of the owner Seabury Tredwell.
HauntedNYC: Manhattan's most haunted house. People have seen a woman while working in the cellar, ghostly men in brown suits, and have seen, smelled, heard or been touched by things that aren't there.
Gertrude Tredwell lived her whole life here until her death at the age of 93, and her work to keep it and its furnishings preserved are the reason it offers such a perfect look at 19th century NYC.
The fourth floor served as the home and work space for four Irish maids and still contains its original furnishings, including clothesline hooks over the doors, the call bell and a coal stove.
Reviews and News
Get spooked in a creaky old New York landmark at Ghost Stories of the Merchant’s House Museum. Wed., Oct. 31, 7 & 8:30 p.m., 2012
Retro decorations and vintage Christmas trees from the 1950s will cover the 1850s Merchant House while 50's Christmas songs play... More on Merchant's House Museum »
Best Of Awards
Unless you've got loads of cash, posh friends, or a real estate license, you... More on Best Public, Preserved 19th-Century Home »
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