Eliza Jumel's home appeared on the front page of the travel section of the New York Times this Sunday. But her mansion has long been a New York City tourist attraction. In 1924 it appeared on an advertising poster for the Interborough Rapid Transit Company—of course, with the notation that it could be "conveniently reached" by the "West Side Subway" (today's 1 line) and the (long-vanished) 6th and 9th Avenue elevated trains. The selling points were much the same as they are today: the mansion's status as Washington's headquarters in 1776 and the dinner attended at the house in 1790 by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and John Adams. You can admire the poster, owned by Princeton University, here.


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