Visit Eliza Jumel's home and read about its mysteries in a special online series, Secrets of the Morris-Jumel Mansion.
Visit Eliza's home, the Morris-Jumel Mansion
"On this historical spot lives a venerable woman, whose history has been as varied as the changes in her country's progress have been rapid."
Albany Express, 1855
After reading The Remarkable Rise of Eliza Jumel, visit Eliza's home, now a museum in New York City. Built in 1765 by Roger Morris, a British army officer, and his American wife, Mary Philipse Morris, the house served as George Washington's headquarters during the battle for New York in 1776. In 1810 it was purchased by Eliza and Stephen Jumel; many of the furnishings the couple acquired for the house decorate its rooms today. Notably, almost all of the furniture in the front parlor belonged to the Jumels, and upstairs you can see the bed in which Eliza breathed her last.
Admission to the Morris-Jumel Mansion is $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and free for members and children under 12. The mansion is located at 65 Jumel Terrace, between W. 160th & 162nd Sts., east of St. Nicholas Ave. (C train to 163rd St.). Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 AM to 4 PM (Saturdays and Sundays until 5 PM), it is closed on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Check for updated information by calling the mansion at 212-923-8000 or visit the Morris-Jumel website.
Secrets of the Morris-Jumel Mansion
Before and after your visit, don't miss learning about new discoveries about Eliza's house in the Secrets of the Morris-Jumel Mansion series. Part 1 solves an architectural mystery involving the windows of Mme. Jumel's home. Part 2 explores what the hallway of the mansion looked like in her later years. Part 3 highlights Eliza Jumel's furniture: who made it and and when did she buy it? Part 4 investigates the morning glory wallpaper that hung in her octagonal parlor. Part 5 examines an eighteenth-century wallpaper that may have been hung by Roger and Mary Morris, the first owners of the Morris-Jumel Mansion. Part 6 offers a mockup of the wallpaper that hung in the mansion's dining room in the late eighteenth century. Part 7 illustrates some of the fashions and furbelows that Mary Morris purchased on shopping expeditions in the 1760s and 1770s. Part 8 explores the Morris-Jumel Mansion's years as an inn in the mid-1780s.
Visit Eliza's grave
Madame Eliza B. Jumel's grave at Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum is just fifteen minutes' walk from her earthly home. If you are visiting the Morris-Jumel Mansion, don't miss the opportunity to see this historic burial ground and, especially, Madame Jumel's crypt. A woman of foresight, she purchased her plot in 1859, six years before her July 16, 1865, death.
Today Eliza shares her tomb with six other occupants—or strictly speaking, seven minus one, which is not quite the same thing. Would you like to know who they were? Click here for the roll call. And if you want to learn about some of the cemetery's other historic graves, check out this virtual walking tour written by local historian Matthew Spady and consult this walking guide and map on the cemetery's website.