Morris-Jumel Mansion

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Morris-Jumel Mansion, some say, is haunted by the ghost of Eliza Jumel, by a grandfather clock that talks, and by a Hessian soldier that comes out of a painting a la the Harry Potter books. The mansion was built in 1765 by Roger Morris, a British Army colonel, and was used as a military headquarters for both sides of the American Revolution. In fact, it was to here that George Washington retreated after the Battle of Brooklyn in 1776. In 1810, Stephen Jumel and his wife Eliza moved here, but Eliza was remarried in 1832 to Alexander Hamilton assassin and former VP Aaron Burr after her former husband perished by mysterious circumstances. It is her ghost that was allegedly seen in the 1960s by a touring group of schoolchildren. So the story goes, the children were behaving a little too boisterously for the solemn surroundings; the ghost told them to quiet down and then simply floated away.

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65 Jumel Terrace
New York, NY 10032
United States

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40.8344715, -73.93851569999998
New York County, New York
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  1. I have a friend who’s worked for the city’s park’s dept as a historical guide for many years. he said he has never seen anything here and while the house seems very sad and the people on site shamelessly plug the ghost stories claiming all sorts of possible ghosts he knows of no one whose actually seen or experienced anything themselves.

  2. Our elementary school visited the Jumel Mansion back in the early 1960s. I remember seeing a women in old-fashioned clothing from a second-storey windowbalustrade looking at us.

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