Located in Washington Heights, Morris-Jumel Mansion is the oldest house in Manhattan. Built in 1765 for a British Colonel, the house was the headquarters and war office of George Washington. As well as serving as a museum, the well-preserved Palladian mansion is a national and NYC landmark.
Take a self-guided tour of the historic house, during which you’ll explore nine rooms complete with period furnishings and careful reproductions of period carpets and wallpaper. Highlights include George Washington’s office, Eliza Jumel’s bedchamber, a dining room full of 18th-century crystal and glassware, and personal artefacts from Roger Morris, George Washington, and Aaron Burr. Tours of Harlem and Upper Manhattan, as well as gospel and history-focused tours, typically pass by or include a stop at the Morris-Jumel Mansion.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Morris-Jumel Mansion is ideal for history and architecture buffs.
- Paid docent-led tours are available on weekends and select Fridays.
- There’s an archive, reference library, and gift shop on-site.
- The mansion is not wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
Morris-Jumel Mansion is located on Jumel Terrace in Washington Heights. Take the C train to 163rd Street and walk two blocks east, or the 1 train to 157th Street and walk for 10 minutes. A number of buses also stop nearby, including the M2, M3, M18, and M101. Street parking is available in the area.
When to Get There
The mansion is open from Tuesday through Sunday, with slightly extended hours on the weekend. Holiday closures include New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. The mansion often hosts different programs and activities, including ghost tours on certain evenings. Check the website for the latest schedule.
Morris-Jumel Mansion is a part of the Jumel Terrace Historic District. Highlights of the area include row houses in wood, brick, limestone, and brownstone that were built in the late 19th century. Washington Heights area is also home to a number of attractions, such as Fort Tryon Park, the Met Cloisters Museum, the Hispanic Society of America, the Academy of Arts and Letters, the United Palace Theatre, and the Audubon Ballroom.