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The Women of the House: Exploring the Lives of Morris-Jumel Mansion’s Famous Ladies

October 16, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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One event on October 17, 2021 at 1:00 pm

This year, MJM is offering a special women’s history-themed tour during Open House New York weekend (October 16 and 17) called “The Women of the House: Exploring the Lives of Morris-Jumel Mansion’s Famous Ladies.” Led by docents Karen Compton and Alan Cohen, this free outdoor tour is offered at 1 PM and is available by registering at the Open House New York website.

“The Women of the House” Tour Description:

Built in 1765, Morris-Jumel Mansion is the oldest surviving house in Manhattan. During its 256 year history, the house has witnessed the Revolutionary War and the transformation of the countryside into the dynamic urban neighborhoods of Washington Heights and Sugar Hill and was saved from development by a group of committed women led by Lillie Earle. Join Morris-Jumel’s engaging docents outdoors to explore the lives of its famous female residents and the roles they played in making their marks on the modern city. Learn about fascinating women like Mary Philipse Morris, heiress and one time “It Girl” of the 18th Century; Eliza Bowen Jumel, a self-made business woman and one of the city’s first art collectors; Kady Brownell, Civil War veteran and first caretaker of the museum, and Anne Northup, wife of Solomon Northup, author of 12 Years a Slave, who worked at the Mansion while trying to repatriate her husband from bondage. Become inspired by the resiliency of these women and the city they called home.

The “Women of the House” tour is free with registration at Open House NY’s website.



October 16
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Morris-Jumel Mansion
New York, NY United States