Atlas Obscura Uncovers the Morris-Jumel Mansion, Manhattan's Oldest Home

The Morris-Jumel Mansion in Washington Heights is not only Manhattan's oldest home, but is also considered to be one of the most haunted locations in the City.

It was originally built in 1765 as the home of British officer Roger Morris. When Morris fled the Revolutionary War for his home in England the house was confiscated along with other loyalist properties by the Commissioners of Forfeiture. Following his defeat at the battle of Brooklyn in 1776, George Washington took refuge at this, the highest point in Manhattan, setting up his headquarters here.

The full story of the mansion and it's historical inhabitants is an interesting tale of sickness, murder and presidential shenanigans.

Maybe it is haunted, maybe not, but the mansion was purchased by the City of New York in 1904 and added to Register of Historic Places, so today you can visit the landmarked museum and see for yourself.

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

Editor in Chief

Matt enjoys exploring the City's with his partner and son. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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