Merchant's House Museum

Merchant's House Museum Life at Home in Mid-19th Century New York City "The distinction of the Merchant's House -- and it is a powerful one -- is that it is the real thing.
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www.merchantshouse.org
Built in 1832, the Merchant's House Museum is New York City's only 19th century home preserved intact, with original family furnishings and personal belongings. A unique survivor of Old New York, the House offers a rare and intimate glimpse of how a prosperous merchant family and their four Irish servants lived from 1835 to 1865, when New York grew from seaport to thriving m

etropolis. One simply walks through the beautiful doorway into another time and place in New York." The New York Times

Next week! Friday, January 19, 6:30 p.m.Join us, virtually, in celebration of Edgar Allan Poe's 215th birthday, when the...
01/09/2024

Next week! Friday, January 19, 6:30 p.m.

Join us, virtually, in celebration of Edgar Allan Poe's 215th birthday, when the masterful John Kevin Jones (๐˜ˆ ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜Š๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜”๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต'๐˜ด ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ) takes on the 19th century master of horror, performing Annabelle Lee and The Raven, as Poe himself did at the literary salons of the period.

We'll also present a preview of ๐—ž๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—˜๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—˜๐—ฑ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—”๐—น๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐—ฒ: ๐— ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜'๐˜€ ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ, which will return to the Merchant's House later this year. A Q&A with Mr. Jones follows the performance.

It will be a bone-chilling evening of irrational revenge, obsession and premeditated murder, dismemberment, and the very, very dark. 60 minutes; FREE. Register at https://merchantshouse.org/calendar/reservations/ #!/Jan-19-6-30-p-m-Virtual-Poe-Poetry-Reading/p/614722648/category=1651948

โ€œTo set well a New Yearโ€™s table requires taste, patience, tact, and cash. It must contain ample provision for a hundred ...
12/31/2023

โ€œTo set well a New Yearโ€™s table requires taste, patience, tact, and cash. It must contain ample provision for a hundred men. It must be loaded down with all the luxuries of the season . . . and above all โ€” punch.

This mysterious beverage is a New York institution. To make it is a trade that few understand. Men go from house to house, on an engagement, to fill the punch bowl. Lemons, rum, cordials, honey, and mysterious mixtures, from mysterious bottles brought by the compounder, enter into this drink.

So delicious is it, that for a man to be drunk on New Yearโ€™s day from punch is not considered any disgrace.โ€

"Sunshine and Shadow in New York," Matthew Hale Smith, 1869

[Pictured: "A Good Bowl of Punch," by Walter Dendy Sadler, 1886.]

Even as Christmas gained in popularity in the mid-19th century, New Yearโ€™s Day continued to be an important celebration ...
12/28/2023

Even as Christmas gained in popularity in the mid-19th century, New Yearโ€™s Day continued to be an important celebration in New York. The gentlemen donned their top hats and went from house to house, stopping to drink a glass of punch and eat a few pickled oysters before going on to the next house. The ladies stayed at home to receive visitors and preside over the lavish buffet.

Pictured: โ€œWaiting for Calls on New-Yearโ€™s Day,โ€ by Winslow Homer, Harperโ€™s Bazar, January 2, 1859.

โ€œGod bless us, every one!โ€
12/25/2023

โ€œGod bless us, every one!โ€

God bless us, every one!
As we close our 2023 Holiday Season we are so grateful for the community of audience that gathered around to hear this evergreen tale afresh in the parlor of the Merchant's House Museum! Until we
Meet again may we honor Christmas in our hearts throughout the year! Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from all of us at the Merchant's House! It is because of individuals like you, who care so deeply about ...
12/25/2023

Merry Christmas from all of us at the Merchant's House!

It is because of individuals like you, who care so deeply about the Merchantโ€™s House, that the Museum continues to accomplish so much, fulfilling its mission to preserve our 1832 landmark building, conserve the original Tredwell Collection, and educate the public about life in mid-century New York City.

With our deepest thanks for your continued belief in the Merchantโ€™s House.

[Pictured: gingerbread Merchant's House, winner "for outstanding performance in the field of edible architecture" at the 1998 Holiday Gingerbread Building Contest, sponsored by the World Monuments Fund and the Municpial Art Society.]

It's almost time ... for Santa's arrival! In the 19th century, as today, people enjoyed giving gifts to celebrate the ho...
12/24/2023

It's almost time ... for Santa's arrival!

In the 19th century, as today, people enjoyed giving gifts to celebrate the holiday season. Santa Claus started out as St. Nicholas, the patron of New York City, in Washington Irvingโ€™s 1809 satirical "A History of New-York by Deidrich Knickerbocker." In 1823, โ€œSaint Nick,โ€ the jolly Dutchman who visited children and brought them presents in his flying wagon, was immortalized in Clement Clark Mooreโ€™s poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas." The classic poem is known today by the title adopted in 1851: "โ€™Twas the Night before Christmas."

By 1855, 15-year-old Gertrude may have been a bit old for Santa Claus, but we imagine the young Tredwell grandchildren (Adele, age 6; "Tred," age 4; Lizzie, age 3; and Effie and Lillie, both age 1) were eagerly awaiting his arrival.

The Merchant's House will be closed for tours on Sunday, December 24, and Sunday, December 31.Wishing you all a very hap...
12/22/2023

The Merchant's House will be closed for tours on Sunday, December 24, and Sunday, December 31.

Wishing you all a very happy holiday!

We don't know about you, but the last week has given us the "Christmas Blues." Luckily, we've got some virtual programs ...
12/19/2023

We don't know about you, but the last week has given us the "Christmas Blues." Luckily, we've got some virtual programs to get us back in the holiday spirit.

In ๐˜ž๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ, actor and MHM volunteer Dayle Vander Sande shares heartwarming 19th-century holiday literature, perfect for this most festive time of year. Celebrate the season with tales by Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Helen Keller, among others.

You're also invited to ๐˜Š๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜•๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ ๐˜ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜‹๐˜ข๐˜บ with the Tredwell family! In this immersive video experience, weโ€™ll join the Tredwells to continue the 19th century tradition of renewing, reviving, and reaffirming friendships that last the whole year through.

The videos above are available on our YouTube page, free of charge: www.youtube.com/merchantshousemuseum

Last (but not least), enjoy ๐˜ˆ ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜Š๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜”๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต'๐˜ด ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ. From the comfort of your home, you'll be transported back 150 years for this captivating one-hour performance filmed in our Greek Revival double parlor dressed for the joyous season with a table-top tree, boughs of holly, and flickering candles. ๐˜ˆ ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜Š๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜”๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต'๐˜ด ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ can be rented at https://www.summonersensemble.org/a-christmas-carol-holiday-rental.html

In light of this week's disastrous LPC decision, we've been thinking a lot about our plaster. The 1832 Merchantโ€™s House ...
12/14/2023

In light of this week's disastrous LPC decision, we've been thinking a lot about our plaster. The 1832 Merchantโ€™s House is distinguished as both an exterior and interior landmark. Its intact original ornamental plasterwork is considered the โ€œfinest survivingโ€ from the period. Nearly every area of the house boasts exquisite ornamental plasterwork; the walls and ceilings are all also made of plaster.

Plaster was ideal for walls and ceilings because it was strong, durable, and fire resistant. It also reduced sound between rooms. Walls and ceilings were generally 1 1โ„2โ€ thick and required three coats of plaster:

1๏ธโƒฃ First, the โ€œscratch coat,โ€ where wet plaster was gently pressed onto and between wood laths. The moist plaster slumped over the back of the laths, forming โ€œkeys,โ€ which held the heavy plaster in place. [See second image]

2๏ธโƒฃ Then, the โ€œbrown coat,โ€ was applied to build up the wall and ceiling thickness.

3๏ธโƒฃ The final coat was generally less than 1โ„4โ€ thick, and gave the walls and ceilings a smooth, white surface finish.

The sustained vibrations that the Merchant's House will experience if construction next door moves forward can, and most likely will, break the plaster โ€œkeysโ€ between the wood lath, which generally are only 1โ„4โ€ thick. Vibration can also loosen the nails that fasten the ceiling laths to the framing, causing catastrophic failure of the ceiling support system.

This morning, the Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to approve the development next door to the Merchant's House, ...
12/12/2023

This morning, the Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to approve the development next door to the Merchant's House, in spite of overwhelming and unanimous opposition from the community, preservation organizations, public officials and, of course, from the Merchantโ€™s House and our engineers and preservation architects.

At the meeting, when asked, the developer's engineers admitted that they have no data about what standards are appropriate when dealing with historic decorative plaster. Indeed, neither the developerโ€™s professionals nor the LPC's consultant was even aware of the type of plaster used at the Merchantโ€™s House.

Further, none of the participants today was aware of the of the plaster study that confirmed irreparable damage will take place. Nonetheless, unbelievably, the LPC still decided that the excavation and construction work next door โ€“ just inches away from the Merchantโ€™s House โ€“ would not damage our plaster.

The LPC mandated that certain standards relating to vibration monitoring be established. However, as preservation architect and former Commissioner Michael Devonshire has observed, even the most state-of-the-art vibration monitoring systems only announce when the vibration limit has been reached โ€“ at which point, the damage has already occurred.

Todayโ€™s vote by the Landmarks Preservation Commission to greenlight a development that is certain to cause irreparable damage to the Merchantโ€™s House Museum is a warning to every other landmark in New York City. If the Merchantโ€™s House, one of New York Cityโ€™s most treasured historical assets, can be subjected to adjacent construction that will destroy its historic fabric, then every landmark in New York City is at risk.

This decision, even if reversed, will be a permanent stain on the Commission, which has failed in its existential duty to protect Manhattanโ€™s first and New York Cityโ€™s oldest residential landmark.

The Merchantโ€™s House Museum will take aggressive legal action to halt this unacceptable development.

Thank you to all who wrote letters of support to the LPC, and to those were able to attend or listen to the meeting today. We couldn't do it without you.

Since 2012, the Merchant's House has spent hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars in engineering and legal fees, a number that will only grow as we continue our fight to protect our 1832 landmark building.

Please consider a donation to our legal fund. We need your support now, more than ever.

Donate at www.merchantshouse.org/support.

LPC Meeting TODAY -- December 12, 9:30 am1 Centre Street, 9th FloorOr watch online at https://www.youtube.com//streamsTh...
12/12/2023

LPC Meeting TODAY -- December 12, 9:30 am
1 Centre Street, 9th Floor

Or watch online at https://www.youtube.com//streams

Thank you for your support.

Join us TOMORROW at the LPC meeting! Tuesday, December 12, 9:30 am(Arrive by 9)1 Centre Street, 9th Floor
12/11/2023

Join us TOMORROW at the LPC meeting!

Tuesday, December 12, 9:30 am
(Arrive by 9)
1 Centre Street, 9th Floor

This is your LAST CHANCE to make your voice heard. The LPC is NOT hearing public testimony at tomorrowโ€™s meeting. The ve...
12/11/2023

This is your LAST CHANCE to make your voice heard. The LPC is NOT hearing public testimony at tomorrowโ€™s meeting. The very survival of the Merchantโ€™s House โ€“ Manhattanโ€™s First Landmark โ€“ is at stake!

Emails are due by NOON TODAY (Monday)! Link in profile to email! And please SHARE this post and TELL your friends to email!!

SAVE THE MERCHANT'S HOUSE!Fill the room to tell the LPC we won't stand for the destruction of NYC's landmarks!LPC Meetin...
12/09/2023

SAVE THE MERCHANT'S HOUSE!

Fill the room to tell the LPC we won't stand for the destruction of NYC's landmarks!

LPC Meeting -- Tuesday, December 12, 9:30 a.m.
(Arrive at 9 a.m.)
1 Centre Street, 9th Floor

The meeting will also be broadcast on the LPC's YouTube page, but please attend in person if you are able! (We'll post the link on Tuesday.)

AND DON'T STOP EMAILING THE LPC! They are NOT allowing public testimony at next week's meeting, so this is your chance to make your voice heard!! https://actionnetwork.org/letters/save-the-merchants-house-museum?source=direct_link&

12/07/2023

Hot on the tail of yet another neighborhood building being damaged and vacated by next door construction, the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) will on Tuesday reconsider a nearly three-year-oldโ€ฆ

๐—–๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—”๐—–๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก: ๐—˜๐— ๐—”๐—œ๐—Ÿ ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฃ๐—–!As we reported yesterday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission will hold a meeting next T...
12/07/2023

๐—–๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—”๐—–๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก: ๐—˜๐— ๐—”๐—œ๐—Ÿ ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฃ๐—–!

As we reported yesterday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission will hold a meeting next Tuesday, December 12, to review -- and possibly vote on -- the proposed development next door. The Merchant's House will not be allowed to testify! And ... the LPC may vote!

๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ท๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ! ๐˜Œ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ญ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜“๐˜—๐˜Š! ๐™Ž๐˜ผ๐™‘๐™€ ๐™๐™ƒ๐™€ ๐™ˆ๐™€๐™๐˜พ๐™ƒ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐™'๐™Ž ๐™ƒ๐™Š๐™๐™Ž๐™€!

Our friends Village Preservation - Greenwich Village Society For Historic Preservation have an easy form letter: https://p2a.co/bi5kahj

Or, email the LPC directly at [email protected]!

๐Ÿšจ๐Ÿšจ๐Ÿšจ ๐—จ๐—ฅ๐—š๐—˜๐—ก๐—ง ๐—จ๐—ฃ๐——๐—”๐—ง๐—˜! ๐Ÿšจ๐Ÿšจ๐Ÿšจ We have just learned the LPC will hold a meeting next Tuesday, December 12, to discuss โ€“ and poss...
12/06/2023

๐Ÿšจ๐Ÿšจ๐Ÿšจ ๐—จ๐—ฅ๐—š๐—˜๐—ก๐—ง ๐—จ๐—ฃ๐——๐—”๐—ง๐—˜! ๐Ÿšจ๐Ÿšจ๐Ÿšจ

We have just learned the LPC will hold a meeting next Tuesday, December 12, to discuss โ€“ and possibly vote on โ€“ the proposed development next door to the Merchant's House.

Full details are not yet available. Please STAND BY! We will be posting new information as soon as we have it.

๐—›๐—ข๐—ช ๐—ฌ๐—ข๐—จ ๐—–๐—”๐—ก ๐—›๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—ฃ

๐Ÿšจ ATTEND the meeting: exact time TBA! Check back here.
๐Ÿšจ SHARE this post with your friends!
๐Ÿšจ WRITE to the LPC! A form letter is in the works, we'll post it asap!
๐Ÿšจ DONATE to the legal fund: www.merchantshouse.org/support
๐Ÿšจ STAY TUNED! We'll update you as soon as we know more.

๐— ๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—˜ ๐—œ๐—ก๐—™๐—ข

At the last LPC hearing, nearly three years ago, the LPC declined to vote on the proposed development. If the LPC now votes to approve the project, the Merchant's House will be forced to close to the public for at least two years to safeguard the house and the collection.

Construction next door will cause significant structural damage to our landmark 1832 building. Shockingly, landmark status does not guarantee protection.

"Why, itโ€™s old Fezziwig! Bless his heart; itโ€™s Fezziwig alive again!" ... "Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig took their stations, on...
12/04/2023

"Why, itโ€™s old Fezziwig! Bless his heart; itโ€™s Fezziwig alive again!" ... "Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig took their stations, one on either side of the door, and shaking hands with every person individually as he or she went out, wished him or her a Merry Christmas." (A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens)

It's opening night! ๐—” ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—น ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜'๐˜€ ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ is back for our 11th holiday season.Join Mr. Dickens, port...
11/28/2023

It's opening night! ๐—” ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—น ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜'๐˜€ ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ is back for our 11th holiday season.

Join Mr. Dickens, portrayed by John Kevin Jones of Summoners Ensemble Theatre, as he tells his timeless Christmas tale our elegant intact Greek Revival double parlor. Surrounded by 19th century holiday decorations, flickering candles, and richly appointed period furnishings, audiences will be transported back to 1867 in this captivating one-hour performance created from Dickensโ€™ own script.

Tickets are selling fast! www.merchantshouse.org/christmascarol

Upon seeing Marley's ghost in the first chapter of "A Christmas Carol," Ebenezer Scrooge doubts what he's seeing, tellin...
11/27/2023

Upon seeing Marley's ghost in the first chapter of "A Christmas Carol," Ebenezer Scrooge doubts what he's seeing, telling Marley: "You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of an underdone potato. Thereโ€™s more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!"

December's "In the Spirit of Science" video podcast explores some Christmas ghosts. Scrooge tries to explain away Marley's ghost as simple indigestion, but do we have evidence that ghostly encounters are just hallucinations โ€“ tricks of the mind? This Friday, December 1, join Dan, Matilda and Dr. Lee for a deep dive into potential ways our minds and bodies can play tricks on us โ€“ or not. They'll also look more closely at the pagan and spiritualist origins of our holiday traditions as we close out 2023.

Free! Register at www.merchantshouse.org/calendar/reservations.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Merchant's House! In 1830, Thanksgiving was declared an official holiday in New...
11/23/2023

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Merchant's House!

In 1830, Thanksgiving was declared an official holiday in New York State, the first stare outside of New England to make the holiday official. Gertrude Tredwell received this Thanksgiving card from her niece, Lillie Nichols, in 1930.

The Museum is closed today, but will be open tomorrow, Friday, November 24. The house is decorated for the holiday season -- come for a visit and see our special exhibition, "Christmas Comes to Old New York."

The Merchant's House is CLOSED today, Wednesday, November 22. The Museum will be open on Friday, November 24, with the o...
11/22/2023

The Merchant's House is CLOSED today, Wednesday, November 22. The Museum will be open on Friday, November 24, with the opening of our special holiday exhibition, "Christmas Comes to Old New York."

Today, many of us are preparing for tomorrow's feast. While you certainly would have found roast turkey and mashed potatoes on a 19th century Thanksgiving table, the turkey wasn't always the star of the show: the Tredwells and their peers likely served a great variety of meat and fish, in addition to turkey.

One 1887 cookbook suggests the following Thanksgiving menu: oysters on half shell, cream of chicken soup, fried smelts, sauce tartare, roast turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, baked squash, boiled onions, parsnip fritters, olives, chicken salad, venison pastry, pumpkin pie, mince pie, Charlotte russe, almond ice cream, lemon jelly, hickory nut cake, cheese, fruits and coffee.

Pictured: detail from "Home to Thanksgiving," by Currier & Ives, 1867.

Behind the scenes at the Merchant's House: today our merry band of volunteer elves is decorating the house for the holid...
11/20/2023

Behind the scenes at the Merchant's House: today our merry band of volunteer elves is decorating the house for the holidays! Our holiday exhibition, "Christmas Comes to Old New York," opens this Friday.

In the early 19th century, Christmas, as we know it, had not yet been invented. Most New Yorkers did their celebrating on January 1, continuing the Old Dutch tradition of making New Yearโ€™s Day calls on friends and neighbors. Over the next fifty years, new traditions took hold: from Santa Claus, stockings, and presents; to holiday feasting; to Christmas trees decorated with lights and ornaments; to holly and evergreen garlands decking the halls; to Christmas songs and carols. Many of these traditions were popularized right here in New York City, and quickly spread throughout the country.

In the 19th century, people regularly exchanged letters with family members and friends, sometimes writing two or three ...
11/19/2023

In the 19th century, people regularly exchanged letters with family members and friends, sometimes writing two or three letters a day. People sent news, greeting, invitations, and more through the mail. Letters were carried around the world by trains, boats, and horses โ€“ or just across town by a servant or local mail carrier. When sent long distances, letters could take weeks, or even months, to reach their destination.

Pictured here: a portable writing desk in Seabury Tredwell's bedroom, 1850-1875, MHM 2002.2036. Photo by Max Touhey for Curbed NY.

A Christmas Carol at the Merchant's House has become one of our most cherished holiday traditions. Can't make it to the ...
11/17/2023

A Christmas Carol at the Merchant's House has become one of our most cherished holiday traditions. Can't make it to the house in-person this year? Join us virtually!

You can now rent a film of "A Christmas Carol at the Merchant's House" to watch at home, and share with friends and family, this holiday season.

Your $25 rental fee allows unlimited views -- and a shareable link -- now through December 30.

Visit https://www.summonersensemble.org/a-christmas-carol-pay-per-view.html

The kitchen was the servants' domain. Households like this one typically employed four servants: a cook, who was also re...
11/16/2023

The kitchen was the servants' domain. Households like this one typically employed four servants: a cook, who was also responsible for the laundry, and her helper, who also waited tables at meals, as well as a parlor maid and a "second girl," who assisted with general cleaning throughout the house.

Many of the servants' responsibilities were based in this kitchen. In addition to preparing three meals a day for the large Tredwell family, the servants washed dishes, cleaned lamps, polished silver, washed and ironed laundry, and heated water for bathing in this room.

Photo by Max Touhey for Curbed NY.

During the daytime, the rear parlor served as a sitting room; while the Tredwells used their front parlor for formal ent...
11/14/2023

During the daytime, the rear parlor served as a sitting room; while the Tredwells used their front parlor for formal entertaining, the rear parlor was slightly more relaxed. If guests came to dine, however, the rear parlor was transformed into a formal dining room. After dinner, the gentlemen remained gathered around the dining table for brandy and ci**rs, while the ladies moved into the front parlor for tea and conversation. After a short period, the gentlemen joined the ladies to conclude the evening.

Photo by Dylan Chandler.

10/30/2023

We had so much fun with the cast of Sweeney Todd Broadway earlier this month! ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ‘ป

Earlier this month, Steve Overmyer from CBS New York joined paranormal investigator Dan Sturges for a late-night investi...
10/27/2023

Earlier this month, Steve Overmyer from CBS New York joined paranormal investigator Dan Sturges for a late-night investigation of the Merchant's House. Tune in tonight (Friday) at 10 p.m. for an in-depth look at "Manhattan's Most Haunted House." Streaming only on CBSNewYork.com!

(And if you miss tonight's airing, catch it again Saturday at 8, Sunday at 4, Monday at 9, and Tuesday 10:30 p.m.)

Want a closer look? Candlelight ghost tours are sold out Friday & Saturday, but there is still limited availability for tours on Sunday evening! Tickets at www.merchantshouse.org/calendar/reservations.

Grief was more than just an emotion for Americans during the 19th century โ€” it was a way of life. The moment Seabury Tre...
10/14/2023

Grief was more than just an emotion for Americans during the 19th century โ€” it was a way of life. The moment Seabury Tredwell drew his last breath, in March 1865, his family put into motion an elaborate system of mourning customs that both announced their grief to the community and provided some measure of release from their suffering.

Next Wednesday, join Museum Historian Ann Haddad for a virtual talk, as we explore the origins and significance of these somber yet comforting rituals, from widowsโ€™ weeds and crepe-draped mirrors to co**se coolers and funeral biscuits. Free!

Register at www.merchantshouse.org/calendar/reservations

Photo by Hal Hirshorn.

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www.merchantshouse.org Built in 1832, the Merchant's House Museum is New York City's only 19th century home preserved intact, with original family furnishings and personal belongings. A unique survivor of Old New York, the House offers a rare and intimate glimpse of how a prosperous merchant family and their four Irish servants lived from 1835 to 1865, when New York grew from seaport to thriving metropolis and the commercial emporium of America. "The distinction of the Merchant's House -- and it is a powerful one -- is that it is the real thing. One simply walks through the beautiful doorway into another time and place in New York." The New York Times

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