A house says a lot about its owner, as evidenced by Galileo’s collection of telescopes and Benjamin Franklin’s drawer full of “No, I wasn’t a president” T-shirts. Take a peek inside the mind of a historic figure with this Groupon.
Choose from Five Options
- $6 for admission for two (up to a $10 value)
- $10 for admission for four (up to a $20 value)
- $15 for one tour or exhibition visit for two (up to a $30 value)
- $29 for one tour or exhibition visit for four (up to a $60 value)
- $699 for a four-hour private mansion rental for up to 100 people (a $1,400 value)
When British Colonel Roger Morris and his wife stumbled upon a piece of unclaimed Manhattan hilltop, they knew it would be the ideal spot for their summer home. Built in 1765, the 8,500-square foot Morris-Jumel Mansion—as it's known today—was the centerpiece of an estate that extends more than 130 acres from the Harlem to the Hudson River. Loyal to the British crown, Morris left America during the Revolution; in the fall of 1776, General George Washington used the home as headquarters during the Battle of Harlem Heights.
Today, the mansion offers guided tours of its historic property. After becoming president, Washington returned on July 10, 1790, to dine with cabinet members that included future presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson; you can visit the dining room where they ate together. More than 40 years later, in 1833, Aaron Burr got married to Madame Eliza Jumel—the widow of the mansion's second namesake owner, Stephen Jumel—right in the parlor of this estate.
Besides tours, the mansion now hosts rotating exhibits that display everything from period costumes to the axe Washington used to floss his wooden teeth. There are also events throughout the year, from classical and jazz concerts to wine tastings and, once, a lively debate between Burr and Alexander Hamilton scholars.