New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Roger Morris Park, 1,524 acres
Before Harlem Heights developed into the vibrant community it is today, this site commanded views of lower Manhattan as well as New Jersey and Westchester. With the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, Morris, a Loyalist, left for England. His home, which he called “Mount Morris,” was then occupied successively by George Washington, British Lieutenant General Sir Henry Clinton, and the Hessian commander Baron Wilhelm von Knyphausen. Washington’s use of this house as his temporary headquarters between September 14 and October 20, 1776, is well documented by his daily correspondence and official papers.
After the war, the Morris’s property was confiscated and sold by the new American
One year after her husband’s death in 1832 from injuries sustained in a carriage accident, Madame Jumel married former Vice President Aaron Burr in the mansion’s front parlor. The marriage was not a success, and the couple formally divorced in 1836. The immensely wealthy Madame Jumel became increasingly eccentric as time passed and lived in the mansion until her death in 1865. The City bought the house from later owners, the Earles, in 1903. With the assistance of the Daughters of the American Revolution, it opened as a public museum the next year.
Today, Morris-Jumel Mansion and Roger Morris Park are part of the Jumel Terrace Historic District. The house features nine restored, period rooms including George Washington’s
Erected 2005 by City of New York Parks & Recreation.
Marker series. This marker is included in the George Washington Slept Here, and the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 40° 50.07′ N, 73° 56.332′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Jumel Terrace and Sylvan Terrace, on the right when traveling north on Jumel Terrace. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 65 Jumel Terrace, New York NY 10032, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Morris-Jumel Mansion (here, next to this marker); The John T. Brush Stairway (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Polo Grounds (approx. ¼ mile away); Middle Redoubt of the American Army 1776 (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Main Line of Defences Site of Hilltop Park (approx. half a mile away); The First Line of Defence (approx. 0.7 miles away); Joseph Paul Dimaggio (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Also see . . .
1. History of the Morris-Jumel Mansion. (Submitted on June 5, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Morris-Jumel Mansion. NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation website. (Submitted on June 5, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. Morris-Jumel Mansion, Edgecomb Avenue & 160th-162nd Streets, New York, New York County, NY. The Historic American Buildings Survey record for the mansion. (Submitted on September 13, 2015.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Notable Buildings • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 5, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,206 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 5, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 8. submitted on September 13, 2015.