From Revolution to Renaissance: The Morris-Jumel Mansion and its Distinguished Neighborhood
Led By John Reddick AND Megan Byrnes
Explore the historic neighborhood surrounding Manhattan’s oldest remaining house, the Morris-Jumel Mansion (built 1765) with distinguished architectural historian John Reddick. This 90 minute in-person guided outdoor group walk will visit notable locations in Harlem and Washington Heights to learn about the cultural and architectural transformation of the area from farmland to a multicultural urban neighborhood today. Stops will include Morris-Jumel Mansion, site of Washington’s Revolutionary War headquarters; Sylvan Terrace; the Jumel Terrace Historic District, featuring former homes of Harlem Renaissance luminaries; Trinity Cemetery and the Church of the Intercession; and the Hispanic Society Museum & Library. Since the route is about 2.1 miles, attendees should wear comfortable shoes and bring water, cameras, and sun protection.
The route distance is approximately 2.1 miles and will be entirely outside. To travel to Morris-Jumel Mansion by subway, visitors can go to the 163rd C train stop, exit on the St. Nicholas side. The Mansion is also a 10 minute walk from the 1 train to 157th Street. The only nearby subway stop which is wheelchair accessible is 168th Street on the A and C lines. Most sidewalks on the route have curb cuts. Please note that some of the streets around Morris-Jumel Mansion have Belgian paving stones, so individuals will need to use designated crosswalks from the side walks. Additionally, one end of Sylvan Terrace has a staircase from St. Nicholas Avenue; however, the tour guide will use the Jumel Terrace entrance, which has sidewalks and is accessible. Additional public transit options can be found at https://www.morrisjumel.org/admission
RSVP is required and capacity is limited. Meeting location, ending location, and directions will be provided via email before walk date.