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Merchant's House Museum

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Built in 1832, this redbrick house, combining Federal and Greek Revival styles, provides a glimpse into the domestic life of the period 30 years before the Civil War. Retired merchant Seabury Tredwell and his descendants lived here from 1835 until 1933. The home became a museum in 1936, with the original furnishings and architectural features preserved; family memorabilia are also on display. The fourth-floor servants' bedroom, where the Tredwell family's Irish servants slept and did some of their work, offers a rare and intimate look at the lives of Irish domestics in the mid-1800s. A guided tour is offered at 2pm.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 29 E. 4th St., between Bowery and Lafayette St., East Village, New York, NY, 10003 | Map It
  • Phone: 212/777–1089
  • Cost: $10
  • Hours: Thurs.–Mon. noon–5; guided tours Thurs.–Mon. at 2
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  • Subway: 6 to Astor Pl. or Bleecker St.; B, D, F, M to Broadway–Lafayette St.; R to 8th St
  • Location: East Village
Updated: 02-24-2014

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    Good historic house

    Arguably the best historic house to see in Manhattan. Has all original furnishings belonging to the Tredwell family and very attractive architectural detail inside and out, plus a pleasant garden in the back. A little expensive, but worth a visit.

    by bachslunch, 4/26/09

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