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Manhattan’s oldest house is in Washington Heights

The recent Broadway show In The Heights helped put Washington Heights in the spotlight. The upper Manhattan neighborhood is a vibrant community with many family owned restaurants serving up Latin cuisine. The area is home to many immigrants from the Dominican Republic and has amazing views of the Hudson River.

Washington Heights is also home to a lot of New York City history. One of the must see sites in the area is the Morris-Jumel Mansion. It is the oldest house in the borough of Manhattan and was built in 1765 by British military officer Roger Morris. The building served as a headquarters for both the British and the Americans during the American Revolution.

The Morris-Jumel Mansion was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961 and is now open to the public along with a museum.

The museum highlights over 200 years of New York history, art, and culture. The neighborhood surrounding the Mansion is known as the Jumel Terrace Historic District. The hill that Roger Morris once called “Mount Morris” in the 18th century became better known as “Sugar Hill” during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s.  Prominent African-Americans and great artists such as Duke Ellington, Paul Robeson, Jackie Robinson and Thurgood Marshall lived in this area.

If you would like to explore Washington Heights and The Morris-Jumel Mansion We Can Tour That!

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