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Manhattan’s Oldest House

By Linda Tancs

On July 10, 1790, George Washington dined at Manhattan’s Morris-Jumel Mansion with members of his Cabinet.  Actually, he did more than just dine there, having used New York City’s oldest house as headquarters during the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Harlem Heights.  Known in those days as Mount Morris, the hilltop estate located in Washington Heights offered sweeping views of the Harlem River, the Bronx, and Long Island Sound to the east, New York City and the harbor to the south, and the Hudson River and Jersey Palisades to the west.  Exhibitions as well as arts and cultural programming are presented at the home year round.


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