history of the Morris-Jumel Mansion is as complicated
and sordid as you would expect of the oldest home in Manhattan. It is steeped
in deceit, murder, ghosts and contemporary Broadway theater. And the artifact
that untangles this convoluted history is an unassuming three-inch chunk of a
hollowed-out pine tree.
the British retreat, it was bought by a French merchant, Stephen Jumel, who
lived there with his wife, Eliza Bowen. Bowen, the daughter of a Rhode Island
prostitute, was initially Jumel’s mistress before she tricked him into marrying
her by feigning a fatal illness. In 1832, Jumel died of pneumonia following a
carriage accident, and a little more than a year later, Bowen married Burr, who
moved into the mansion with her. The marriage lasted only three years before
they divorced, which was rare for the time. Stories of sightings of Eliza’s
ghost are common (and encouraged by the caretakers of the Morris-Jumel
Mansion); a ghost-hunting crew from the Travel Channel filmed an episode of
“Ghost Adventures” in the house in 2014. But it is Burr’s association with
Hamilton, Broadway’s biggest headliner, that has lately been driving visitors
to the mansion.
Manhattan Company’s water pipes — the wooden variety would soon be replaced by
iron — represented New York’s first attempt at bringing clean water to the busy
neighborhoods downtown. “The horses wouldn’t even drink from what was
available,” said Kelsey Brow, assistant curator of the mansion. Still, the
system did not work very well.
essentially conned Hamilton into backing his plan for a public waterworks, and
then changed the wording in the Manhattan Company’s charter to make it a front
for a New York public bank. As a Federalist, and therefore a strong centralized
bank supporter, Hamilton was furious.
some pipe was laid,” Ms. Brow said. “But Burr dropped all pretense that this
was anything but pretense pretty quick, and what he created is now called
JPMorgan Chase & Company bank.”
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