7. The House is Allegedly Haunted

Hal Hirshorn/Merchant’s House Museum

The Merchant’s House Museum frequently ranks high on lists of the most haunted places in New York City. Unlike some places that deny their otherwordly reputation, the Merchant’s House fully embraces their ghosts. There is a whole page of the Museum’s website dedicated to its ghost story and ghost tours!

The apparition believed to haunt the home is that of the Tredwells’ youngest daughter Gertrude. Gertrude, the youngest of the Tredwell clan, was the last living family member to occupy the house. She was born in an upstairs bedroom in 1840 and died in the house 93 years later. Since the Museum’s inception in the 1930s, staff, volunteers, visitors, and neighbors have reported strange and inexplicable happenings.