The Merchant’s House Museum, a 19th-century row house in New York City’s historic NoHo neighborhood, holds many distinctions. It was Manhattan’s first designated landmark (and a rare interior landmark), it is the only historic house museum in the Greenwich Village/Soho/NoHo neighborhoods, and is frequently noted as one of the most haunted places in New York City! But what really sets the Merchant’s House Museum apart is how impeccably it has been preserved. Occupied by one family for nearly 100 years, the home at 29 East 4th Street is a time capsule of life in 19th-century New York City, filled with personal possessions and furnishings used by that family. Discover what life was like in the Merchant’s House in our upcoming virtual tour led by Merchant’s House Museum Historian Ann Haddad!

Tour the Merchant’s House Museum

On this virtual tour:

  • Meet the Tredwells, the wealthy merchant family who lived at 29 East 4th Street
  • See what daily life was like for the servants who lived at the home
  • Peek inside the magnificently decorated period rooms on four floors of the Merchant’s House
  • Get an intimate look at life in 19th-century NYC

Tickets to this talk are just $10, or free if you are an Untapped New York Insider! You can gain access to unlimited free virtual events per month and unlock a video archive of 100+ past virtual experiences as an Untapped New York Insider starting at $10/month. Already an Insider? Register here! If you can’t make it live, register for this event and we will send you a link to the recording once it airs!

Half of the proceeds from public ticket sales will be donated to the Museum! The Museum is currently battling plans for a large-scale construction project next door. The construction would put delicate historic details and the very structural stability of the 180+-year-old home at risk. You can learn more about the Museum’s campaign and sign the petition here.

Courtesy of the Merchant’s House Museum, Photograph by Annie Schlechter

How did the Tredwell family entertain? What happened if they got sick? What was the “servant problem”? Did pigs really roam the streets? This virtual presentation will cover four floors in this landmark 1832 late-Federal and Greek Revival style rowhouse preserved intact with the family’s original furnishings, household items, personal possessions, and even their clothing. Join Museum Historian Ann Haddad to discover what daily life was really like for a wealthy merchant-class family and their Irish servants in mid-19th century New York City. This live and interactive virtual tour offers an intimate and authentic glimpse of the daily life of the Tredwells and their four Irish servants during the period when New York City transformed from a colonial seaport into a booming commercial metropolis, teeming with the challenges and opportunities of change.

As Merchant’s House Museum Historian, Ann Haddad gives frequent virtual talks as part of her “The Tredwell Times” series, which focuses on various aspects of life in 19th century New York City. Her extensive research on the house and the Tredwell family has uncovered new information that greatly enhances our understanding of the period. Some of that research is reflected in her blog for the Museum.  On the Museum’s social media pages, she brought Mrs. Tredwell and Bridget Murphy, one of the Irish servants, to life through their ‘personal’ tours of the house; also on social media, she offers “Tredwell Times in Art,” which presents works of art that depict 19th-century life as the Tredwell family knew it. She created the recently completed reading series, “Women Who Dared: 19th Century American Women Writers,” which is available on the Museum’s YouTube channel. She delights in giving tours of the Merchant’s House to all those who enjoy time travel to Old New York!

Tour the Merchant’s House Museum

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