“The Remarkable Rise Of Eliza Jumel,” In Harlem Heights

eliza jumel in harlem1The NY Times writes George Washington slept there, but, oh, to have been a fly on the wall of that mansion in Harlem Heights, Manhattan’s oldest surviving house, a few decades later, when Eliza Bowen moved uptown from what became Reade Street to live there with her husbands, Stephen Jumel and (again) Aaron Burr. (One at a time, of course.) Continue Reading →

Washington Heights Eliza Jumel (Burr), 1775 – 1865

jumel mansion1Eliza Jumel Burr was born Eliza Bowen in Providence, Rhode Island to a working-class Irish Catholic family. Eliza’s mother, Phebe Kelley Bowen, was a domestic servant in a boarding house. Continue Reading →

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