Morris-Jumel Mansion is located in upper Manhattan, NY
The mansion was originally built in 1765 as the home of former British Army officer Roger Morris. When Morris fled America for England at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, the house was confiscated along with other Loyalist properties by the Commissioners of Forfeiture. Following his defeat at the battle of Long Island in 1776, George Washington took refuge and set up his headquarters here, at the highest point in Manhattan.
The oldest house in Manhattan also has a reputation for being one of the most haunted in the state of New York. It is said that one of the house’s former owners, the prostitute and infamous actress Madame Eliza Jumel, refuses to leave the house. A lot of people say that even after her death she still remains in the mansion. It is reported that her first husband, who lived in the house with her, also refuses to leave it.
One of the house’s former curators sent for a psychic after she heard pitiful moans in the house. The famous psychic Hans Holzer answered the call and conducted a total of two séances in the mansion. During the second séance, the moaner appeared as if on cue. He revealed himself as none other than Stephen Jumel. He was reported to have said that his death was not an accident. He fell on a pitchfork but it was his wife who removed the bandages and watched in glee as her husband bled to death.
Another ghost which can be seen in the grounds is that of the revolutionary soldier. Curators, as well as reporters, have reportedly seen a few men in uniform having a party in the mansion’s dining room. On one occasion two schoolteachers on separate field trips were very much surprised to see an American soldier which stepped right out of the painting on the wall.
One of the house’s former residents and also one of Madame Jumel’s former husbands, Aaron Burr, is said to still haunt the mansion, still longing for his wife.
There is also the story of the jilted maidservant. A woman who is said to be exploring the third floor of the mansion was allegedly very much frightened by the ghost of a maid that she died of a heart attack. This maid can often be seen on the third floor, where the servants’ quarters is. It is said that she had committed suicide in the mansion.