George Washington's Manhattan Headquarters

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Washington Heights is Manhattan's highest natural point (265 feet, in Bennett Park)

Manhattan's oldest house the Morris-Jumel mansion built in 1765 served as General Washington’s headquarters during the Battle of Harlem Heights in 1776 still stands at 160th Street, Manhattan's second highest point.


Morris-Jumel Mansion

(Photo credit: Library of Congress Detroit Publishing Company Photograph Collection)

Its distinctive style was very advanced for its time. The land on which it sits, "Mount Morris," commanded views of downtown Manhattan as well as of New Jersey and Westchester.

During the decade before the Revolutionary War, the Georgian house, with its monumental portico and octagonal drawing room, was the setting for some of the colony’s most fashionable parties.

Opened as Washington’s Headquarters by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1904, the Mansion has served as a museum for more than a century. Today, the Mansion features restored period rooms from the Morris, Washington, and Jumel eras. NYC bought the house from the late owners in 1903.

Morris-Jumel Mansion is owned by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, operated by Morris-Jumel Mansion Inc., and is a member of the Historic House Trust. 


Watch a video about Morris-Jumel Mansion Museum. 
Brought to you by The History Channel.



Today Washington Heights is a value neighborhood. It is a great neighborhood for folks who have been priced out of downtown yet it is still on the island.

Happy President's Day!



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Comments (23)

Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Good morning Mitchell, thanks for the history of George Washington's Manhattan Headquarters, Morris-Jumel Mansion. I have visited the mansion several times, it is a beauty. Thanks for sharing the video!

Feb 15, 2015 11:01 PM
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Mitchell.  I love this.  I loved the video, the history lesson and the facts about NY.

Well done.

Feb 15, 2015 11:01 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Mitchell- these are the kinds of local posts I love!!!  I get to learn something new every day.  Loved the video!

Feb 15, 2015 11:42 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Perfect timing.  I just watched Sons of Liberty last night and loved it. Thanks for sharing it!

Feb 15, 2015 11:56 PM
Mitchell J Hall
Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

Ginny, Happy President's day. More history: Alexander Hamilton's house , Hamilton Grange is also located in the same neighborhood but now it's called Hamilton Heights.

Beth, Thanks for stopping by. It is a historial beauty.

Lenn, Thanks for your nice comment and for the re-blog.

Kathy, Thanks, I love learning something new erveryday too. Enjoy President's Day.

Sharon, Thanks. I will have to watch Sons of Liberty. Enjoy the day.


Feb 16, 2015 01:10 AM
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

How very appropriate for President's Day, and informative as well.

Feb 16, 2015 07:04 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Mitchel - I have driven by on the Henry Hudson and also have been to the Cloisters but I never know this mansion was there.  The video was very informative.  I will definitely make the trip.

Feb 16, 2015 07:06 AM
Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

Love all the history.  I plan to tour the East Coast someday to visit as many historical spots as I can.

Feb 16, 2015 07:54 AM
Steve Walny
Addison Wolfe Real Estate - New Hope, PA
. . . A Contrasting Point of View in Bucks County

Mitchell J Hall Thank you for posting this piece about General Washington's NY Headquarters.  I'm in Bucks County, just a stone's throw from where he crossed the Delaware and am always interested in learning more about him and that period - Thanks for your insight!

Feb 16, 2015 10:50 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

My best friend from high school was one of the curators from the Park Service for the Alexander Hamilton House - I was always sorry that I haven't ever seen it - sounds like a wonderful neighborhood!

Feb 16, 2015 10:54 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

How interesting - thanks for the historical perspective  Washington Heights looks like a great place to call home.

Feb 16, 2015 12:39 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

What a great history lesson and video as well. Thanks for sharing it

Feb 17, 2015 01:22 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Mitchell J Hall nice lesson from the pages of history.

Overlooking the area must be a big benefit during the war time, I guess!

Feb 17, 2015 11:44 AM
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices


Excellent post. Lived in the Bronx for 5.5 years, but was in Washington Heights maybe just a couple of times, in a heavily Dominican neighborhood, visiting one Russian linquist.

thanks for the post

Feb 18, 2015 02:59 AM
Don Eichler
Eichler Properties - Granbury, TX

Thanks for the great history lesson and the video I am a history nut no matter what part of the United States.  I must say that I would have enjoyed the video a lot better without the background music.


Feb 18, 2015 11:23 PM
Signature Properties of Vermont
Essex Junction, VT
Showing you the way home

The history inside must be palpable - amazing!

Feb 19, 2015 01:38 AM
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Don Eichler - funny you said this. I agree, it is not helping at all. Is it Scott Joplin? I do not know this piece, but it sounds sort of like his pieces that I know.

Feb 19, 2015 05:25 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing this very interesting information. I will schedule a re-blog.

Feb 24, 2015 02:09 AM
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Mitchell J Hall your sharing some great historical information. If I ever make it that way I will have to visit. 

Apr 28, 2015 08:39 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Mitchell - I came here today via Roy Kelley's reblog -- now that I see it was originally posted on President's Day which makes the historical significance more important. 

Apr 29, 2015 08:29 AM