July 21, 2014
Get a Glimpse of New York’s Past at the Merchant’s House Museum
Life has changed dramatically in the past 100 years. Where today’s New York City is a sprawling, bustling metropolis filled with modern wonders, the area looked far different just a short century ago. See how New Yorkers lived in the early part of the 1900s at the Merchant’s House Museum! You’ll find it at 29 E. 4th Street.
Merchant’s House Museum, once called the Seabury Tredwell house, is the only family home of its era preserved intact in New York City. At the time of its purchase by a wealthy hardware merchant, the neighborhood was a quiet and very exclusive suburb. For more than 100 years, as the neighborhood around the home changed, the large Tredwell family both lived and died in this home. The last of the Tredwells died in 1933, and three years after, the home opened as a museum. It is now part of the Historic House Trust of New York City.
A visit to the Merchant’s House Museum immerses you in the lifestyle of the wealthy merchant class at the turn of the century. The museum holds over 3,000 items preserved from the Tredwell family, which include furniture, clothing, photographs, books, and more. Just as fascinating as what the museum holds is the building itself, which is considered one of the best surviving examples of Greek Revival architecture.
A Visit to the Past
Both guided tours and self-guided tours are available. While the guided tour will take about 45 minutes, the self-guided walk often takes people between 30 and 90 minutes. Be certain to check the museum’s hours of availability before you plan your visit.
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Sea you soon!
The Seastreak Family
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