Strangely Beautiful at the Morris Jumel Mansion

Celebrate a grandiose, ghostly tale in a gorgeous haunted house! Join acclaimed author, actress, and Boroughs of the Dead tour guide Leanna Renee Hieber and a cast of talented friends to celebrate the reissue of Hieber’s acclaimed Gothic, Gaslamp Fantasy saga, STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL, an epic, paranormal romantic suspense saga set in ghostly 1888 London at the time of Jack the Ripper, re-issuing from Tor Books in a gorgeous new edition, at Manhattan’s oldest house, the beautiful, historic, iconic Morris-Jumel Mansion in Washington Heights. During a theatrical reading from STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL, costume and couture specialist Wormwood & Gall will be presenting a Strangely Beautiful themed fashion show, and presiding over a costume contest for the best-dressed in Gothic, Neo-Victorian, Ghostly and/or Steampunk attire. There will be a discussion and Q and A with Leanna and the Mansion staff about the real life ghost stories used in her work and at the Mansion. Refreshments, wine and food provided. Books will be available for sale and signing. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door, $10 for group tickets in advance. All proceeds help the mansion’s ongoing restoration fund. Please help keep this amazing house open and haunted for years to come! Leanna’s next Boroughs of the Dead tours will be The Ultimate Greenwich Village Ghost Tour on Saturday, May 7th at 7:30pm, and The Magic & Mysticism of Central Park on Sunday, May 8th at 2pm. Tickets available...

Paranormal Investigation: Morris Jumel Mansion

The following is a special guest post by Boroughs of the Dead tour guide Marie Carter: Recently, in conjunction with Eliza Jumel’s birthday on April 2, 2016, the Morris-Jumel Mansion held a paranormal investigation of the house (although due to scheduling this investigation ended up taking place on April 16, 2106). The next one will be on July 17, 2016 in conjunction with Eliza Jumel’s death day. History: Morris Jumel Mansion The Washington Heights mansion was built in 1765 and celebrated its 250th anniversary last year. It was built by Roger Morris, a British military officer and served as a headquarters for both sides in the American Revolution, and George Washington is known to have spent some time there. However, the mansion’s most well-known resident is Eliza Jumel. Eliza Jumel started life in a Rhode Island workhouse, was rumored to be a prostitute, and she married the wealthy French-Haitian merchant Stephen Jumel and lived a life of opulence thereafter, moving to the mansion in 1810. In 1832, Stephen Jumel had a terrible accident, falling out of a carriage and landing onto a pitchfork. He was brought back to the mansion, still breathing, but he died in the night. It’s rumored that Eliza is responsible for his death, and that she undid his bandages while he slept. Eliza married Aaron Burr the next year but their marriage was tumultuous and only lasted a few years. In fact, the divorce went through the day Aaron Burr died in 1836. After passing through various owners, the city purchased the house in 1903, and it has been a museum ever since. The evening...
The Fever Called Living: Edgar Allan Poe in Greenwich Village

The Fever Called Living: Edgar Allan Poe in Greenwich Village

Edgar Allan Poe In Greenwich Village is a 90-minute literary and historical walking tour that steps into the Greenwich Village of the 1840s, where Poe lived and worked at the height of his fame — before plunging irrevocably into the final, abysmal chapter of his short life. CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS On this tour, which runs one night only (on January 16th, to commemorate Poe’s birthday), you will visit the site of three of his former homes, trace a path into the past to gaslight-era Washington Square Park, learn of his contemporary rivals and admirers, and see where he wrote some of his most famous stories and poems. Interweaving some of his most famous tales with Greenwich Village’s macabre secret histories, this tour is guaranteed to enthrall fans of Poe’s literary grotesques while honoring his literary legacy in New York City. Edgar Allan Poe In Greenwich Village is led by Poe fan and macabre fiction writer Andrea Janes. Andrea is also the owner and founder of Boroughs of the Dead. This tour is perfect for the hardcore Poe fan who wants to take it to the next level. See our write-ups in Rue Morgue and Literary Manhattan. Meeting Point: 85 W 3rd St. between Thompson and Sullivan This tour is approximately 90 minutes in duration and one mile in length. Runs rain or shine, except in cases of severely inclement weather. CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS Price: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Advance ticket purchase is highly...
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