Our Ghosts

"Manhattan's Most Haunted House" - The New York Times

“Manhattan’s Most Haunted House”

— The New York Times

Some say the Tredwells, who lived in this house for nearly 100 years, are still here.

Gertrude Tredwell, in particular, is thought to be watching over her family home. Born in an upstairs bedroom in 1840, the youngest of the Tredwells’ eight children, Gertrude never married and lived her entire life here until she died, at the age of 93, in 1933. She was the last member of the family to occupy the house.

Since the 1930s, when the house opened to the public as a museum, strange and inexplicable happenings have been reported – sounds, sightings, smells – by staff, volunteers, visitors, neighbors, even passersby.

Candlelight Ghost Tours are offered monthly, January through June – and for several weeks leading up to Hallowe’en in October. In 2015, monthly tours are scheduled for January 16, February 20, March 13, April 17, May 15, and June 19. Visit our calendar of events for more information and to purchase tickets.

Private Candlelight Ghost Tours are offered by appointment for up to 20 guests for a flat fee of $400. Email programs@merchantshouse.org for more information.

Whether or not you are a believer, you’ll enjoy reading our recently compiled booklet of ghost stories collected over the years by a member of the Museum’s board. Visit the Museum’s shop to purchase a copy of Some Say They Never Left: Spirited Tales and Ghostly Legends of the Merchant’s House Museum, and decide for yourself. And if you visit the museum and have an “experience,” please let one of the staff know so we can add your story to our growing roster of ghost tales.