Our Ghosts

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

“Manhattan’s Most Haunted House” (The New York Times)
“#1 Most Haunted Place in NYC” (TimeOut New York, 2015)

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

Many believe it is Gertrude Tredwell, in particular, who is 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.

Take a Candlelight Ghost Tour
Doors slam, floorboards creak, voices call into the dead of night. You are invited to venture into the shadows of history to see the house where eight family members died and hear true tales of inexplicable occurrences from the people who actually experienced them.

2016 Ghost Tour Dates: October 21 & 22, October 27-30.

Click here to see the full calendar of “spirited” October events for 2016.

Plan a Private Candlelight Ghost Tour.  Grab some good friends you can hold on to very tight. Visit the group programs page (scroll to the bottom) for more information and email programs@merchantshouse.org to arrange a tour.

Purchase Some Say They Never Left: Spirited Tales and Ghostly Legends of the Merchant’s House Museum. Whether or not you are a believer, you’ll enjoy reading our booklet of ghost stories collected over the years. Visit the Museum’s shop to purchase a copy and decide for yourself.

And if you have an “experience” when you visit, please let one of the staff know so we can add your story to our growing roster of ghost tales.

Take Part in a Paranormal Investigation

“Manhattan’s Most Haunted House??” (Says The New York Times) Find out for YOURSELF! The Winner and a Guest will participate in a real paranormal investigation of the Merchant’s House Museum led by the Historic Paranormal Research team. Learn the theories behind hauntings, the use of technical equipment, and how to review data. Measure atmospheric conditions, conduct Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) sessions, capture still and video images, and more. Get to know members of the Historic Paranormal Research investigative team.

Raffle drawing will be held Halloween Night, October 31. The Investigation will be scheduled for a mutually convenient time in early 2017.