Our Ghosts

The Merchant's House Museum is haunted

“Manhattan’s Most Haunted House” (The New York Times)

“#1 Most Haunted Place in NYC” (TimeOut New York)

The Tredwell family lived in this house for nearly 100 years. Some say they never left.

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. 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. Ghost tours are offered monthly, January to July, and in October. 2020 Ghost Tour dates: January 24, February 21, March 13, April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17. October dates TBA. Click here to purchase tickets.

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.