Company of Scholars Excursion: Morris-Jumel Mansion
Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (EST)
New York, NY
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Company of Scholars invites you to an Excursion to the Morris-Jumel Mansion for an encounter with a historic landmark on the second highest vantage point on the island of Manhattan. We'll be in the company of Dr. Margaret A. Oppenheimer who is literally writing the book on the enthralling biography of Eliza Jumel.
Seize on the chance to delve into Revolutionary history and beyond on historic grounds. The Morris-Jumel Mansion, the headquarters of General Washington in the fall of 1776, is a historic landmark built in 1765, by British Colonel Roger Morris and his American wife, Mary Philipse. The breezy hilltop location proved an ideal location for the family’s summer home. Known as Mount Morris, this northern Manhattan estate stretched from the Harlem to the Hudson Rivers and covered more than 130 acres. Because they were loyal to the crown, the Morrises were eventually forced to return to England. During the war, the hilltop location of the Mansion was valued for more than its cool summer breezes. With views of the Harlem River, the Bronx, and Long Island Sound to the east, New York City and the harbor to the south, and the Hudson River and Jersey Palisades to the west, Mount Morris proved to be a strategic military headquarters. Shortly after the Battle of Harlem Heights, Washington and his troops left the Mansion and, for a time, it was occupied by British and Hessian forces. President Washington returned to the Mansion on July 10, 1790, and dined with members of his cabinet. Guests at the table included two future Presidents of the United States: Vice President John Adams and Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson. Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton and Secretary of War Henry Knox also attended.
Company of Scholars is thrilled to have Dr. Margaret A. Oppenheimer as our guide. Dr. Oppenheimer holds a Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She is the author of The French Portrait: Revolution to Restoration (2005), the collaborating author of the first edition of Art: A Brief History (2000), and a contributor to A Personal Gathering; Paintings and Sculpture from the Collection of William I. Koch (1996). Her articles on French art have appeared in Apollo, the Gazette des Beaux-Arts, the Metropolitan Museum Journal, and other publications. Currently she is writing a biography of Eliza Jumel.
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This excursion has a limited number of tickets. Prompt registration will be necessary to secure your place. All are welcome, but please only register if you are keen to share profound insights, discover hidden histories, and approach matters of consequence with a broad mind and giving heart. Excursions pay homage to field trips of yesteryear, keenly anticipated encounters with new places, and the gravitational pull of a worthwhile, off the beaten track discovery.
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