Thursday, March 6, 2008

A Visit To The Colonial Dame House

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A slide show I made in 4/00 for a third grade class visit to this little known museum in Manhattan. Here's a site that has more information
It's located at 421 East 61st Street New York, NY 10065 212 838-6878
It's known as the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden and is maintained by the The Colonial Dames of America

Discover one of the seven oldest buildings in Manhattan and one of New York City’s hidden treasures! Step back in time and take a guided tour through our eight fully furnished period rooms and our beautiful garden or join us for one of our unique public programs. Constructed in 1799 as a carriage house and converted into a hotel in 1826, the Museum transports the visitor back to the Mount Vernon Hotel, a country escape for New Yorkers living in the crowded city at the southern tip of Manhattan.
“Well, I’d passed it a hundred times it seems before I ever went in. A small little stone house with a cute front porch and flowers lining the walk; I always figured it was a private home. Luckily for New York, it isn’t. The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, formerly known as the Abigail Adams Smith Museum, is one of the nicest treasures I’ve ever come across in all my years in the city. The whole house is a reinterpretation of the Mount Vernon Hotel, which operated in this building back in the 1820s and 30s. As you learn on the tour, lots of fashionable people stopped by, ate turtle soup and swam in the East River for fun and refreshment. (Now you know it’s old)! The rooms are beautiful, the docents friendly and the garden is heavenly. And it’s odd to think that when the Hotel was operating, 14th Street was the top of the city and the hotel was 4 miles out and hidden in the country. Now, it’s still hidden and it’s only 3 blocks from Bloomingdale’s. That’s New York for you.”
From “City Secrets: New York City”

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