The Merchant’s House Museum is thought to be the most haunted house in all of New York City and was voted “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House” by The New York Times. This national historic landmark was owned by the Tredwell family from 1835 to 1933, a wealthy merchant-class family. Many believe the youngest of the Tredwell’s eight children who was last to live in the house, Gertrude Tredwell, is still watching over the home. She was born in an upstairs bedroom, never married and lived her entire life there until she died at the age of 93. When the house opened to the public as a museum in the 1930s, strange sounds, sightings and smells have been reported.
The museum offers “Spirited October Events,” such as Candlelight Ghost Tours — a 50-minute tour of the dark and ghostly mansion by flickering candlelight. Throughout the tour true tales of unexplainable instances, creaky floors boards and doors, shadows and voices in the gloomy atmosphere are told. Tour dates and prices vary.