In the 19th century, death and funerals took place at home. The Merchant’s House Museum is set to host “Sacred to the Memory:” From Parlor to Grave, a 1865 Funeral Reenactment and Cemetery Procession, on Sunday, October 27, 3:30 to 5:30 pm.
The Museum’s Tredwells’ double parlor will be veiled in black crepe as attendees recreate the 1865 funeral of family patriarch Seabury Tredwell and explore the customs surrounding death in 19th century New York City.
Before the service, mourners may view the house-wide exhibition, Death, Mourning, and the Hereafter, paying their last respects at Seabury Tredwell’s deathbed upstairs — and offering condolences to Seabury’s widow, Eliza, portrayed by a costumed interpreter. A 19th century coffin will be available for “postmortem” photographs.
After the service, mourners can follow the coffin to nearby New York City Marble Cemetery for the graveside service and Marble Cemetery talk.
19th century mourning attire is encouraged. Tickets are $45, VIP tickets: $55, MHM Members: $35.
VIP tickets include front-row seating, black armbands, and the opportunity to lead the graveyard procession as a pallbearer.
For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.
Merchant’s House Museum is located at 29 East 4th Street, New York. Built in 1832, it’s considered one of the finest surviving examples of domestic architecture from the late-Federal and Greek Revival period. In New York City, it was the first building designated in the borough of Manhattan following the passing of the Landmarks Preservation law in April 1965. It is one of only 120 interior landmarks in the City, and one of only 6 residences. In 1966, the Merchant’s House was recognized as a National Historic Landmark (one of only 2,400) and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.
Photo of 1865 Funeral Reenactment and Graveyard Procession provided.