Event commemorating President George Washington’s Cabinet Dinner held on the Mansion’s grounds on the second Sunday in July, 1790.
An afternoon exploring the meaning and significance of this historic gathering, featuring talks, conversation, music, and interactive demonstrations.
Celebrate American Independence Day (July 4th), a birthday, or honor someone you feel is a star in your life by making a simple and fun star banner with endless variations. Join Ms. Daniella on Zoom to learn how to make your own paper star decorations+.
Register here for FREE and have the following materials with you and ready to go on Saturday:
Square pieces of paper. The paper can be different types of paper and sizes, as long as it’s square! 6” x 6” squares are a good size to work with and produce big stars (Ex: newspaper, wrapping paper, Origami paper, cut up grocery store bags)
Twine or String for hanging stars
Hole punch or a strong pen to make holes in the stars
Optional materials: paint, markers, or other items to decorate your paper stars.
During the decade before the Revolutionary War, the Georgian house, with its monumental portico and octagonal drawing room, was the setting for some of the colony’s most fashionable parties.
In the fall of 1776, the Mansion was seized by the Continental Army and served as headquarters for George Washington during the Battle of Harlem Heights. British and Hessian commanders occupied the house after Washington’s retreat from New York.
In the summer of 1790, Washington returned to the Mansion and dined with the members of his cabinet. Among those at the table were Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Henry Knox.
In 1810, wealthy French wine merchant Stephen Jumel and his American wife, Eliza, purchased the Mansion, and spared no expense refurbishing it. In 1828, they returned from Paris with crates of furniture and paintings, much of which they claimed had belonged to Napoleon. A year after Stephen Jumel died in 1832, his widow married former vice president Aaron Burr. The marriage ended quickly and Eliza lived alone in the house until her death in 1865.
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