Friday, October 30, 2009

☞ WALK: The Tomb of Madame Jumel

Trinity Cemetary, on the northwest border of Harlem and Southern reaches of Washington Heights, rest some of New York's most reputable (and some not so reputable) families. Eliza Jumel could be said to be an example of the two. From her "working girl" roots, she was able to marry the most successful wine merchant in Manhattan and thus became the wealthiest woman in New York City circa 1804. Famous for being rich and more than a bit scandalous, this Evita of the early 19th century has her tomb on the same grounds as the Astor family. Read more about her interesting life and the mansion that bears her namesake: LINK. The entrance to Trinity Cemetery is at 155th Street, right before Riverside Drive with the nearest subway being the the 1 train at 157th Street or the C train at 155th Street. Read more about Trinity Cemetery in our previous post: LINK. Photo by Ulysses

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