By Seth Fera-Schanes
The Merchant House is a taste of Old New York in the East Village and a place I had walked past a thousand times without giving a second thought that something historic was right in front of me.
A $15 ticket will get you full access to the Merchant’s House Museum (also called the Old Merchant House or the Seabury Tredwell House.) The townhouse has a national historic designation and is located on East 4th between Lafayette St. and Bowery. Visitors can take a self-guided tour or wait for set times to have a docent show them around. I highly recommend the latter. The tour is around an hour and not only takes visitors through 3 floors of the home but also comes with historic information about New York in the 1800s.
The furniture, clothes and other pieces are in the house are original and one of the decedents had lived there up until the 1930s.
This is a recommend tour and will only take around 1.5 hours in your afternoon.