“Sacred to the Memory:” 1865 Funeral Reenactment
Where: Merchant's House Museum
29 E. 4th St.
212-777-1089 Price: $45
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In the 19th century, death and funerals took place at home. Join us in the Tredwells’ double parlor hung with black crepe as we recreate the 1865 funeral service of family patriarch Seabury Tredwell and discuss the funerary customs of 19th century New York City.
Before the service, mourners may view the exhibition, Death, Mourning, and the Hereafter, and pay their last respects at Seabury Tredwell’s deathbed upstairs — and offer condolences to Seabury’s widow, Eliza, portrayed by a costumed interpreter. And take a “postmortem” photograph in a 19th century coffin #MHMcoffin2019.
After the service, mourners follow the coffin to nearby New York City Marble Cemetery – rarely open to the public – for the graveside service and cemetery talk. 19th century mourning attire is encouraged.
VIP tickets include front-row seating, black armbands (and the opportunity to lead the graveyard procession as a pallbearer).Buy tickets/get more info now