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Third day : Jumel Morris House



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The third day takes you to the most authentic Napoleon site in New York the Morris Jumel House. This was the home of a famous New York couple in the first half of the 19th century. Their Imperial leanings led them to decorate whole rooms in the Empire style with furniture that used to belong to the Imperial family. Indeed, they were so devoted to the Emperor that they offered him their house after the Battle of Waterloo. After this, visit the historic quarter of Manhattan whose grid plan of dead straight roads, adopted by the Common Council in 1811 during a debate on the future development of the town, was to influence town planning throughout the rest of the USA. You can further prolong your visit to this part of New York by making a stop at General Grant's tomb on Riverside Drive at 122nd Street. There you can pay homage to the man who was Commander in Chief of the Northern Armies during the American Civil War and President of the United States from 1869 to 1877.
Finally, how can you have an itinerary of New York without including the city's most famous symbol, the Statue of Liberty? The idea for such a statue was conceived during the Second Empire, 1865 to be precise, during a dinner at Glatigny, near Versailles, when Edouard Lefebvre de Laboulaye met Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, a young sculptor from Alsace,. These two fervent Republicans came up with the idea of paying tribute to American Independence as a way of combating Napoleon III's authoritarian regime and awakening feelings of nationalism in their compatriots. And from all this came the historic idea that France should offer a statue to America. Bartholdi finished his project after the fall of the Second Empire. Built between 1876 and 1884, the iron lady was exhibited in Monceau Park before being inaugurated in New York in 1886.
To finish off the day, try one last cultural experience with dinner at Ye Wavrely Inn or at the Fraunces Tavern where George Washington saluted his troops for the last time, and enjoy traditional American food, in a picturesque, historic tavern setting.



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