A Brief History: Located in the West Village on 17 Barrow Street, One If By Land, Two If By Sea is known for its grand décor, romantic atmosphere, famous beef Wellington and intriguing history. Built in 1767 as a carriage house it was later purchased by promising politician Aaron Burr in 1794, who would later become the Country’s third Vice President. Burr left New York abruptly in 1804 to evade murder charges brought against him after his duel with Alexander Hamilton. Following Burr’s departure the carriage house exchanged hands several times; it was rumored to have become a pub and bordello during the 1830’s. It finally became the restaurant we know today in 1910 when it was bought and renovated. It has been widely speculated that the restaurant took its name from a line in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “Paul Revere’s Ride”.
Haunted History: With such an illustrious history there have been many stories about haunting activities in the carriage house turned restaurant. Patrons have witnessed dishes moving on their own and chairs being pulled from under them. Stories that the ghost of Burr’s daughter Theodosia Burr Alston, who vanished off the coast of the Carolina’s in a shipwreck en route to visit her father, have said she is known for removing the earrings of female patrons.