John Jay’s Bedford House is open for tours Wednesday through Sunday at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. The Carriage Barn Education & Visitor Center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12:30-4pm. Our 5 other Discovery Centers are open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am-4pm.

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Master Gardener Lecture

May 25, 2016 10:00 am–

Unlocking Seed Secrets
Want to grow your best vegetable garden ever? It starts with a seed and choosing the right varieties that match your garden conditions. Some considerations are: buying organic seed, using hybrids and avoiding GMOs. Margaret Roach will demystify the “ahas” to get you growing with confidence. Pre-paid admission is $18; $20 at the door. Lecture is held in the Ballroom. Please call Cornell Cooperative Extension at 914-285-3590 for registration and information.

Price: Free Event

Garden Class

May 25, 2016 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

Specialty Crops Primer: Edamame, Okra, and More
Interested in expanding your kitchen garden repertoire? Specialty crops are less common at the market, but they’re not any harder to grow than our regular garden staples. Discover some new, easy to grow crops that will add diversity and beauty to your garden—and your table. Join horticulturist and seed conservationist Shanyn Siegel as she takes you through an entire gardening season with interactive classes designed to help you hone—or discover—your garden skills. Classes explore every topic a vegetable gardener might be interested in and offer practical advice on how to easily maintain a bountiful kitchen garden. Classes are held in the Glass Porch of John Jay’s Bedford House. Advance registration required; $35 per class, discounts for multiple-class or early registration. Class details and registration information at:

Price: Free Event

Bedford Riding Lanes Association Spring Pace and Picnic

May 30, 2016 7:00 am–2:00 pm

Horseback riding pace and lunch begins and ends on the grounds at John Jay Homestead. Advance reservation necessary for participation; call 914-234-BRLA to register. Admission to the grounds is free.

Price: Free Event


Better Than a ‘Hamilton’ Shout-Out? John Jay Manuscript Surfaces

A May 5, 2016 New York Times ArtsBeat blog post and May 6, 2016 article hail the discovery of a missing John Jay manuscript. Jay’s copy of Federalist #2 was found at the Brooklyn Historical Society. John Jay, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison anonymously wrote and published The Federalist Papers, urging ratification of the proposed United States Constitution, in newspapers in New York during 1787 and 1788. Click HERE to read more.

I Love My Park Day

Friends of John Jay Homestead will host volunteers as part of more than 95 cleanup, improvement and beautification events happening statewide on Saturday, May 7. I Love My Park Day is an exciting statewide event to improve and enhance New York’s state parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire state park system and its needs. Volunteers will celebrate New York’s state park system at  John Jay Homestead by restoring trails and wildlife habitat, removing invasive species, and working on various site improvement projects.  Click here to register.

Emily S. Grand Named Executive Director of Friends of John Jay Homestead

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Emily S. Grand has been named Executive Director of Friends of John Jay Homestead, it was announced today by Friends President, Heather Langham. Ms. Grand replaces Ruth Sonshine who served as Executive Director from May 2014 until stepping down this month. Prior to Ms. Sonshine, the position was held by Wendy Ross for 10 years. Ms. Grand begins in her new role on Monday, April 4th. Click HERE to read the full press release.