Announcements

John Jay’s Bedford House is open for tours Wednesday through Sunday at 1, 2, 3, and 4pm.

The 1pm, 3pm, and 4pm tours are the standard house tour.

The 2pm tour is our daily thematic tour. Please check the calendar for details.

On Saturdays we offer a special 25-minute Highlights Tour at 10, 10:30, 11, and 11:30am.

The number of tickets available for each tour is strictly limited. We strongly recommend you purchase your tickets in advance.

The Carriage Barn Education & Visitor Center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12:30pm to 4pm. On Saturdays, the Carriage Barn Education & Visitor Center opens at 10am.

The Discovery Centers are open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 4pm.





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Guided Tours
Open for a regular schedule of docent-led tours, historic Bedford House has been restored to reflect its 1820s appearance during John Jay's lifetime.
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Upcoming Events

Jay Walking: Trees of the John Jay Homestead Farmyard and Pleasure Ground, 1789-2019

  • May 19, 201910:00 am–11:30 am

Massive cucumbers by the barn. Poisonous bushes in the garden. Tulips in the branches. What were the Jay’s thinking? Learn about the rare and native tree species located on the property during this ninety minute walk. Meet in the main parking lot. Registration is recommended.


  • May 19, 201910:00 am–11:30 am

Connecting to Collections – Jewelry & Objects of Vertu

  • May 19, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

This special opportunity includes an up-close look at select pieces of Jay family jewelry and other small objects of beauty selected by our curator.

The number of tickets available for each event is strictly limited. We strongly recommend you purchase your tickets in advance. Please note that all members of your party are required to have a ticket for admittance, even if there is no fee associated with their ticket. Tickets are transferable, but not refundable.


  • May 19, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

Thematic Tour—Homes of the Founding Fathers

  • May 22, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

On May 18, 1768, Thomas Jefferson began to build Monticello. His home, along with those of the John Jay and the other Founders, allow us to understand the men and women who started our nation as individuals, family members, and home owners.

The number of tickets available for each tour is strictly limited. We strongly recommend you purchase your tickets in advance. Please note that all members of your party are required to have a ticket for admittance, even if there is no fee associated with their ticket. Tickets are transferable, but not refundable.


  • May 22, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm
Object of the Week
Marble Mantel Piece

When New York State first came into procession of John Jay’s Bedford House in 1959, we embarked upon a large-scale restoration with the intent of returning the house, as much as possible, to its appearance during John Jay’s lifetime. Thought to be from a later period, the marble mantels in the dining room and parlor were removed. We have since found reference to these mantels in John Jay’s ledger book and correspondence. We are in the process of restoring the mantels and plan to return them to their proper locations. Learn more about John Jay’s Bedford House, and the homes of the other Founding Fathers, on our Thematic Tours offered at 2pm, Wednesday through Saturday, throughout the month of May.

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Tour Tickets Available Online

Tickets for our Standard House Tour and Thematic Tours are now available through our website. Due to tour popularity, and because the number of tickets available for each tour is strictly limited, we strongly recommend you purchase your tickets in advance. Please note that all members of your party are required to have a ticket…

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Thematic Tours Now Offered Regularly at 2:00PM

We are excited to announce that beginning August 1st our 2pm tour will always be a thematic tour. On Wednesday through Saturday (Thursday through Saturday beginning October 15th) we will be exploring historical topics relevant to John Jay, his family, and Jay’s relationships with other Founders. On Sundays through October 15th the thematic tour will…

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We’re Featured on the NEW Hudson River Train Tour App!

Passengers on board Metro-North and Amtrak trains from New York City to Albany can now learn more about John Jay Homestead on their smartphones using the new Hudson River Train Tour App, developed by the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, in partnership with the National Park Service. The app gives rail travelers several tools…

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