John Jay’s Bedford House is open for tours Thursday through Saturday at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. The Carriage Barn Education & Visitor Center and our Discovery Centers are closed for the season and will reopen on May 1, 2017. Tickets are sold out of the Glass Porch in the Main House, to the left of the front porch.

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Family Teaching Garden - Series of 7 Classes

April 30, 2017 4:00 pm–4:45 pm

John Jay Homestead is partnering with InterGenerate to present the Family Teaching Garden Series.  Families will learn through hands-on work how to plant and tend a vegetable garden while exploring plant parts, ecology and, of course, bugs! This year, the Teaching Garden will also be a Giving Garden as the food we grow will be distributed to those in need.

4:00pm - 4:45pm

April 30 - Seeds
May 7 - Roots
May 14 - Stems
June 4 - Flowers
June 11 - Pollinators
June 18 - Bugs in the Garden
June 25 - Spring Harvest

Advance registration required as space is limited to 10 families. $100/family.
Individual classes are also available for $20/class/family. To register for individual classes, please select specific class from events calendar.

Price: $100.00

Available Spaces: 0

Scholars Lecture - Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination

May 1, 2017 6:15 pm–8:30 pm

Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf, Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination.
Gordon-Reed and Onuf are two of the country’s leading Jefferson scholars, at Harvard and the University of Virginia, respectively. Here they portray Jefferson as a man who was able to live with deep contradictions, even in the face of disastrous practical consequences or at the cost of appearing unprincipled. His belief in the rights of man, and his failure to find a practical end to slavery. His love of his family (legal and extralegal) with his inability to save them from the bankruptcy that scattered them at his death. His love of order, and his tolerance for the upheaval that comes with radical change.

All lectures take place in the Iselin Wing at John Jay Homestead. Registration and refreshments begin at 6:15 pm. Lectures begin at 7 pm.
$25; $20 for members. Limited free seating is available for students.

Price: $20.00

Available Spaces: 108

Thematic Tour: John Jay and Thomas Jefferson

May 1, 2017 5:00 pm–6:00 pm

John Jay and Thomas Jefferson were constant adversaries during their political careers, but became friends and corresponded often during retirement.  Take a docent-led tour of John Jay’s Bedford House highlighting the relationship between Jay and Jefferson. Tour leaves from the Glass Porch. Regular admission fees apply.

Price: Free Event

Play Days@Jay

May 5, 2017 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

On Fridays, May through October, pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at John Jay Homestead; explore our 6 Discovery Centers and help volunteers collect eggs from the chicken coop. Education staff will lead a short hands-on activity at 1pm.

Free admission.

Price: Free Event

First Day Family Fun

Join us on our 3rd annual First Day Family Fun and kick-start your New Year’s resolutions with a hike at John Jay Homestead. The first 200 participants will receive a free commemorative fleece scarf. Pick up your self-guided historic landscape tour at 1pm in our main parking lot. Then warm up by the bonfire with…

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Holiday Tours Offered For The First Time In 20 Years

John Jay Homestead State Historic Site is excited to be offering evening holiday tours for the first time in two decades.  These limited candle light tours will take you through John Jay’s 1820s retirement home to discover what the winter holiday season would have been like for Jay and his family.  Period decorations, historic foods…

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Pokémon Go – Catch ‘Em All

PokémonGo – the latest gaming craze that utilizes augmented reality – has come to John Jay Homestead! Visit PokéStops and PokéGyms, collect PokéBalls, and catch Pokémon. The grounds of the Homestead are open from Sunrise to Sunset every day. Don’t forget to look inside the buildings too – the Carriage Barn Education & Visitor Center…

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