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What to do Today
Guided Tours
While Tours of the Historic House are suspended, we invite you to take a Virtual Tour.
Upcoming Events

Spymaster Activity Box

  • August 27, 2020 - December 31, 2020
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Though widely celebrated for his political and diplomatic achievements, John Jay played an important role in creating a spy network to help defend the colonies during the Revolutionary War. Designed to entertain kids for hours, each Spymaster Activity Box contains an age-appropriate book about Revolutionary spies; spy-themed books; a book full of different types of codes to create and decode; materials and directions for over a dozen spy themed crafts and activities; secret spy gear; additional games and activities you can try at home; and access to supplementary downloadable content. Reading material and activities are designed for children entering grades 2 through 6. The price per box is $100, with a 10% discount to members.  Advanced registration and payment required.  Boxes will be available for curbside pickup from John Jay Homestead on a rolling basis, beginning June 29. We will schedule your pick-up time following receipt of your order.

We have two boxes available with differentiated materials by grade level (Grades 2 & 3 OR Grades 4-6). Please purchase the correct box for your child’s age.

Curb side pick up will be available on weekdays from 10am to Noon. We will email you within 1 week of your purchase with your options for a pick-up date and time.

We do also offer shipping (+$25) within the contiguous 48 United States. We will email after your purchase to get the shipping address information.


  • August 27, 2020 - December 31, 2020
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Historic Landscape Tour

  • September 30, 2020
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • September 30, 2020
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

John Jay began developing approximately 750 acres of land in the Bedford area as an income-producing farm in 1787, strictly as an investment at first; later to become his home in retirement. His descendants lived here into the 1950s. As you walk around the property on this guided tour, you will see many features developed by the different generations of the Jay family. Advanced registration required. Offered Wednesday through Sunday at 10am and 12pm.

The tour will step off promptly, departing from the front of the Carriage Barn.


  • September 30, 2020
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • September 30, 2020
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Historic Landscape Tour

  • October 1, 2020
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • October 1, 2020
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

John Jay began developing approximately 750 acres of land in the Bedford area as an income-producing farm in 1787, strictly as an investment at first; later to become his home in retirement. His descendants lived here into the 1950s. As you walk around the property on this guided tour, you will see many features developed by the different generations of the Jay family. Advanced registration required. Offered Wednesday through Sunday at 10am and 12pm through October.

The tour will step off promptly, departing from the front of the Carriage Barn.


  • October 1, 2020
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • October 1, 2020
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Object of the Week
My Friend Flicka, Illustrated by Eleanor Iselin Wade

We usually offer a series of collections-based programming this time of year, but with the historic house closed in response to COVID-19, we are instead highlighting some collections items in a series of short videos. Watch Collections Manager Arthur Benware’s video presentation on Eleanor Iselin Wade’s illustrations in the 2nd edition of My Friend Flicka. Check back for a new video next week.

News
On the Trail Of Alexander Hamilton Road Trip

Alexander Hamilton was considered the architect of America’s Federal Banking system and a fierce advocate of a strong centralized United States (as opposed to a Confederation of States). Of the 85 Federalist Papers – essays arguing to ratify the United States Constitution – Hamilton authored 51, James Monroe wrote 29, and John Jay – our country’s first…

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Geocache Challange

The Taconic Region of NYS Parks is excited to host its 2020 Geocaching Challenge. Encompassing acres of trails, campgrounds, beaches, golf courses, lakes, valleys, historic sites, waterfalls, and stunning views, we welcome you to come discover and explore our parks and great outdoors. Be one of the first 100 people to collect 45 out of the…

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Enjoy John Jay Homestead while you’re stuck at home!

John Jay Homestead State Historic Site has launched new digital content you can enjoy from home. These fun, interactive activities allow you to experience history while historic house tours are suspended. Learn more about the collection by exploring the Object of the Day or try to solve one of history’s mysteries by being an Object Detective. A…

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