Announcements

Our Red Barn Discovery Center is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 9am to 4pm through October. It is also available for private reservations on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Bedford House is currently closed for the installation of a fire suppression system. Upon completion, work will immediately begin on restoration of the home’s period rooms. That work is scheduled to be completed in 2024, when the building will be reopened to the public.

 





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

Red Barn Discovery Center – Reservations

  • July 6, 2022
    10:00 am - 11:30 am

Our most popular Discovery Center is available for private experiences!

Learn about what produce was grown here seasonally, try your hand at daily farm chores, look at historic photos of the farm, milk our mechanical cow, and ride our tractor. The building also has an interesting exhibit describing the history of farming on the property.

We offer two 90-minute exploration sessions every Wednesday and Thursday at 10am and 2pm. Each session is a private experience for your family group of up to 15 people. These experiences are free, but reservations are required.

Please leave your pets at home – only service animals are allowed in our buildings.

 

 


  • July 6, 2022
    10:00 am - 11:30 am

Guided Historic Landscape Tour

  • July 6, 2022
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

John Jay began to inherit his land near Bedford, New York in 1785, three years after his father died. The land here had been part of 5200 acres that had been owned by Jay’s maternal grandfather, Jacobus Van Cortlandt. Jay inherited 287 acres here in 1785, and another 316½ contiguous acres two years later when an aunt died. He began developing the land as an income-producing farm in 1787, strictly as an investment at first. He developed it further in the late 1790s, to become his home in retirement. His descendants lived here all the way into the 1950s, and as you walk around the property, you will see many features developed by the different generations of the Jay family. This guided tour is available Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays through October. A self-guided brochure is available at our Carriage Barn Education & Visitor Center as well. Space for the guided tour is limited; advanced ticket purchase is suggested. Ticket holders will meet their tour guide at the Carriage Barn Education & Visitor Center


  • July 6, 2022
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Red Barn Discovery Center – Reservations

  • July 6, 2022
    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Our most popular Discovery Center is open for private experiences!

Learn about what produce was grown here seasonally, try your hand at daily farm chores, look at historic photos of the farm, milk our mechanical cow, and ride our tractor. The building also has an interesting exhibit describing the history of farming on the property.

We offer two 90-minute exploration sessions every Wednesday and Thursday at 10am and 2pm. Each session is a private experience for your family group of up to 15 people. These experiences are free, but reservations are required.

Please leave your pets at home – only service animals are allowed in our buildings.

 

 


  • July 6, 2022
    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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News
Jay Family Stories: John Jay II and the Huguenot Society of America

The Huguenot Society of America was organized in 1883 to promote the cause of religious freedom, and to commemorate the memory of the Huguenots who fled France and settled in the United States. Much of the organizing and promoting that went into creating this society was facilitated by John Jay II, whose great-great grandfather Auguste…

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Jay Family Stories: John Jay II and Stephen Myers

During the years leading up to the Civil War, when tensions were highest, John Jay II and famed abolitionist Stephen Meyers worked closely to help enslaved persons escape to Canada along the Underground Railroad. Jay used his position as an attorney to free people escaping enslavement through the courts in New York City, while Myers,…

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