John Jay’s Bedford House is open for tours Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. The Carriage Barn Education & Visitor Center and our 6 Discovery Centers are closed for the season and will reopen May 1, 2016.

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Herb Society Open Meeting

May 5, 2016 10:00 am–

The New York Unit of the Herb Society of America’s spring meeting and lecture in the ballroom, will feature Sam Sifton. Founding editor of NYT Cooking, food columnist for the Sunday Times Magazine and author of Thanksgiving: How to it Cook Well, Mr. Sifton promotes local and sustainable food sourcing at home and in restaurants. Registration at 10am with coffee; meeting at 10:30 followed by lecture and an herbal luncheon. A donation is suggested. For information and registration, please email

Price: Free Event

I Love My Park Day

May 7, 2016 9:30 am–12:00 pm

Join Friends of John Jay Homestead for a day of service at the 62-
acre John Jay Homestead State Historic Site. Invasive removal and
spring clean-up projects to suit volunteers of all ages and abilities.
Check-in begins at 9:00am. Advance registration requested.

To register individuals,  CLICK HERE

To register groups of 10 or more people, CLICK HERE

For more information, call 914-232-8119.

Price: Free Event

Garden Class

May 11, 2016 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

Get Growing: Planting, Spacing, and Staking
Want some help getting started in the garden? In this class, Shanyn Siegel discusses basic garden logistics and offers some practical tips and techniques for a well-planned and productive garden. 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


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.