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John Jay’s Bedford House is open for tours Thursday through Saturday at 1, 2, and 3pm.

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

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

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  and Discovery Centers are closed for the season.





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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

Thematic Tour—Women of the Jay Family

  • March 21, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm
  • March 22, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm
  • March 23, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

Eight generations of strong, resourceful women who lived from the seventeenth through the twenty-first centuries are discussed. Their stories shed light on the roles of women in upper class homes during this time, and the parts they played in American History.

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.


  • March 21, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm
  • March 22, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm
  • March 23, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

John Jay’s Not-So-Big City: A Walk Through the History of Old New York

  • April 13, 201910:00 am–1:00 pm

Founding Father John Jay was a native son of New York City, but the city he knew was not the metropolis we know today. This tour takes us along many of the same streets John Jay walked as we visit locations where he lived, worked, played, and prayed. Plan to walk approximately 2 miles during this 3-hour tour. Advance registration required. $20; $15 members Friends of John Jay Homestead.


  • April 13, 201910:00 am–1:00 pm
Object of the Week
Sewing Table

This work table is part of a pair that belonged to Nancy and Maria Jay, who were the daughters of John Jay. The sliding fabric screen on the table could be raised, which allowed a woman to work near a fire and protect her face from any discomfort or injury. The tables were commonly used for sewing, embroidery and needlework which were customary pursuits for women during the 19th century. Come see these tables, and learn about the fascinating lives of the Jay women on our Women of the Jay Family tour offered at 2PM every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday during the month of March.

News
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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Sarah Jay, The True First Lady of Fashion

An article, written by the talented Joyce Corrigan about Sarah Livingston Jay, appeared in the February 23, 2018 issue of the Record Review. A special house tour focused on the Jay women is available by appointment. Sarah, Nancy, Eleanor and the rest! Six generations of strong, educated women lived at John Jay’s Bedford House. Their…

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