Announcements

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 28, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm
  • March 29, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm
  • March 30, 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 28, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm
  • March 29, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm
  • March 30, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

Thematic Tour—John Jay and Thomas Jefferson

  • April 4, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

Happy Birthday Thomas Jefferson! John Jay and Thomas Jefferson were adversaries during their political careers, but had a mutual affinity for each other that led to a friendship during their retirement. This special tour looks at the relationship between these two Founders.

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.


  • April 4, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

Thematic Tour—John Jay and Thomas Jefferson

  • April 5, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

Happy Birthday Thomas Jefferson! John Jay and Thomas Jefferson were adversaries during their political careers, but had a mutual affinity for each other that led to a friendship during their retirement. This special tour looks at the relationship between these two Founders.

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.


  • April 5, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm
Object of the Week
Silk Coin Purse

This green silk coin purse engraved with “Miss Jay” on the silver frame, belonged to either Nancy or Sarah Louisa Jay, John Jay’s two younger daughters. Coin purses constructed with rigid frames came into popularity in the early 19th century. Often the metal frames were purchased, and the fabric bags were knitted by young women and sewn onto the frame. Objects such as this tell a story about the Jay Women – the subject of our thematic tours offered Thursday through Saturday at 2pm during the month of March.

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Tour Tickets Available Online

Tickets for our Standard House Tour and Thematic Tours are now available through our website. Due to tour popularity, and because 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…

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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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