Thematic Tours

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In addition to the Standard Tour of John Jay’s historic Bedford House, we offer a wide selection of specialty tours focused on our collection, and on people and subjects relevant to John Jay, the Jay Family, and John Jay Homestead.   Thematic Tours  Specialty tours are offered at 2pm on days the Historic House is…

Thematic Tours Now Offered Regularly at 2:00PM

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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…

William Jay to Arthur Tappan, June 24, 1833

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Arthur Tappan wrote William Jay, an influential abolitionist, seeking his opinion on establishing an American Anti-Slavery Society, with the hope of giving abolitionists a more collective influence nationwide. This letter in response expresses William’s support for the Society and even includes a suggested preamble for its Constitution. Learn more about the Jay family’s complex relationship…

Bed Warmer 

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Bed warmers were used to heat a person’s bed before going to sleep during the cold nights of winter. The brass pan would be filled with hot stones or embers and passed over the bed sheets to warm them. Despite the cold, John Jay Homestead is open all winter with regular tours Thursday through Saturday…

Hours & Admission

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May through October: John Jay’s Bedford House Hourly, docent-led tours of the historic house are available Wednesday through Sunday at 1, 3, and 4pm. Special, thematic tours are available Wednesday through Saturday at 2pm. A 25-minute, docent-led Highlights Tour is available Saturdays at 10, 10:30, 11am. A 25-minute, docent-led Historic House Tour for Families is available…

Hamilton Newspaper

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The letters sent between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr leading to their fateful duel were published in this July 25, 1804 edition of the New-England Republican. Hamilton’s will, the funeral obsequies, and transcriptions of the funeral orations were also published in the second and third pages. “Hamilton” is written at the top in John Jay’s hand….

Marble Mantel Piece

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When New York State first came into procession of John Jay’s Bedford House in 1959, we embarked upon a large-scale restoration with the intent of returning the house, as much as possible, to its appearance during John Jay’s lifetime. Thought to be from a later period, the marble mantels in the dining room and parlor…

John Paul Jones by Houdon

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This plaster bust of Revolutionary War Naval Commander John Paul Jones was done by French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon in 1787. Often referred to as “The Father of the American Navy,” Jones had several copies of the original marble bust made and sent to John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, and other important figures in the Early Republic. The…

John Jay’s Celestial Globe

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John Jay’s original celestial globe is an optical planetarium, made by notable British globe makers William Bardin and his son Thomas Marriot Bardin, who began production of their globes in 1790. The celestial map shows positions of stars, clusters, nebula, and planetary bulae. The months of the year and corresponding zodiac signs are around the base. The…

Tour Tickets Available Online

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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…

Silk Coin Purse

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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…

Adult Groups

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Thank you for considering John Jay Homestead for your group tour destination. CLICK HERE for our Group Tour Reservation Request Form. Below you will find some important information about our group tour offerings.   Tour Content: Docent-led tours of John Jay’s Historic Bedford House and the historic landscape are available. We can work with your group to…

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***We are having significant issues with our phones and strongly recommend that you contact staff via email. Please click CONTACT US below for direct links to email for all staff. We apologize for any inconvenience*** John Jay’s Bedford House is open for tours Thursday through Saturday at 1, 2, and 3pm. The 1pm and 3pm tours…