Spymaster Activity Box

  • May 2, 2022 - March 1, 2023
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Though widely celebrated for his political and diplomatic achievements, John Jay played an important role in creating a spy network to help defend the colonies during the Revolutionary War. Designed to entertain kids for hours, each Spymaster Activity Box contains an age-appropriate book about Revolutionary spies; spy-themed books; a book full of different types of codes to create and decode; materials and directions for over a dozen spy themed crafts and activities; secret spy gear; additional games and activities you can try at home; and access to supplementary downloadable content. Reading material and activities are designed for children entering grades 2 through 6. The price per box is $100, with a 10% discount to members.  Advanced registration and payment required.  Boxes will be available for curbside pickup from John Jay Homestead on a rolling basis, beginning June 29. We will schedule your pick-up time following receipt of your order.

We have two boxes available with differentiated materials by grade level (Grades 2 & 3 OR Grades 4-6). Please purchase the correct box for your child’s age.

We will email you within 1 week of your purchase with your options for a pick-up date and time.

We do also offer shipping (+$25) within the contiguous 48 United States. We will email after your purchase to get the shipping address information.


  • May 2, 2022 - March 1, 2023
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

American Revolution Activity Box

  • May 2, 2022 - March 1, 2023
    11:00 am - 10:55 pm

Almost 250 years ago, the colonists decided they’d had enough of British rule and wanted to become their own country. They declared their independence, fought a war and worked together to form a new nation. Founding Father John Jay worked in a number of different positions during the Revolution. Along with men like, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and Benjamin Franklin, Jay helped American become its own country. Now it’s your turn to discover what the Revolutionary War was all about. This Activity Box contains materials for hours of excitement as you delve into the world of the American Revolution.

Inside your box you’ll find supplies and directions for several crafts and activities. These include:
• Make your own quill pen
• Write with invisible ink
• Make a cup and ball game
• Lantern making
• And much more!

Your Revolutionary War box also contains two great books; one is about the ins and outs of the Revolution and the other tells us about the British side of the war. We also have included some cool gadgets to help you along the way.

We will email you within 1 week of your purchase with your options for a pick-up date and time.

Unfortunately, due to the contents of this box, we cannot offer shipping.


  • May 2, 2022 - March 1, 2023
    11:00 am - 10:55 pm

Lecture Committee 2022-23

  • May 3, 2022 - June 1, 2023
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Lecture Committee 2022-23

To help develop, promote, and support the participation of distinguished historians and scholars in education and public programs at John Jay Homestead State Historic Site.

Our Committee makes possible this special event that shines a light on our unique Homestead, with a wider reach, no ticket price barrier, and no limit on capacity for students: when our lectures are held virtually, we’ll be requiring registration, we won’t be charging admission.

Committee Members each pledge a minimum gift of $250 per person and receive a signed bookplate by each speaker and, for in-person talks, an invitation to dinner with a speaker.

 


  • May 3, 2022 - June 1, 2023
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Around the World with John Jay Activity Box

  • July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023
    11:00 am - 10:55 pm

You are about to embark on a great adventure!
Founding Father John Jay spent many years traveling throughout the United States and overseas. Your box contains activities for hours of fun while learning about John Jay’s travels, and items you’ll need for your own traveling adventures. Each of the activities in the box is designed to give you a greater understanding of the nations that Jay visited. Have a Georgian masquerade ball like they did in England. Make music with your homemade castanets and pretend you are in Spain. Design your own beautiful tropical fish like you would see in Martinique. And make a hot air balloon like Sarah Jay saw flying in the sky above Paris.
Your Activity Box also contains instructions for additional activities and games you can try at home. We’ve also added items you’ll want for your next expedition including an atlas, backpack, and travel journal.

We will email you within 1 week of your purchase with your options for a pick-up date and time.

We do also offer shipping (+$25) within the contiguous 48 United States. We will email after your purchase to get the shipping address information.


  • July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023
    11:00 am - 10:55 pm

Red Barn Discovery Center – Reservations

  • August 17, 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.

 

 


  • August 17, 2022
    10:00 am - 11:30 am

Guided Historic Landscape Tour

  • August 17, 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


  • August 17, 2022
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Red Barn Discovery Center – Reservations

  • August 17, 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.

 

 


  • August 17, 2022
    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Red Barn Discovery Center – Reservations

  • August 18, 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.

 

 


  • August 18, 2022
    10:00 am - 11:30 am

Guided Historic Landscape Tour

  • August 18, 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


  • August 18, 2022
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Red Barn Discovery Center – Reservations

  • August 18, 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.

 

 


  • August 18, 2022
    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm