John Jay is credited as the lead author of New York’s first constitution, written in 1777 just months after America declared its independence from Great Britain. New York’s constitution established three separate branches of government and is widely credited as a key influence on the structure of the United States Constitution. Take a docent-led tour of John Jay’s Bedford House highlighting Jay’s contributions to the formation of State of New York. Tours at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. Regular admission fees apply.