Standard House Tour

  • September 19, 20191:00 pm–2:00 pm
  • September 19, 20193:00 pm–4:00 pm
  • September 19, 20194:00 pm–5:00 pm

During twenty-seven years of service to his state and nation, John Jay looked forward to the day when he would retire with his wife and family to “the house on my farm in Westchester County…” He was finally able to move to the house in 1801. Visitors are invited to take a docent-led tour of John Jay’s Bedford House. The historic house’s interior has been restored to reflect its appearance during John Jay’s lifetime. Well over 50% of the furnishings are original to John Jay and his family.

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.

The Standard Tour of Bedford House is offered Wednesday through Sunday at 1pm, 3pm, and 4pm.

***Please make sure you are purchasing tickets for the correct day and time***

We recommend that you arrive 20 to 30 minutes in advance of your tour to visit our Carriage Barn Education & Visitor Center and watch our orientation video.Tours leave promptly as scheduled. You may not join a tour once it is in progress.


  • September 19, 20191:00 pm–2:00 pm
  • September 19, 20193:00 pm–4:00 pm
  • September 19, 20194:00 pm–5:00 pm

Thematic Tour—The United States Constitution

  • September 19, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

Happy Constitution Month!  On September 17, 1787, the United States Constitution was signed.  Join us as we explore the debates, controversies, and compromises that led to the establishment of the oldest governing document in the world.

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.


  • September 19, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

Play Days @ Jay

  • September 20, 201912:00 pm–2:00 pm
    - It’s time for Autumn! For today’s Play Days @ Jay activity we will be making a Fall leaves from 1:00pm to 1:30pm in the Red Barn.
  • September 27, 201912:00 pm–2:00 pm
    - Let’s visit the chickens! From 1:00pm to 1:30pm visit the chickens in our Brick Lot and learn a little bit about them.
  • October 4, 201912:00 pm–2:00 pm
    - For today’s Play Days @ Jay activity we will be making pine cone bird feeders from 1:00pm to 1:30pm in the Red Barn.
  • October 11, 201912:00 pm–2:00 pm
    - Time to play some games! For today’s Play Days @ Jay activity we will be playing the historical game Hoop & Stick from 1:00pm to 1:30pm.
  • October 18, 201912:00 pm–2:00 pm
    - For today’s Play Days @ Jay activity we will be doing colonial dress up and coloring from 1:00pm to 1:30pm.
  • October 25, 201912:00 pm–2:00 pm
    - For today’s Play Days @ Jay activity we will be making a pumpkin craft from 1:00pm to 1:30pm in the Red Barn.

Pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at the Homestead and explore our Discovery Centers. Education staff will lead a short hands on activity at 1:00pm.


  • September 20, 201912:00 pm–2:00 pm
    - It’s time for Autumn! For today’s Play Days @ Jay activity we will be making a Fall leaves from 1:00pm to 1:30pm in the Red Barn.
  • September 27, 201912:00 pm–2:00 pm
    - Let’s visit the chickens! From 1:00pm to 1:30pm visit the chickens in our Brick Lot and learn a little bit about them.
  • October 4, 201912:00 pm–2:00 pm
    - For today’s Play Days @ Jay activity we will be making pine cone bird feeders from 1:00pm to 1:30pm in the Red Barn.
  • October 11, 201912:00 pm–2:00 pm
    - Time to play some games! For today’s Play Days @ Jay activity we will be playing the historical game Hoop & Stick from 1:00pm to 1:30pm.
  • October 18, 201912:00 pm–2:00 pm
    - For today’s Play Days @ Jay activity we will be doing colonial dress up and coloring from 1:00pm to 1:30pm.
  • October 25, 201912:00 pm–2:00 pm
    - For today’s Play Days @ Jay activity we will be making a pumpkin craft from 1:00pm to 1:30pm in the Red Barn.

Standard House Tour

  • September 20, 20191:00 pm–2:00 pm
  • September 20, 20193:00 pm–4:00 pm
  • September 20, 20194:00 pm–5:00 pm

During twenty-seven years of service to his state and nation, John Jay looked forward to the day when he would retire with his wife and family to “the house on my farm in Westchester County…” He was finally able to move to the house in 1801. Visitors are invited to take a docent-led tour of John Jay’s Bedford House. The historic house’s interior has been restored to reflect its appearance during John Jay’s lifetime. Well over 50% of the furnishings are original to John Jay and his family.

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.

The Standard Tour of Bedford House is offered Wednesday through Sunday at 1pm, 3pm, and 4pm.

***Please make sure you are purchasing tickets for the correct day and time***

We recommend that you arrive 20 to 30 minutes in advance of your tour to visit our Carriage Barn Education & Visitor Center and watch our orientation video.Tours leave promptly as scheduled. You may not join a tour once it is in progress.


  • September 20, 20191:00 pm–2:00 pm
  • September 20, 20193:00 pm–4:00 pm
  • September 20, 20194:00 pm–5:00 pm

Thematic Tour—The United States Constitution

  • September 20, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

Happy Constitution Month!  On September 17, 1787, the United States Constitution was signed.  Join us as we explore the debates, controversies, and compromises that led to the establishment of the oldest governing document in the world.

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.


  • September 20, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

Hudson River Valley Ramble – John Jay’s Not-So-Big City: A Walk Through the History of Old New York

  • September 21, 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.

Details on tour meeting place in lower Manhattan will be emailed to registrants a few days prior to the tour.


  • September 21, 201910:00 am–1:00 pm

Highlights Tour

  • September 21, 201910:00 am–10:25 am
  • September 21, 201910:30 am–10:55 am
  • September 21, 201911:00 am–11:25 am
  • September 21, 201911:30 am–11:55 am

This 25-minute tour of John Jay’s Bedford House will give you a glimpse of the 1820s Parlor, Dining Room, and John Jay’s Bedroom. The rooms are adorned with many of the home’s original furnishings and John Jay Homestead’s collections treasures.

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.

 

This tour is offered Saturdays during our Farm Market at 100am, 10:30am, 11am, and 11:30am.

***Please make sure you are purchasing tickets for the correct time***


  • September 21, 201910:00 am–10:25 am
  • September 21, 201910:30 am–10:55 am
  • September 21, 201911:00 am–11:25 am
  • September 21, 201911:30 am–11:55 am

Herb Garden Day

  • September 21, 201910:00 am–2:00 pm

The N.Y. Unit of the Herb Society of America is revamping its traditional Herb Fair for 2019. Instead of having the traditional Herb Fair in September, this year’s special event(s) are a series of Herb Garden days, coinciding with Saturday Farm Markets at John Jay Homestead. Upcoming dates for these special herb days are Saturdays on June 15, July 20, August 17 and September 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

The N.Y. Unit’s herbal theme for July 20 is lemon herbs; for August 17, basil; and for September 21, rosemary (since the Unit usually gives rosemary samples at the Fair). In addition, Herbs of the Month selected by the national Herb Society of America, will be featured—dandelion for June; lemon verbena in July; galangal for August; and chicory in September. All the specified herbs will be used for tastings, baked goods and family activities. For more information, email herbsocietyny@gmail.com.


  • September 21, 201910:00 am–2:00 pm

Farm Market

  • September 21, 201910:00 am–2:00 pm
  • September 28, 201910:00 am–2:00 pm
  • October 5, 201910:00 am–2:00 pm
  • October 12, 201910:00 am–2:00 pm
  • October 19, 201910:00 am–2:00 pm
  • October 26, 201910:00 am–2:00 pm

Purchase locally produced food and support local, sustainable agriculture. This weekly market offers musical entertainment, featured community organizations, demonstrations, and workshops.


  • September 21, 201910:00 am–2:00 pm
  • September 28, 201910:00 am–2:00 pm
  • October 5, 201910:00 am–2:00 pm
  • October 12, 201910:00 am–2:00 pm
  • October 19, 201910:00 am–2:00 pm
  • October 26, 201910:00 am–2:00 pm

Standard House Tour

  • September 21, 20191:00 pm–2:00 pm
  • September 21, 20193:00 pm–4:00 pm
  • September 21, 20194:00 pm–5:00 pm

During twenty-seven years of service to his state and nation, John Jay looked forward to the day when he would retire with his wife and family to “the house on my farm in Westchester County…” He was finally able to move to the house in 1801. Visitors are invited to take a docent-led tour of John Jay’s Bedford House. The historic house’s interior has been restored to reflect its appearance during John Jay’s lifetime. Well over 50% of the furnishings are original to John Jay and his family.

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.

The Standard Tour of Bedford House is offered Wednesday through Sunday at 1pm, 3pm, and 4pm.

***Please make sure you are purchasing tickets for the correct day and time***

We recommend that you arrive 20 to 30 minutes in advance of your tour to visit our Carriage Barn Education & Visitor Center and watch our orientation video.Tours leave promptly as scheduled. You may not join a tour once it is in progress.


  • September 21, 20191:00 pm–2:00 pm
  • September 21, 20193:00 pm–4:00 pm
  • September 21, 20194:00 pm–5:00 pm