Standard House Tour

  • October 13, 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.


  • October 13, 20194:00 pm–5:00 pm

Standard House Tour

  • October 17, 20191:00 pm–2:00 pm
  • October 17, 20193:00 pm–4:00 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 Thursday through Saturday at 1pm and 3pm.

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

We recommend that you arrive 15 to 20 minutes in advance of your tour to watch our orientation video shown in the Glass Porch of the Historic House Museum. Tours leave promptly as scheduled. You may not join a tour once it is in progress.


  • October 17, 20191:00 pm–2:00 pm
  • October 17, 20193:00 pm–4:00 pm

Thematic Tour—John Jay & Alexander Hamilton

  • October 17, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

John Jay and Alexander Hamilton were the two most influential New Yorkers in the early republic.  To celebrate the anniversary of the first of the Federalist articles, now known collectively as The Federalist Papers, being published on October 27, 1787, take a tour that explores the relationship between these two men and how their ideas helped shape the country.

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.


  • October 17, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

Play Days @ Jay

  • 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 in the Summer Kitchen (below the front porch of the Main House).
  • 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. Please note the Red Barn is closed for repairs.


  • 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 in the Summer Kitchen (below the front porch of the Main House).
  • 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

  • October 18, 20191:00 pm–2:00 pm
  • October 18, 20193:00 pm–4:00 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 Thursday through Saturday at 1pm and 3pm.

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

We recommend that you arrive 15 to 20 minutes in advance of your tour to watch our orientation video shown in the Glass Porch of the Historic House Museum. Tours leave promptly as scheduled. You may not join a tour once it is in progress.


  • October 18, 20191:00 pm–2:00 pm
  • October 18, 20193:00 pm–4:00 pm

Thematic Tour—John Jay & Alexander Hamilton

  • October 18, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

John Jay and Alexander Hamilton were the two most influential New Yorkers in the early republic.  To celebrate the anniversary of the first of the Federalist articles, now known collectively as The Federalist Papers, being published on October 27, 1787, take a tour that explores the relationship between these two men and how their ideas helped shape the country.

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.


  • October 18, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

The Founders Lecture with Henry Louis Gates, Jr

  • October 18, 20196:00 pm–8:00 pm

Lecture tickets have sold out.

Join us for an evening with Henry Louis Gates, Jr at our Annual Founders Lecture!

Scholar, author, filmmaker, journalist, cultural critic, mentor and institution builder, Gates is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He has authored or co-authored twenty-four books, created twenty documentary films, and received fifty-five honorary degrees. He was a member of the first class of Fellows of the MacArthur Foundation, and the first African American scholar to be awarded the National Humanities Medal. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

His most recent projects are the PBS documentary Reconstruction: America After the Civil War, released in April, and the related book Stony The Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow.

Thank you for your support of Friends of John Jay Homestead!

Lecture tickets have sold out.


  • October 18, 20196:00 pm–8:00 pm

Jay Walking: Big Old Trees!

  • October 19, 201910:00 am–12:00 pm

This walk will focus on really large, native and introduced specimen trees in the Homestead’s very special collection. We’ll visit a massive Cucumber Magnolia, a giant Civil War-era American Sycamore, an elephant parade of European Beech, and others. Our talk will focus on identifying species characteristics, the importance of conserving native species and more. Registration is recommended. Meet at the Friends of John Jay Homestead table at the Farm Market.


  • October 19, 201910:00 am–12:00 pm

Highlights Tour

  • October 19, 201910:00 am–10:25 am
  • October 19, 201910:30 am–10:55 am
  • October 19, 201911:00 am–11:25 am
  • October 19, 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***


  • October 19, 201910:00 am–10:25 am
  • October 19, 201910:30 am–10:55 am
  • October 19, 201911:00 am–11:25 am
  • October 19, 201911:30 am–11:55 am

Farm Market

  • 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.


  • October 19, 201910:00 am–2:00 pm
  • October 26, 201910:00 am–2:00 pm