Thematic Tour—John Jay & George Washington

  • December 27, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

220 years ago, on December 14th, George Washington died at the age of 69.  This tour will discuss how John Jay and George Washington worked together to help build the new nation and shape its identity on the world stage.  It will also explore the enduring friendship between the two men.

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.


  • December 27, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

Holiday Shop – Clearance Sale

  • December 28, 201910:00 am–2:00 pm

All holiday merchandise is 15% off. Browse our expanded selection of merchandise, including many gift items featuring images of John Jay’s Historic Bedford House, Bedford Farm, and the newly installed historic wallpaper found in John Jay’s Office. Books for history lovers; John Jay Homestead Christmas ornaments; 18th & 19th century toys and games; note cards and housewares are also available. The holiday gift shop is located in the Ballroom of the Main House.


  • December 28, 201910:00 am–2:00 pm

Holiday Tour

  • December 28, 20191:00 pm–2:00 pm
  • December 28, 20193:00 pm–4:00 pm

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a guided tour of John Jay’s historic Bedford House focused on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s.

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 Holiday Tour is offered Thursday through Saturday at 1pm, 3pm throughout the month of December.

***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.


  • December 28, 20191:00 pm–2:00 pm
  • December 28, 20193:00 pm–4:00 pm

Thematic Tour—John Jay & George Washington

  • December 28, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

220 years ago, on December 14th, George Washington died at the age of 69.  This tour will discuss how John Jay and George Washington worked together to help build the new nation and shape its identity on the world stage.  It will also explore the enduring friendship between the two men.

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.


  • December 28, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

First Day Family Fun

  • January 1, 20201:00 pm–3:00 pm

Kick-start your New Year’s resolutions with a First Day Hike on the grounds of John Jay Homestead. Warm up by the bonfire with a cup of hot cocoa and browse our Holiday Shop’s end-of-season sale. Pick up your self-guided landscape tour between 1:00pm and 2:00pm at the registration table in our main parking lot. For weather-based cancellation information please visit www.johnjayhomestead.org after 10:00am on the day of the program. Free admission.


  • January 1, 20201:00 pm–3:00 pm

Standard House Tour

  • January 2, 20201:00 pm–2:00 pm
  • January 2, 20203:00 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.


  • January 2, 20201:00 pm–2:00 pm
  • January 2, 20203:00 pm–4:00 pm

Thematic Tour—John Jay & Benjamin Franklin

  • January 2, 20202:00 pm–3:00 pm

Happy birthday Ben! Founding Father Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston on January 17, 1706. Franklin and Jay were political colleagues and personal friends. Join us as we examine the relationship between the two men and how their contributions helped shape our nation. Regular admission fees.

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.


  • January 2, 20202:00 pm–3:00 pm

Standard House Tour

  • January 3, 20201:00 pm–2:00 pm
  • January 3, 20203:00 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.


  • January 3, 20201:00 pm–2:00 pm
  • January 3, 20203:00 pm–4:00 pm

Thematic Tour—John Jay & Benjamin Franklin

  • January 3, 20202:00 pm–3:00 pm

Happy birthday Ben! Founding Father Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston on January 17, 1706. Franklin and Jay were political colleagues and personal friends. Join us as we examine the relationship between the two men and how their contributions helped shape our nation. Regular admission fees.

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.


  • January 3, 20202:00 pm–3:00 pm

Historic House Tour for Families

  • January 4, 202011:30 am–12:00 pm

What was life like 200 years ago? Compare your everyday life with the way the Jay family lived in the early 1800s. This 25-minute tour of the historic house, designed for families with children 10 and under, will focus on the lack of modern conveniences and its impact on everyday life through examining objects such as chamber pots and open-hearth toasters. Children must be accompanied by an adult; adults must be accompanied by a child. Free admission.

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 Historic House Tour for Families is offered Saturdays at 11:30am.

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.


  • January 4, 202011:30 am–12:00 pm