Holiday Tour

  • December 26, 20191:00 pm–2:00 pm
  • December 26, 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 26, 20191:00 pm–2:00 pm
  • December 26, 20193:00 pm–4:00 pm

Thematic Tour—John Jay & George Washington

  • December 26, 20192:50 pm–3:50 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 26, 20192:50 pm–3:50 pm

Holiday Tour

  • December 27, 20191:00 pm–2:00 pm
  • December 27, 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 27, 20191:00 pm–2:00 pm
  • December 27, 20193:00 pm–4:00 pm

Thematic Tour—John Jay & George Washington

  • December 27, 20192:50 pm–3:50 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, 20192:50 pm–3:50 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, 20192:50 pm–3:50 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, 20192:50 pm–3:50 pm

Scholars Lecture: The Field of Blood with Joanne Freeman

  • January 16, 20206:30 pm–8:00 pm

Joanne Freeman, The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War
In 1856 Charles Sumner of Massachusetts was caned nearly to death on the Senate floor by Preston Brooks of South Carolina. Now Joanne Freeman has found 70 more examples beginning in the 1830s of increasing physical violence, sectional intensity, and paralyzing effect on Congress. Field of Blood was named a finalist for the Lincoln Prize, and has been included on many notables lists, including the New York Times and Smithsonian. Freeman teaches History and American Studies at Yale, where she won a DeVane Award for distinction in teaching.

 

All lectures take place in the Iselin Wing at John Jay Homestead. Check in and refreshments begin at 6:30 pm. Lectures begin at 7:00 pm.

Member Ticket: $20

Non-Member Ticket: $25

Student Ticket: Free (must register)


  • January 16, 20206:30 pm–8:00 pm

Scholars Lecture: Separate with Steve Luxenberg

  • February 11, 20206:30 pm–8:00 pm

Steve Luxenberg, Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation

Separate traces the careful building in 1896 of a test case to establish freedom from race-based segregation in public accommodations. The strategy backfired badly in Plessy v. Ferguson, when the Supreme Court ruled that “separate but equal” did not violate the Constitution. Justice John Marshall Harlan was the sole dissenter, declaring that “the Constitution is color-blind” and it would take 60 years to reverse the precedent, in Brown v. Board of Education. Luxenberg is an associate editor at The Washington Post, and winner of two Pulitzer prizes.

 

All lectures take place in the Iselin Wing at John Jay Homestead. Check in and refreshments begin at 6:30 pm. Lectures begin at 7:00 pm.

Member Ticket: $20

Non-Member Ticket: $25

Student Ticket: Free (must register)


  • February 11, 20206:30 pm–8:00 pm

Scholars Lecture: The Second Founding with Eric Foner

  • March 12, 20206:30 pm–8:00 pm

Eric Foner, The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution

The 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments abolished slavery, defined birthright citizenship, and prohibited denial of the right to vote based on race. Foner explores the circumstances under which these Amendments were passed, and the ways in which they’re being interpreted still, as recently as 2013, when the Supreme Court declined to use the 15th Amendment to strike down laws which make it more difficult for non-whites to vote. Foner is the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, and winner of the Pulitzer, Bancroft and Lincoln Prizes, as well as multiple other awards and honors.

 

All lectures take place in the Iselin Wing at John Jay Homestead. Check in and refreshments begin at 6:30 pm. Lectures begin at 7:00 pm.

Member Ticket: $20

Non-Member Ticket: $25

Student Ticket: Free (must register)


  • March 12, 20206:30 pm–8:00 pm