Spymaster Activity Box

  • May 2, 2022 - March 1, 2023
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Though widely celebrated for his political and diplomatic achievements, John Jay played an important role in creating a spy network to help defend the colonies during the Revolutionary War. Designed to entertain kids for hours, each Spymaster Activity Box contains an age-appropriate book about Revolutionary spies; spy-themed books; a book full of different types of codes to create and decode; materials and directions for over a dozen spy themed crafts and activities; secret spy gear; additional games and activities you can try at home; and access to supplementary downloadable content. Reading material and activities are designed for children entering grades 2 through 6. The price per box is $100, with a 10% discount to members.  Advanced registration and payment required.  Boxes will be available for curbside pickup from John Jay Homestead on a rolling basis, beginning June 29. We will schedule your pick-up time following receipt of your order.

We have two boxes available with differentiated materials by grade level (Grades 2 & 3 OR Grades 4-6). Please purchase the correct box for your child’s age.

We will email you within 1 week of your purchase with your options for a pick-up date and time.

We do also offer shipping (+$25) within the contiguous 48 United States. We will email after your purchase to get the shipping address information.

American Revolution Activity Box

  • May 2, 2022 - March 1, 2023
    11:00 am - 10:55 pm

Almost 250 years ago, the colonists decided they’d had enough of British rule and wanted to become their own country. They declared their independence, fought a war and worked together to form a new nation. Founding Father John Jay worked in a number of different positions during the Revolution. Along with men like, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and Benjamin Franklin, Jay helped American become its own country. Now it’s your turn to discover what the Revolutionary War was all about. This Activity Box contains materials for hours of excitement as you delve into the world of the American Revolution.

Inside your box you’ll find supplies and directions for several crafts and activities. These include:
• Make your own quill pen
• Write with invisible ink
• Make a cup and ball game
• Lantern making
• And much more!

Your Revolutionary War box also contains two great books; one is about the ins and outs of the Revolution and the other tells us about the British side of the war. We also have included some cool gadgets to help you along the way.

We will email you within 1 week of your purchase with your options for a pick-up date and time.

Unfortunately, due to the contents of this box, we cannot offer shipping.

Lecture Committee 2022-23

  • May 3, 2022 - June 1, 2023
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Lecture Committee 2022-23

To help develop, promote, and support the participation of distinguished historians and scholars in education and public programs at John Jay Homestead State Historic Site.

Our Committee makes possible this special event that shines a light on our unique Homestead, with a wider reach, no ticket price barrier, and no limit on capacity for students: when our lectures are held virtually, we’ll be requiring registration, we won’t be charging admission.

Committee Members each pledge a minimum gift of $250 per person and receive a signed bookplate by each speaker and, for in-person talks, an invitation to dinner with a speaker.

 

Around the World with John Jay Activity Box

  • July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023
    11:00 am - 10:55 pm

You are about to embark on a great adventure!
Founding Father John Jay spent many years traveling throughout the United States and overseas. Your box contains activities for hours of fun while learning about John Jay’s travels, and items you’ll need for your own traveling adventures. Each of the activities in the box is designed to give you a greater understanding of the nations that Jay visited. Have a Georgian masquerade ball like they did in England. Make music with your homemade castanets and pretend you are in Spain. Design your own beautiful tropical fish like you would see in Martinique. And make a hot air balloon like Sarah Jay saw flying in the sky above Paris.
Your Activity Box also contains instructions for additional activities and games you can try at home. We’ve also added items you’ll want for your next expedition including an atlas, backpack, and travel journal.

We will email you within 1 week of your purchase with your options for a pick-up date and time.

We do also offer shipping (+$25) within the contiguous 48 United States. We will email after your purchase to get the shipping address information.

Red Barn Discovery Center – Reservations

  • September 28, 2022
    10:00 am - 11:30 am

Our most popular Discovery Center is available for private experiences!

Learn about what produce was grown here seasonally, try your hand at daily farm chores, look at historic photos of the farm, milk our mechanical cow, and ride our tractor. The building also has an interesting exhibit describing the history of farming on the property.

We offer two 90-minute exploration sessions every Wednesday and Thursday at 10am and 2pm. Each session is a private experience for your family group of up to 15 people. These experiences are free, but reservations are required.

Please leave your pets at home – only service animals are allowed in our buildings.

 

 

Guided Historic Landscape Tour

  • September 28, 2022
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

John Jay began to inherit his land near Bedford, New York in 1785, three years after his father died. The land here had been part of 5200 acres that had been owned by Jay’s maternal grandfather, Jacobus Van Cortlandt. Jay inherited 287 acres here in 1785, and another 316½ contiguous acres two years later when an aunt died. He began developing the land as an income-producing farm in 1787, strictly as an investment at first. He developed it further in the late 1790s, to become his home in retirement. His descendants lived here all the way into the 1950s, and as you walk around the property, you will see many features developed by the different generations of the Jay family. This guided tour is available Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays through October. A self-guided brochure is available at our Carriage Barn Education & Visitor Center as well. Space for the guided tour is limited; advanced ticket purchase is suggested. Ticket holders will meet their tour guide at the Carriage Barn Education & Visitor Center

Red Barn Discovery Center – Reservations

  • September 28, 2022
    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Our most popular Discovery Center is open for private experiences!

Learn about what produce was grown here seasonally, try your hand at daily farm chores, look at historic photos of the farm, milk our mechanical cow, and ride our tractor. The building also has an interesting exhibit describing the history of farming on the property.

We offer two 90-minute exploration sessions every Wednesday and Thursday at 10am and 2pm. Each session is a private experience for your family group of up to 15 people. These experiences are free, but reservations are required.

Please leave your pets at home – only service animals are allowed in our buildings.

 

 

Red Barn Discovery Center – Reservations

  • September 29, 2022
    10:00 am - 11:30 am

Our most popular Discovery Center is available for private experiences!

Learn about what produce was grown here seasonally, try your hand at daily farm chores, look at historic photos of the farm, milk our mechanical cow, and ride our tractor. The building also has an interesting exhibit describing the history of farming on the property.

We offer two 90-minute exploration sessions every Wednesday and Thursday at 10am and 2pm. Each session is a private experience for your family group of up to 15 people. These experiences are free, but reservations are required.

Please leave your pets at home – only service animals are allowed in our buildings.

 

 

Guided Historic Landscape Tour

  • September 29, 2022
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

John Jay began to inherit his land near Bedford, New York in 1785, three years after his father died. The land here had been part of 5200 acres that had been owned by Jay’s maternal grandfather, Jacobus Van Cortlandt. Jay inherited 287 acres here in 1785, and another 316½ contiguous acres two years later when an aunt died. He began developing the land as an income-producing farm in 1787, strictly as an investment at first. He developed it further in the late 1790s, to become his home in retirement. His descendants lived here all the way into the 1950s, and as you walk around the property, you will see many features developed by the different generations of the Jay family. This guided tour is available Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays through October. A self-guided brochure is available at our Carriage Barn Education & Visitor Center as well. Space for the guided tour is limited; advanced ticket purchase is suggested. Ticket holders will meet their tour guide at the Carriage Barn Education & Visitor Center

Red Barn Discovery Center – Reservations

  • September 29, 2022
    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Our most popular Discovery Center is open for private experiences!

Learn about what produce was grown here seasonally, try your hand at daily farm chores, look at historic photos of the farm, milk our mechanical cow, and ride our tractor. The building also has an interesting exhibit describing the history of farming on the property.

We offer two 90-minute exploration sessions every Wednesday and Thursday at 10am and 2pm. Each session is a private experience for your family group of up to 15 people. These experiences are free, but reservations are required.

Please leave your pets at home – only service animals are allowed in our buildings.

 

 

Guided Historic Landscape Tour

  • September 30, 2022
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

John Jay began to inherit his land near Bedford, New York in 1785, three years after his father died. The land here had been part of 5200 acres that had been owned by Jay’s maternal grandfather, Jacobus Van Cortlandt. Jay inherited 287 acres here in 1785, and another 316½ contiguous acres two years later when an aunt died. He began developing the land as an income-producing farm in 1787, strictly as an investment at first. He developed it further in the late 1790s, to become his home in retirement. His descendants lived here all the way into the 1950s, and as you walk around the property, you will see many features developed by the different generations of the Jay family. This guided tour is available Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays through October. A self-guided brochure is available at our Carriage Barn Education & Visitor Center as well. Space for the guided tour is limited; advanced ticket purchase is suggested. Ticket holders will meet their tour guide at the Carriage Barn Education & Visitor Center

Herb Fair

  • October 1, 2022
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This 71st Herb Fair, is organized by the N.Y. Unit of the Herb Society of America to educate visitors about herbs.

The primary purpose of the Herb Society is to educate people about herbs, including their many uses and delights. In addition to its annual Herb Fairs, the N.Y. Unit also created the Herb Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Nancy Bryan Luce Herb Garden at N.Y. Botanical Garden, the John Jay Homestead Herb Garden and several other herb gardens in N.Y. Many members of NYU/HSA are published authors and lecturers on horticulture, in addition to being Master Gardeners.

This year’s fair includes an Herb Table, with knowledgeable N.Y. Unit members able to explain characteristics of each cut herb at the table. A Q & A table featuring knowledgeable members answering all herbal questions. The Bake Table, will be laden with all varieties of herb-infused baked goods. Lovage Soup is once again being served at the Fair. The Ways and Means table, contains many garden items and tools; notecards featuring herbal drawings; dishtowels with herbal decorations; and many other useful items. A number of herb-related vendors are invited to participate at the Herb Fair, selling their wares and distributing herbal information. Vendors will provide soaps, teas, jams, spices, vinegars and other sauces, stationery, jewelry, textiles, pottery, all of which incorporate herbs. Children’s art activities will also take place during the Fair to keep children entertained so parents can more easily shop.

A special Garden Tour is scheduled at 10 a.m., featuring Page Dickey, garden author and Honorary Member of the NY Unit and the original designer of the John Jay Herb Garden.

Featured guest speaker, Deborah Needleman, will discuss the art of blending herbs to make teas, and how to use herbs within your home landscape at 2 p.m.

 

For more information about the 71st Herb Fair, contact Nicoletta Salvi, at (917) 622-3272, or email herbsocietyny@gmail.com.

John Jay’s Not-So-Big City: A Walk Through the History of Old New York

  • October 1, 2022
    10:00 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.

Lecture – Karen Joy Fowler and Philip Kunhardt: A Conversation on Booth

  • October 11, 2022
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Karen Joy Fowler and Philip B. Kunhardt III, In Conversation on Booth

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at Bedford Playhouse

“The line between historical fiction and history can be a very thin one, history itself often becoming a fictional narrative in the service of some agenda.  This is never more clear than when we look at the competing narratives around the Civil War.”

So says novelist Karen Joy Fowler whose book Booth, just long-listed for the 2022 Booker Prize, gives us Lincoln’s assassin through his famous and chaotic family in our most tumultuous and violent era.  We are proud to present her in conversation with Philip Kunhardt, who has devoted his own career to the teaching of biography, and especially the study of Lincoln through documents and objects.

Come hear these two historians explore with each other the degrees of freedom and possibilities of insight that come from very different approaches.

A live broadcast via Zoom will also be available for those unable to attend in person.

Pre-registration is required for either ticket.

 

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Bedford Playhouse

633 Old Post Rd, Bedford, NY

Check in begins at 6:30pm with light refreshments.

 

Join the Lecture Committee here.

Bedford Music Festival

  • October 15, 2022
    12:00 am - 11:55 pm

Save-the-date for the inaugural Bedford Music Festival on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at John Jay Homestead sponsored by destination 39.3 whose mission is to showcase the beauty, vitality and diversity of our three hamlets and promote greater Bedford as a unique place to live, work, play and explore.

We are proud to announce the headline band, SPIN DOCTORS, who will bring some of the greatest hits of the ’90s to our town. The Spin Doctors will be joined by several other exciting local bands. A Taste of Bedford will be held simultaneously at John Jay Homestead. More details to come, but put it in your calendar for this truly unique and special night in the Town of Bedford.

Visit https://www.destination393.org/ for the latest information.

destination 39.3 was started in early 2022 as a resident-led initiative to help create a greater sense of community engagement for the three hamlets of the Town of Bedford. Its moniker gives recognition to the Town’s square mileage and defines a sense of cohesiveness and integration amongst the hamlets.  This dynamic new organization is united in its effort to celebrate the unique gifts and diverse communities of the Town’s hamlets while strengthening commerce, communication and quality of life in the Town.  Six subcommittees drive much of the work within destination 39.3, including Events, Beautification, Community Engagement, Marketing, Policy and Fundraising.