Play Days @ Jay

May 12, 2018 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

On Fridays, May through October, pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at John Jay Homestead; explore our 6 Discovery Centers and come visit the chicken coop. Education staff will lead a short hands-on activity at 1pm.

Price: Free Event

Thematic Tour: Connecting to Collections – Fine Arts

July 1, 2018 2:00 pm–3:00 pm

The Homestead’s expert staff offers a guided exploration of the paintings and sculptures on display in John Jay’s historic Bedford home. The multiple generations of Jays who lived at the Homestead collected art in many forms including family portraits, an original landscape by Thomas Cole, a plaster bust by Jean-Antoine Houdon, and prints given to John Jay by John Trumbull of his most famous history paintings. Join us as we delve into the artistic record of the American Revolution and the Jay Family. Regular admission fees apply.

Price: Free Event

Independence Day Fair

July 4, 2018 11:00 am–4:00 pm

Join John Jay Homestead and the Rotary Club of Bedford-Armonk in a celebration of America’s founding with a spirited reading of The Declaration of Independence, live music, food, crafts, games, house tours, and plenty of other activities. Free admission to the grounds; fees apply for food and drink, and some fair activities.

Price: Free Event

Thematic Tour: Connecting to Collections – Furniture

July 8, 2018 2:00 pm–3:00 pm

As part of our thematic tour series, the Homestead’s expert staff offers a special look at the furniture on exhibit in John Jay’s historic Bedford home. Get a glimpse of how the Jays lived, worked, and played during the early nineteenth century while exploring each object’s own biography! Explore the styles, methods of construction, and fine materials of these fascinating artifacts created by artisans in America and Europe. Regular admission fees apply.

Price: Free Event

Thematic Tour: The Death of Alexander Hamilton

July 11, 2018 1:00 pm–5:00 pm

Alexander Hamilton, John Jay’s fellow New Yorker and close ally in the Federalist cause, famously died on July 12, 1804, following a duel the previous day with Aaron Burr. Duels were fought over political differences and personal ones between the elite classes in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century America and Europe. Take a docent-led tour of John Jay’s Bedford House highlighting Jay’s connection to this deadly cultural practice and his relationship with Hamilton. Tours at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. Regular admission fees apply.

Price: Free Event

Thematic Tour: The Death of Alexander Hamilton

July 15, 2018 2:00 pm–3:00 pm

Alexander Hamilton, John Jay’s fellow New Yorker and close ally in the Federalist cause, famously died on July 12, 1804, following a duel the previous day with Aaron Burr. Duels were fought over political differences and personal ones between the elite classes in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century America and Europe. Take a docent-led tour of John Jay’s Bedford House highlighting Jay’s connection to this deadly cultural practice and his relationship with Hamilton. Regular admission fees apply.

Price: Free Event

Outdoor Summer Movie - Back to the Future

July 20, 2018 7:00 pm–10:00 pm

Celebrate the start of summer vacation at the Homestead’s Family Outdoor Movie Night featuring Back to the Future. Enjoy dinner from popular food trucks.  Kids activities by Breezemont Day Camp. Bring a chair or blanket to eat, play, watch and relax! Presented by Friends of John Jay Homestead & Delamata Designs. Food and activities begin at 7pm, movie starts at 8:30pm.

Rain date is Thursday, July 26.

Admission: $10/car

Food, beer, wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

Price: $5.00

Thematic Tour: Connecting to Collections – Decorative Arts

July 22, 2018 2:00 pm–3:00 pm

Join the Homestead’s expert staff for a tour of the decorative arts found throughout John Jay’s historic Bedford house. Connect with John and Sarah Jay and their children through an in-depth look at the objects that inhabited their daily lives. Experience the artistry required to produce elegant porcelain dinnerware, an intricate silver coffee service, a gilded candelabra, and so much more. Regular admission fees apply.

Price: Free Event

Thematic Tour: The New York State Constitution

July 26, 2018 1:00 pm–5:00 pm

John Jay is credited as the lead author of New York’s first constitution, written in 1777 just months after America declared its independence from Great Britain. New York’s constitution established three separate branches of government and is widely credited as a key influence on the structure of the United States Constitution. Take a docent-led tour of John Jay’s Bedford House highlighting Jay’s contributions to the formation of State of New York. Tours at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. Regular admission fees apply.

Price: Free Event

Thematic Tour: The New York State Constitution

July 29, 2018 2:00 pm–3:00 pm

John Jay is credited as the lead author of New York’s first constitution, written in 1777 just months after America declared its independence from Great Britain. New York’s constitution established three separate branches of government and is widely credited as a key influence on the structure of the United States Constitution. Take a docent-led tour of John Jay’s Bedford House highlighting Jay’s contributions to the formation of State of New York. Regular admission fees apply.

Price: Free Event