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.
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.
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.
The New York State Constitutional Convention was held in Poughkeepsie in 1788. Prior to the convention the delegates numbered 2 to 1 against ratification. Take a docent-led tour of John Jay’s Bedford House and learn how the Federalists like John Jay and Alexander Hamilton convinced the delegates to make New York the 11th state to ratify the Constitution. Tours at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. Regular admission fees apply.
Did you know that John Jay ran a ring of spies in New York City and Westchester County during the American Revolution? Spies were integral to gathering the information needed by the Continental Army to gain the upper hand on the British enemy. John Jay was also charged with ferreting out British spies in New York City and bringing them to justice. Take a docent-led tour of John Jay’s Bedford House highlighting his role in the intrigues that helped America win the war for independence. Tours at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. Regular admission fees apply.
Celebrate the start of summer vacation at the Homestead’s Family Outdoor Movie Night featuring The Princess Bride. 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 dusk.
Rain date is Thursday, June 28.
Food, beer, wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase.
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.