John Jay’s Bedford House is open for tours Wednesday through Sunday at 1, 2, 3, and 4pm.

The 1pm, 3pm, and 4pm tours are the standard house tour.

The 2pm tour is our daily thematic tour. Please check the calendar for details.

On Saturdays we offer a special 25-minute Highlights Tour at 10, 10:30, 11, and 11:30am.

The number of tickets available for each tour is strictly limited. We strongly recommend you purchase your tickets in advance.

The Carriage Barn Education & Visitor Center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12:30pm to 4pm. On Saturdays, the Carriage Barn Education & Visitor Center opens at 10am.

The Discovery Centers are open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

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Guided Tours
Open for a regular schedule of docent-led tours, historic Bedford House has been restored to reflect its 1820s appearance during John Jay's lifetime.
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Upcoming Events

Thematic Tour—John Jay & Alexander Hamilton

  • October 18, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

John Jay and Alexander Hamilton were the two most influential New Yorkers in the early republic.  To celebrate the anniversary of the first of the Federalist articles, now known collectively as The Federalist Papers, being published on October 27, 1787, take a tour that explores the relationship between these two men and how their ideas helped shape the country.

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.

  • October 18, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

The Founders Lecture with Henry Louis Gates, Jr

  • October 18, 20196:00 pm–8:00 pm

Join us for an evening with Henry Louis Gates, Jr at our Annual Founders Lecture!

Scholar, author, filmmaker, journalist, cultural critic, mentor and institution builder, Gates is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He has authored or co-authored twenty-four books, created twenty documentary films, and received fifty-five honorary degrees. He was a member of the first class of Fellows of the MacArthur Foundation, and the first African American scholar to be awarded the National Humanities Medal. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

His most recent projects are the PBS documentary Reconstruction: America After the Civil War, released in April, and the related book Stony The Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow.


If you cannot attend, we hope you will consider making a donation.

Thank you for your support of Friends of John Jay Homestead!

  • October 18, 20196:00 pm–8:00 pm

Jay Walking: Big Old Trees!

  • October 19, 201910:00 am–12:00 pm

This walk will focus on really large, native and introduced specimen trees in the Homestead’s very special collection. We’ll visit a massive Cucumber Magnolia, a giant Civil War-era American Sycamore, an elephant parade of European Beech, and others. Our talk will focus on identifying species characteristics, the importance of conserving native species and more. Registration is recommended. Meet at the Friends of John Jay Homestead table at the Farm Market.

  • October 19, 201910:00 am–12:00 pm
Object of the Week
Chinese Export Tea Service

The surviving pieces in this set are decorated in the Mandarin style popular at the turn of the 19th century. They depict images of high-ranking bureaucrats of the Chinese Empire, known as Mandarins, surrounded by panels of flowers and other ornamental designs. The coloring of this set is typical for the period with a combination of vibrant orange, purple, iron red, and strong green over an under glaze of blue. Chinese export remained popular through the 19th century; by the end of the century, the traditional blue-and-white porcelain became collectible and emblematic of the colonial era.

Tour Tickets Available Online

Tickets for our Standard House Tour and Thematic Tours are now available through our website. Due to tour popularity, and because 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…

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Thematic Tours Now Offered Regularly at 2:00PM

We are excited to announce that beginning August 1st our 2pm tour will always be a thematic tour. On Wednesday through Saturday (Thursday through Saturday beginning October 15th) we will be exploring historical topics relevant to John Jay, his family, and Jay’s relationships with other Founders. On Sundays through October 15th the thematic tour will…

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We’re Featured on the NEW Hudson River Train Tour App!

Passengers on board Metro-North and Amtrak trains from New York City to Albany can now learn more about John Jay Homestead on their smartphones using the new Hudson River Train Tour App, developed by the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, in partnership with the National Park Service. The app gives rail travelers several tools…

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