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John Jay’s Bedford House is open for tours Thursday through Saturday at 1, 2, and 3pm.

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

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

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 and our Discovery Centers are closed for the season.

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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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Daguerreotype of William Jay (1789-1858)
Happy birthday Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre (11/18)! Daguerre invented the daguerreotype photography process in France and introduced it to the French public in 1839. Months later daguerreotypes made their way to America, where an eager public clamored for the miraculous “mirror with a memory.” Daguerreotype images are produced by sensitizing a polished silvered copper plate with iodine vapor, and then exposing the plate to light. The image is developed over hot mercury, fixed, and rinsed. By 1850 American daguerreotypists were producing over three million daguerreotypes each year and New York City boasted more than 70 daguerreotype studios. Daguerreotype portraits were particularly popular thanks to their affordability (today’s equivalent of two to five dollars). William Jay, the youngest son of John Jay, was an ardent abolitionist and pacifist. This daguerreotype portrait, taken by an unknown photographer, captures Jay’s intensity and kindness.
Candlelight Tour Tickets Now Available

Experience John Jay’s historic Bedford House as it takes on the glow of candlelight to celebrate the holiday season. These unique guided tours focus on holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Tours are offered Thursday through Sunday, December 12 – 15 & 19 – 22 every half-hour from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. Admission: $15 for…

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John Jay featured in The Wall of Spies (and on NPR)

MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: And I’m about to take you inside an unusual museum – unusual because most people will never see it. Normally, you need a top-secret security clearance to get up here. So we’ve just walked down. You’ve just pulled back the curtain. And what are we looking at? BILL EVANINA: The very…

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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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