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What to do Today
Guided Tours
While Tours of the Historic House are suspended, we invite you to take a Virtual Tour.
Upcoming Events

Holiday Tours of Bedford House

  • December 5, 2020
    10:00 am - 10:45 am
  • December 5, 2020
    11:00 am - 11:45 am
  • December 5, 2020
    12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
  • December 5, 2020
    1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
  • December 12, 2020
    10:00 am - 10:45 am
  • December 12, 2020
    11:00 am - 11:45 am
  • December 12, 2020
    12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
  • December 12, 2020
    1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
  • December 19, 2020
    10:00 am - 10:45 am
  • December 19, 2020
    11:00 am - 11:45 am
  • December 19, 2020
    12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
  • December 19, 2020
    1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
  • December 26, 2020
    10:00 am - 10:45 am
  • December 26, 2020
    11:00 am - 11:45 am
  • December 26, 2020
    12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
  • December 26, 2020
    1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a self-guided tour of the first floor of John Jay’s historic Bedford House focused on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s.

Each tour is a private experience for your family group of up to 10 people.

We have timed entry on Saturdays at 10am, 11am, 12pm, and 1pm throughout the month of December.

Advanced purchase required.

We recommend that you arrive 15 to 20 minutes in advance of your tour to watch our orientation video shown in the Glass Porch of the Historic House Museum.

Due to social distancing requirements, we are strictly capped at 10 people per group, including children and infants.

If COVID-19 related regulations change, and we are forced to cancel this event, you will be notified by email and receive a full refund.

All tour participants above the age of 2 must wear a mask.

 

***Please make sure you are purchasing tickets for the correct day and time – you must check the box next to the date and time desired and make sure no other date times are selected. Tickets are not transferrable or refundable.***


  • December 5, 2020
    10:00 am - 10:45 am
  • December 5, 2020
    11:00 am - 11:45 am
  • December 5, 2020
    12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
  • December 5, 2020
    1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
  • December 12, 2020
    10:00 am - 10:45 am
  • December 12, 2020
    11:00 am - 11:45 am
  • December 12, 2020
    12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
  • December 12, 2020
    1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
  • December 19, 2020
    10:00 am - 10:45 am
  • December 19, 2020
    11:00 am - 11:45 am
  • December 19, 2020
    12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
  • December 19, 2020
    1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
  • December 26, 2020
    10:00 am - 10:45 am
  • December 26, 2020
    11:00 am - 11:45 am
  • December 26, 2020
    12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
  • December 26, 2020
    1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Holiday Shop

  • December 12, 2020
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Browse our expanded selection of merchandise, including many gift items featuring images of John Jay’s Historic Bedford House, Bedford Farm, and the newly installed historic wallpaper found in John Jay’s Office. Books for history lovers; John Jay Homestead Christmas ornaments; 18th & 19th century toys and games; note cards and housewares are also available. The holiday gift shop is located in the Ballroom of the Main House.


  • December 12, 2020
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Holiday Shop

  • December 19, 2020
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Browse our expanded selection of merchandise, including many gift items featuring images of John Jay’s Historic Bedford House, Bedford Farm, and the newly installed historic wallpaper found in John Jay’s Office. Books for history lovers; John Jay Homestead Christmas ornaments; 18th & 19th century toys and games; note cards and housewares are also available. The holiday gift shop is located in the Ballroom of the Main House.


  • December 19, 2020
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Evening Gloves

Watch Collections Manager Arthur Benware’s video presentation on one a pair of evening gloves from our collection. Check back for a new video next week.

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