Announcements

BEDFORD HOUSE IS CLOSED FOR THE INSTALLATION OF A FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEM AND HISTORIC RESTORATION.

Our Red Barn Discovery Center and Carriage Barn Education & Visitor Center are closed for the season.

Bedford House is currently closed for the installation of a fire suppression system. Upon completion, work will immediately begin on restoration of the home’s period rooms. That work is scheduled to be completed in 2025, when the building will be reopened to the public.

 





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

Lecture with Sara Cedar Miller & Annual Meeting

  • May 23, 2023
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sara Cedar Miller, Before Central Park

Authoritative, vivid and beautifully photographed, Before Central Park traces “the finest work of art ever executed in this country,” from prehistory, through Indigenous, early European, Colonial, Revolutionary, Civil War and modern eras, with multiple and diverse groups of creatures living alongside each other, sometimes harmoniously and often in conflict. Sara Cedar Miller is the historian emerita of the Central Park Conservancy; she has written three other books about the Park, which celebrates its sesquicentennial this year.

 

This lecture will be preceded by the Friends of John Jay Homestead Annual Meeting at 6:30pm.


  • May 23, 2023
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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News
Jay Family Stories – Chester Tillotson

In 1801 John Jay retired from public life to his farm in Bedford, New York.  The property was a sprawling country estate, around 700 acres.  While the farm was managed by a separate staff, the day-to-day household and estate operations were overseen by John Jay and his daughter Nancy.  In reviewing his account books, Jay…

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Jay Family Stories – Doctors Riots

On the evening of April 14, 1788, an angry mob of almost 5,000 people, or one quarter of the population of New York City, stormed the jail on Broadway yelling, “Bring out your doctors!” To control the crowd Governor George Clinton called in the militia but ordered them not to fire their weapons. He plead…

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