Announcements

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 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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Upcoming Events

Thematic Tour—John Jay and Thomas Jefferson

  • April 5, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

Happy Birthday Thomas Jefferson! John Jay and Thomas Jefferson were adversaries during their political careers, but had a mutual affinity for each other that led to a friendship during their retirement. This special tour looks at the relationship between these two Founders.

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.


  • April 5, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

Thematic Tour—John Jay and Thomas Jefferson

  • April 6, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

Happy Birthday Thomas Jefferson! John Jay and Thomas Jefferson were adversaries during their political careers, but had a mutual affinity for each other that led to a friendship during their retirement. This special tour looks at the relationship between these two Founders.

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.


  • April 6, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

Thematic Tour—John Jay and Thomas Jefferson

  • April 11, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

Happy Birthday Thomas Jefferson! John Jay and Thomas Jefferson were adversaries during their political careers, but had a mutual affinity for each other that led to a friendship during their retirement. This special tour looks at the relationship between these two Founders.

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.


  • April 11, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm
Object of the Week
Maria Jay’s Gouache

This Gouache (a type of opaque watercolor) is one of a pair that were painted by Maria Jay Banyer, John Jay’s daughter, when she was 18. They depict the Falls of Lodore in Cumbria County, England. Maria copied the original paintings by William Burgess. Maria was a well-educated, and talented artist who continued to draw and sketch throughout her ife. Inspired by the natural world, she collected and studied flowers during her travels in the early 1810s and 20s, and produced several sketches of Niagara Falls. To see the gouache in color, learn more about Maria, and the other fascinating women who lived at Bedford House, take our Women of the Jay Family Thematic Tour offered at 2PM every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday during the month of March.

News
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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Sarah Jay, The True First Lady of Fashion

An article, written by the talented Joyce Corrigan about Sarah Livingston Jay, appeared in the February 23, 2018 issue of the Record Review. A special house tour focused on the Jay women is available by appointment. Sarah, Nancy, Eleanor and the rest! Six generations of strong, educated women lived at John Jay’s Bedford House. Their…

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