Announcements

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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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

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!

Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, author, scholar, journalist, cultural critic, mentor to a generation of scholars, 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-one books and created fifteen documentary films.

The recipient of fifty-five honorary degrees and numerous prizes, he was a member of the first class of Fellows of the MacArthur Foundation in 1981, and in 1998, became the first African American scholar to be awarded the National Humanities Medal. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  He has received grant funding to develop a Finding Your Roots curriculum to teach students science through genetics and genealogy.

His most recent project, released in February, is the PBS documentary Reconstruction:  America After the Civil War, and the co-released 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

Thematic Tour—John Jay & Alexander Hamilton

  • October 19, 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 19, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

Thematic Tour—John Jay & Alexander Hamilton

  • October 24, 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 24, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm
Object of the Week
John Jay’s Walking Stick


This walking stick was a gift to John Jay from his friend and colleague William Bingham. The two met while serving on the Committee of Secret Correspondence during the American Revolution, but did not become close until a chance encounter on Bingham’s post of Martinique while the Jays were travelling to Spain on a diplomatic mission. The engraving on the knob reads, “Wm. Bingham to John Jay, 1783.” Learn more about Jay’s role in the American Revolution during our Thematic Tour offered at 2pm, Wednesday through Saturday during July.

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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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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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