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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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  • May 31, 20207:00 am–2:00 pm

Horseback riding pace and lunch begins and ends on the grounds at John Jay Homestead. Advance reservation necessary for participation; call 914-234-BRLA to register. Admission to the grounds is free.

  • May 31, 20207:00 am–2:00 pm

Connecting to Collections – Remember the Ladies

  • May 31, 20202:00 pm–3:00 pm

Despite the influential careers of John Jay, his son William, and grandson John II, the women of the Jay family have had the most profound influence on the house as it is today. The tour will explore the lives of some of the Jay women from different generations, and how they each placed their mark on the house in Bedford, and society during their time. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited.

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.

  • May 31, 20202:00 pm–3:00 pm

Music from Copland House – CULTIVATE 2020

  • June 14, 20203:00 pm–5:00 pm

America’s musical past and future meet when the internationally-acclaimed Music from Copland House ensemble – hailed by The New Yorker as “bold,” “adventurous,” and “superb” – moves its popular mainstage concert series to the John Jay Homestead this season. With its unique focus on 150 years of American musical creativity and imagination, explored within broad historical and societal contexts, MCH concerts – included among Westchester magazine’s “Best of the Decade” – offer ear-opening discoveries and surprising cultural journeys. The ensemble’s season features World and New York Premieres, revivals of 19th- and 20th-century masterworks, new pieces written by the 2020 Fellows of Copland House’s highly-anticipated CULTIVATE emerging composers institute (directed by Derek Bermel), and music inspired by the Gilded Age, and by the intersection of music and visual arts. Each program will last an hour, without intermission, and will be followed by a meet-the-artists reception.

Tomorrow’s masters today! Journey to concert music’s cutting-edge, with the World Premieres of six brand new works written especially for Copland House’s acclaimed CULTIVATE emerging composers institute (directed by Derek Bermel). MCH ARTISTS: Derek Bermel and Moran Katz, clarinets; Pala Garcia, violin; Alexis Pia Gerlach, cello; Michael Boriskin and Margaret Kampmeier, pianos.

Individual tickets: $25, $20 (Friends of Copland House, Friends of John Jay Homestead, and Friends of Lyndhurst). Any 3 concerts: $69, $54 Friends. All 5 concerts: $105, $80 Friends.

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Information and tickets may also be obtained at Copland House at (914) 788-4659 or via email or

  • June 14, 20203:00 pm–5:00 pm
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George Washington at Dorchester Heights, was originally painted by Gilbert Stuart in 1806. It was later copied by Moses Swett, whose copy was engraved by Thomas Kelly and turned into a lithograph. Swett’s portrait is in New York City Hall; Stuart’s is at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. This copy of the print has been partially painted over with watercolors.

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

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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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