Visiting New York State Parks During the COVID-19 Outbreak:

New York state parks, trails, and grounds of historic sites are open for solitary outdoor recreation. To encourage social distancing during this crisis;
• All public programs and events are CANCELED until further notice.
• All indoor visitor facilities, such as nature centers, visitor centers, and historic houses, will be CLOSED to the public until further notice.
• For the safety of all visitors and to stop the spread of COVID-19, all State Park playgrounds, athletic courts and sporting fields are CLOSED.
If you do plan on visiting, it should be for a solitary nature break. Please limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact, and avoid activities where you may come in close contact with other people. If you arrive at a park and crowds are forming, choose a different park, a different trail or return another time/day to visit. We appreciate your support and patience as we navigate this public health crisis together.
Learn more about COVID-19 and its impact on NY State Parks operations. Visit: COVID-19 UPDATE


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Object of the Week
Mary Jay Schieffelin

Mary Jay Schieffelin (1845-1916)
Atelier Adele Studio,
Vienna, Austria-Hungary



Mary was the daughter of John Jay II, and great-granddaughter of John Jay. She married William Henry Schieffelin (1836-1895). A photograph of their wedding celebration at Bedford House, taken by Matthew Brady, is in the collection of John Jay Homestead. Both of these photos were included in our Moments in Time: Photographs from the Jay Family Collections, a digital version of which can be seen HERE

Enjoy John Jay Homestead while you’re stuck at home!

John Jay Homestead State Historic Site has launched new digital content you can enjoy from home. These fun, interactive activities allow you to experience history while historic house tours are suspended. Learn more about the collection by exploring the Object of the Day or try to solve one of history’s mysteries by being an Object Detective. A…

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

MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: And I’m about to take you inside an unusual museum – unusual because most people will never see it. Normally, you need a top-secret security clearance to get up here. So we’ve just walked down. You’ve just pulled back the curtain. And what are we looking at? BILL EVANINA: The very…

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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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