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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Guided Tours
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

Connecting to Collections – Imported From The Past

  • August 25, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

While John Jay was an American through and through, he and his family had a great appreciation for the unique culture, and creativity of many of the world’s other nations. This tour will explore several pieces that were imported by Jay, and his descendants over the years, and how their craftsmanship reflects the nation of origin.

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.


  • August 25, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

Thematic Tour—John Jay & His Huguenot Heritage

  • August 28, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

On August 24, 1517, thousands of French Huguenots were killed as part of the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre.  This event, and the continued persecutions of Jay’s ancestors led his grandfather to flee France and establish himself in America.  This tour will look at the Jay family’s Huguenot heritage and examine how its influence shaped John Jay’s beliefs.

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.


  • August 28, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

Thematic Tour—John Jay & His Huguenot Heritage

  • August 29, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

On August 24, 1517, thousands of French Huguenots were killed as part of the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre.  This event, and the continued persecutions of Jay’s ancestors led his grandfather to flee France and establish himself in America.  This tour will look at the Jay family’s Huguenot heritage and examine how its influence shaped John Jay’s beliefs.

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.


  • August 29, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm
Object of the Week
Auguste Jay’s Book of Common Prayer

This Book of Common Prayer, the official service book of the Church of England, belonged to John Jay’s paternal grandfather, Auguste Jay. Auguste, the first Jay to come to America, was a Huguenot fleeing religious persecution in France following the revocation of the Edict of Nantes by French King Louis XIV. Many Huguenot churches in New York, including St. Espirit Church where Auguste was a member, formally conformed to the Church of England.

News
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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