Announcements

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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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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

Scholars Lecture: Separate with Steve Luxenberg

  • February 11, 20207:00 pm–8:00 pm

Steve Luxenberg, Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation

Separate traces the careful building in 1896 of a test case to establish freedom from race-based segregation in public accommodations. The strategy backfired badly in Plessy v. Ferguson, when the Supreme Court ruled that “separate but equal” did not violate the Constitution. Justice John Marshall Harlan was the sole dissenter, declaring that “the Constitution is color-blind” and it would take 60 years to reverse the precedent, in Brown v. Board of Education. Luxenberg is an associate editor at The Washington Post, and oversaw reporting that won two Pulitzers.

 

All lectures take place in the Iselin Wing at John Jay Homestead. Check in and refreshments begin at 6:30 pm. Lectures begin at 7:00 pm.

Member Ticket: $20

Non-Member Ticket: $25

Student Ticket: Free (must register)


  • February 11, 20207:00 pm–8:00 pm

Thematic Tour—Slavery & Abolition

  • February 13, 20202:00 pm–3:00 pm

The story of the Jay family, their slaves, and the way the generations of the Jays acted in response to slavery is complex. Glimpses of the past these stories give are enlightening, and in many cases, surprising.  Most of all, they can be a springboard toward developing a deeper understanding of the people who are part of this story: The Jays, the slaves, and the many people who strived to end slavery in America. Regular admission fees.

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.


  • February 13, 20202:00 pm–3:00 pm

Thematic Tour—Slavery & Abolition

  • February 14, 20202:00 pm–3:00 pm

The story of the Jay family, their slaves, and the way the generations of the Jays acted in response to slavery is complex. Glimpses of the past these stories give are enlightening, and in many cases, surprising.  Most of all, they can be a springboard toward developing a deeper understanding of the people who are part of this story: The Jays, the slaves, and the many people who strived to end slavery in America. Regular admission fees.

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.


  • February 14, 20202:00 pm–3:00 pm
Object of the Week
Fun in the Snow c.1920

This photo depicts William Jay Iselin, Dorothy Iselin, and Eleanor Iselin – children of Arthur & Eleanor Jay Iselin (John Jay’s great-great-granddaughter) – enjoying the snowy outdoors with their dog. The Homestead is open daily from sunrise to sunset for winter hiking, snowshoeing, and x-country skiing – we welcome your on-leash pets to join you! Tours of Bedford House are offered Thursday through Saturday at 1, 2, and 3pm – check our calendar for details.

News
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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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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