Announcements

***Please note the Red Barn is closed for repairs.***

On site purchases may only be made with cash or check as our credit card terminal is temporarily disabled. Credit cards may be used on the website. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

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

Thematic Tour—John Jay & Gouverneur Morris

  • November 1, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

New York Revolutionary Gouverneur Morris died on November 6th, 1816.  Often referred to as the “Penman of the Constitution,” Gouverneur Morris is frequently forgotten among the Founding Fathers. This tour will explore Morris’s political career, his vibrant personality and his close friendship with John Jay.

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.


  • November 1, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

Thematic Tour—John Jay & Gouverneur Morris

  • November 2, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

New York Revolutionary Gouverneur Morris died on November 6th, 1816.  Often referred to as the “Penman of the Constitution,” Gouverneur Morris is frequently forgotten among the Founding Fathers. This tour will explore Morris’s political career, his vibrant personality and his close friendship with John Jay.

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.


  • November 2, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

Music from Copland House – SONIC IMAGES: CHAMBER MUSIC OF AARON COPLAND

  • November 3, 20193:00 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.

Inaugurating this new series is a pre-birthday salute to an artistic icon and Music from Copland House’s namesake – a commanding figure who helped to define the sound and spirit of what he called “a recognizably American musical idiom.” Major chamber works, including the Violin Sonata, Piano Quartet, and Sextet. MCH ARTISTS: Derek Bermel, clarinet; Magdalena Filipczak and Pala Garcia, violins; Danielle Farina, viola; Alexis Pia Gerlach, cello; Michael Boriskin, piano. Additional concerts in this series include:

December 8, 2019, 4PM [AT LYNDHURST]THE LISTENING EYE

March 8, 2020 – SOUNDS FROM THE GILDED AGE

April 26, 2020 – SPOTLIGHTS, NEW AND DISTANT

June 14, 2020 – CULTIVATE 2020

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.

Purchase tickets or get more information at www.coplandhouse.org/events-and-tickets/

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


  • November 3, 20193:00 pm–5:00 pm
Object of the Week
Piano Sewing Box

This piano-shaped necessaire, a small box for holding personal items, was made in France around 1825. It doubles as a sewing kit and music box. The top layer holds scissors, a needle case, a thimble, a hook crochet bodkin, a round winder, two matching reels, a crystal bottle for rose water or perfume, and an awl. Removing this layer reveals the music box underneath. See this, and other items the Jay women would use daily at our Curatorial Fabulous Finds program on Sunday, October 13 at 2pm.

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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