Announcements

***The phones at John Jay Homestead are down. Please click CONTACT US below for direct links to email for all staff. We apologize for any inconvenience***

Phones at Friends of John Jay Homestead do work. 

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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Upcoming Events

Holiday Tour

  • December 19, 20191:00 pm–2:00 pm
  • December 19, 20193:00 pm–4:00 pm

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a guided tour of John Jay’s historic Bedford House focused on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s.

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.

The Holiday Tour is offered Thursday through Saturday at 1pm, 3pm throughout the month of December.

***Please make sure you are purchasing tickets for the correct day and time***

We recommend that you arrive 15 to 20 minutes in advance of your tour to watch our orientation video shown in the Glass Porch of the Historic House Museum. Tours leave promptly as scheduled. You may not join a tour once it is in progress.


  • December 19, 20191:00 pm–2:00 pm
  • December 19, 20193:00 pm–4:00 pm

Thematic Tour—John Jay & George Washington

  • December 19, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

220 years ago, on December 14th, George Washington died at the age of 69.  This tour will discuss how John Jay and George Washington worked together to help build the new nation and shape its identity on the world stage.  It will also explore the enduring friendship between the two men.

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.


  • December 19, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

Candlelight Tour

  • December 19, 20195:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • December 19, 20195:30 pm–6:30 pm
  • December 19, 20196:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • December 19, 20196:30 pm–7:30 pm
  • December 19, 20197:00 pm–8:00 pm

Experience John Jay’s historic Bedford House as it takes on the glow of candlelight to celebrate the holiday season. These unique guided tours of John Jay’s historic Bedford House focus on holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s.

The number of tickets available for each tour is strictly limited. We strongly recommend you purchase your tickets in advance. Tickets are not refundable.

The Candlelight Tours are offered on select Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in December at 5pm, 5:30pm, 6pm, 6:30pm and 7pm.

***Please make sure you are purchasing tickets for the correct day and time***

We recommend that you arrive 15 to 20 minutes in advance of your tour. Tours leave promptly as scheduled from the Ballroom. You may not join a tour once it is in progress.


  • December 19, 20195:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • December 19, 20195:30 pm–6:30 pm
  • December 19, 20196:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • December 19, 20196:30 pm–7:30 pm
  • December 19, 20197:00 pm–8:00 pm
Object of the Week
Daguerreotype of William Jay (1789-1858)
Happy birthday Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre (11/18)! Daguerre invented the daguerreotype photography process in France and introduced it to the French public in 1839. Months later daguerreotypes made their way to America, where an eager public clamored for the miraculous “mirror with a memory.” Daguerreotype images are produced by sensitizing a polished silvered copper plate with iodine vapor, and then exposing the plate to light. The image is developed over hot mercury, fixed, and rinsed. By 1850 American daguerreotypists were producing over three million daguerreotypes each year and New York City boasted more than 70 daguerreotype studios. Daguerreotype portraits were particularly popular thanks to their affordability (today’s equivalent of two to five dollars). William Jay, the youngest son of John Jay, was an ardent abolitionist and pacifist. This daguerreotype portrait, taken by an unknown photographer, captures Jay’s intensity and kindness.
News
Candlelight Tour Tickets Now Available

Experience John Jay’s historic Bedford House as it takes on the glow of candlelight to celebrate the holiday season. These unique guided tours focus on holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Tours are offered Thursday through Sunday, December 12 – 15 & 19 – 22 every half-hour from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. Admission: $15 for…

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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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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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