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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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

Herb Garden Day

  • July 20, 201910:00 am–2:00 pm

The N.Y. Unit of the Herb Society of America is revamping its traditional Herb Fair for 2019. Instead of having the traditional Herb Fair in September, this year’s special event(s) are a series of Herb Garden days, coinciding with Saturday Farm Markets at John Jay Homestead. Upcoming dates for these special herb days are Saturdays on June 15, July 20, August 17 and September 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

The N.Y. Unit’s herbal theme for July 20 is lemon herbs; for August 17, basil; and for September 21, rosemary (since the Unit usually gives rosemary samples at the Fair). In addition, Herbs of the Month selected by the national Herb Society of America, will be featured—dandelion for June; lemon verbena in July; galangal for August; and chicory in September. All the specified herbs will be used for tastings, baked goods and family activities. For more information, email herbsocietyny@gmail.com.


  • July 20, 201910:00 am–2:00 pm

Thematic Tour—John Jay & The Revolutionary War

  • July 20, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

Happy birthday America! Although John Jay did not sign the Declaration of Independence, he was a passionate supporter of our fight for freedom. Jay served on a committee exposing and prosecuting Loyalists, led a ring of spies, and eventually gained favorable terms in our peace agreement to end the war. Take a docent-led tour of John Jay’s home to explore these and other contributions John Jay made toward our nations birth.

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.


  • July 20, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

Connecting to Collections – Curatorial Fabulous Finds: All That Glitters Is Not Gold

  • July 21, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

Silver has been used for centuries to fashion ornamental utensils such as trays, tea sets, and silverware. Take a closer look at a tea urn owned by John Jay, the sword he wore in the British Court in the 1790s, a teapot pot that descended through Sarah Jay’s matrilineal line, and many other exquisite silver pieces.

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.


  • July 21, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm
Object of the Week
Objects from Everyday Life

The “JJ” monogrammed dinner service was made in the early 1770s, likely for the occasion of John and Sarah Jay’s wedding in 1774. It is Chinese export armorial porcelain, popular at the time. The pattern appears to be standard, with the monogram added for customization. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a set with this same pattern in their collection that belonged to Samuel Chase. The horn-handle silverware was purchased by the Jays in the 1820s. The dyed green look is achieved through a combination of verdigris, vinegar, and manure. See other objects from everyday life in the 18th and 19th century during our curatorial talk on Sunday, June 16th at 2pm.

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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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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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