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

The Founders Lecture with Henry Louis Gates, Jr

  • October 18, 20196:00 pm–8:00 pm

Join us for an evening with Henry Louis Gates, Jr at our Annual Founders Lecture!

Scholar, author, filmmaker, journalist, cultural critic, mentor and institution builder, Gates is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He has authored or co-authored twenty-four books, created twenty documentary films, and received fifty-five honorary degrees. He was a member of the first class of Fellows of the MacArthur Foundation, and the first African American scholar to be awarded the National Humanities Medal. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

His most recent projects are the PBS documentary Reconstruction: America After the Civil War, released in April, and the related book Stony The Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow.


If you cannot attend, we hope you will consider making a donation.

Thank you for your support of Friends of John Jay Homestead!

  • October 18, 20196:00 pm–8:00 pm

Jay Walking: Big Old Trees!

  • October 19, 201910:00 am–12:00 pm

This walk will focus on really large, native and introduced specimen trees in the Homestead’s very special collection. We’ll visit a massive Cucumber Magnolia, a giant Civil War-era American Sycamore, an elephant parade of European Beech, and others. Our talk will focus on identifying species characteristics, the importance of conserving native species and more. Registration is recommended. Meet at the Friends of John Jay Homestead table at the Farm Market.

  • October 19, 201910:00 am–12:00 pm

Thematic Tour—John Jay & Alexander Hamilton

  • October 19, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

John Jay and Alexander Hamilton were the two most influential New Yorkers in the early republic.  To celebrate the anniversary of the first of the Federalist articles, now known collectively as The Federalist Papers, being published on October 27, 1787, take a tour that explores the relationship between these two men and how their ideas helped shape the country.

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.

  • October 19, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm
Object of the Week
Union Army Colonel William Jay

This week’s objects remember William Jay II’s service in the Civil War. Taken in 1865, the photo depicts William, in uniform, with his older sister, Eleanor Jay Chapman. The letter he wrote to his younger sister, Mary Jay, to congratulate her on her engagement to William Schieffelin. In it he expressed his fear that not only might he miss her wedding, he may “never get home again.” Join us at our Curatorial Fabulous Finds program on Sunday, September 15 at 2pm to examine these and other important Jay documents in our collection.

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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