What attractions are accessible?
The first floor of John Jay’s Bedford House is accessible including first floor period rooms, back parlor gallery, and Iselin wing ballroom. In order to view the second floor period rooms, visitors must climb a flight of 19 steps. The Carriage Barn Education & Visitor Center is fully accessible, as is the Red Barn. The public restrooms located in the historic Laundry building are also fully accessible. Other attractions have limited accessibility. If you have any questions about the accessibility of specific attractions or areas of the property, please call the museum office at 914-232-5651.
Where are accessible parking spots located?
For visitors to the Carriage Barn Education & Visitor Center and Red Barn Discovery Center, there is an accessible parking spot located in the farm complex adjacent to the Carriage Barn’s courtyard. For visitors to John Jay’s Bedford House, there are accessible parking spots located at the top of the driveway on the east side of the building. Recreational visitors will find an accessible parking spot adjacent to the public restrooms. Accessible parking for special events and our seasonal farm market are temporarily located as close as possible to the event entrance; a parking attendant will assist you in locating these.
What does “carry-in, carry-out” mean?
We require that you remove any remnants of what you bring in to the park. For example, if you have a picnic, you must take all your trash with you when you leave.
Do you have food service available?
We sell light snacks, such as chips and granola bars, in our seasonal Carriage Barn gift shop. Our Farm Market, operating Saturdays during the summer and fall often features prepared food vendors. Please note that at this time we can only accept cash or check for gift shop purchases, including food.
What about beverages?
A small assortment of hot and cold beverages is available for purchase in our gift shop. A drinking fountain is located in the public restrooms. Please note that at this time we can only accept cash or check for gift shop purchases, including beverages.
Are food/drinks allowed on the tour?
We do not allow food or beverages to be consumed while touring John Jay’s Bedford House. Food and beverages may be consumed elsewhere on the property.
I would like to trailer my horse to John Jay Homestead. Is that allowed?
Horse trailer parking is located in the back of the property, close to the maintenance garage. Parking and use of our trails is limited to members of the Bedford Riding Lanes Association. Click HERE for more information.
May I take photos/videos for personal use?
Photography is permitted in all areas of the historic site. We do not allow the use of flash or video within John Jay’s Bedford House.
May I take my wedding photographs/videos at John Jay Homestead?
Yes. We do not require any special permits or fees for wedding photography.
Is commercial photography/video allowed?
Commercial photography/video requires special permission, permits and fees. Please contact our Public Relations Coordinator, Chris Steber, at 845-889- 3880 or Christopher.Steber@parks.ny.gov for more information.
May I picnic at John Jay Homestead?
Yes. We have picnic and café tables in a number of locations throughout the park. Please note that John Jay Homestead is a carry-in, carry-out facility.
What about group picnics?
Groups of 25 or more require special permits and fees. Please contact the museum office at 914-232-5651 for more information. If you are organizing a group or school tour of the Homestead, picnic arrangements may be made during the reservation process.
Do you have public restrooms?
Yes. The public restrooms are located in the historic Laundry building. They are open year-round from sunrise to sunset. Additional restrooms, reserved for tour patrons only, are located in John Jay’s Bedford House.
Is smoking allowed?
Smoking is not permitted in any of the buildings or within 100 feet of historic structures.