The row of linden trees in front of the house is the only area of planting at the Homestead we can attribute to John Jay. At the home in Rye where he grew up, there was a row of four locust trees in front of the house. Jay liked the effect, and when he moved to Bedford, he planted a row of four linden trees there. None of those trees are still alive; these three are what remains of four that were planted by Jay’s descendants to replace the trees he had planted long ago.