Due to the developing Covid-19 situation, several of our designated heritage sites have announced that they are closing or reducing hours. Please call the individual sites directly to inquire about hours.
The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area does not own or operate any of the sites listed below. They are owned and managed by the organizations listed in the site descriptions. Please call ahead for special accommodation needs or with any questions about their sites.
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
400 Jay Street
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- Grounds: Year-round, sunrise–sunset House Tours: May-October 15, 2016: Hourly tours at 1, 2, 3, and 4pm, Wednesday–Sunday October 16, 2016–April 30, 2017: Hourly tours at 1, 2, and 3 pm, Thursday–Saturday See website for Visitor and Discovery Centers hours
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When John Jay left public life in 1801, after having served as president of the Continental Congress, drafter of the Treaty of Paris, chief justice of the United States Supreme Court, and governor of New York, he and his family moved into a 24-room Federal-style mansion that was built to befit his new career as a gentleman farmer on his 714-acre estate. Through four succeeding generations, the house’s size increased to 60 rooms. In 1958, the homestead was purchased by Westchester County and gifted to New York State. Today, the house is furnished to reflect changing tastes, with reproduction wallpapers and carpets as well as furniture primarily crafted in New York that Jay purchased for his new home. Family portraits, porcelain, and other artwork adorn the rooms. Outdoors, there is a magnificent beech allée, as well as three restored gardens. An early 19th century barn features an exhibit about the Jays’ agricultural pursuits.
Amenities: Passport Stamp, Family Friendly, Restrooms