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Sun 28 Oct
Tours of the 1838 Jay Mansion
Sunday, October 28, 2018 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

The Jay Estate in Rye is where one of our Founding Fathers, John Jay (1745-1829) grew up and returned for inspiration at some of the most pivotal moments in our nation’s history. Today, this sylvan oasis, once part of a 400-acre farm, still boasts a magnificent 10,000-year-old view to Long Island Sound and is open to the public. The grounds provide a breathtaking glimpse of the horizons that Jay and his descendants saw for our new country. Join us for a docent led narrative of the Jay family’s life in Rye including a tour of the 1838 Jay Mansion. See the ongoing restoration of this Greek Revival masterpiece, the only one of its kind open to the public in the lower Hudson Valley. We welcome you to help us learn more.

2pm – 5pm | Location: 1838 Jay Mansion | Admission is Free! | All Ages

Sat 27 Oct
Farm Market Saturdays
Saturday, October 27, 2018 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Purchase locally produced, healthy food andsupport local, sustainable agriculture. This weekly market also offers musical entertainment, featured community organizations, demonstrations and workshops.

Fri 26 Oct
Founders Lecture: Darren Walker, Changing How We Tell Stories
Friday, October 26, 2018 06:30 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Walker is one of the non-profit luminaries of this generation. A very incomplete list of his accomplishments would have to include leading the multi-philanthropy initiative to protect the Detroit Institute of Art during Detroit's bankruptcy; leading Rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina; and now serving as co-Chair of the New York City Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers. He has received thirteen honorary degrees and university awards, and has been included on numerous annual media lists, including Time Magazine's annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, and OUT Magazine's Power 50.

6:30pm | Location: Ballroom | Visit www.johnjayhomestead.org for tickets

Registration: Required
Fri 26 Oct
Play Days @ Jay
Friday, October 26, 2018 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Fridays through October 26, Play Days @ Jay, 12pm-2pm. Pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at John Jay Homestead; explore our 6 Discovery Centers and visit our chickens. Education staff will lead a short hands-on activity at 1pm. Free admission.

Sun 21 Oct
Family Teaching Garden Series: Goodnight Garden: Pajama Party and Bedtime Stories for Soil
Sunday, October 21, 2018 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Presented by InterGenerate. This six-week series will focus on the fall harvest and the life-cycle of plants. Our Teaching Garden is also a Giving Garden as the food we grow will be donated to those in need (after tasting, of course!). Advance registration required. $175/family for this 6-class series.

4:00pm-5:00pm | Location: Teaching Garden | $175/family for this 6-class series | Ages: Families with young children

Registration: Required
Sun 21 Oct
Tours of the 1838 Jay Mansion
Sunday, October 21, 2018 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

The Jay Estate in Rye is where one of our Founding Fathers, John Jay (1745-1829) grew up and returned for inspiration at some of the most pivotal moments in our nation’s history. Today, this sylvan oasis, once part of a 400-acre farm, still boasts a magnificent 10,000-year-old view to Long Island Sound and is open to the public. The grounds provide a breathtaking glimpse of the horizons that Jay and his descendants saw for our new country. Join us for a docent led narrative of the Jay family’s life in Rye including a tour of the 1838 Jay Mansion. See the ongoing restoration of this Greek Revival masterpiece, the only one of its kind open to the public in the lower Hudson Valley. We welcome you to help us learn more.

2pm – 5pm | Location: 1838 Jay Mansion | Admission is Free! | All Ages

Sat 20 Oct
Jay Walking – Trees of the John Jay Homestead Farmyard and Pleasure Ground, 1789 through
Saturday, October 20, 2018 10:00 AM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Led by Robert Madigan, of Great Estates|SLM and NYBG-Certified Sustainable Landscape Manager, this 90-minuteplantation walking tour identifies significant tree specimens located at the Homestead, discusses their identifyingcharacteristics and historical context. Registration is recommended. Please watch the Homestead's website for weatherrelated cancellations.

10:00am| Location: Meet in main parking lot | Free admission | All ages

Registration: Optional
Sat 20 Oct
Farm Market Saturdays
Saturday, October 20, 2018 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Purchase locally produced, healthy food andsupport local, sustainable agriculture. This weekly market also offers musical entertainment, featured community organizations, demonstrations and workshops.

Fri 19 Oct
Play Days @ Jay
Friday, October 19, 2018 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Fridays through October 26, Play Days @ Jay, 12pm-2pm. Pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at John Jay Homestead; explore our 6 Discovery Centers and visit our chickens. Education staff will lead a short hands-on activity at 1pm. Free admission.

Sun 14 Oct
Family Teaching Garden Series: Worms and Bugs and Soil Critters, Oh My!
Sunday, October 14, 2018 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Presented by InterGenerate. This six-week series will focus on the fall harvest and the life-cycle of plants. Our TeachingGarden is also a Giving Garden as the food we grow will be donated to those in need (after tasting, of course!). Advanceregistration required. $175/family for this 6-class series.

4:00pm-5:00pm | Location: Teaching Garden | $175/family for this 6-class series | Ages: Families with young children

Registration: Required
Sun 14 Oct
Connecting to Collections – Furniture: Made in New York
Sunday, October 14, 2018 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

This tour will focus specifically on furniture pieces made here in the state of New York from different periods in its history. You will see how the artistry, and approach has changed over the years even in this relatively small part of the country. Regular admission fees apply.

2:00pm | Location: purchase tickets in Visitor Center | $10 adults; $7 seniors & students; Free for members and children under 12

Sun 14 Oct
Tours of the 1838 Jay Mansion
Sunday, October 14, 2018 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

The Jay Estate in Rye is where one of our Founding Fathers, John Jay (1745-1829) grew up and returned for inspiration at some of the most pivotal moments in our nation’s history. Today, this sylvan oasis, once part of a 400-acre farm, still boasts a magnificent 10,000-year-old view to Long Island Sound and is open to the public. The grounds provide a breathtaking glimpse of the horizons that Jay and his descendants saw for our new country. Join us for a docent led narrative of the Jay family’s life in Rye including a tour of the 1838 Jay Mansion. See the ongoing restoration of this Greek Revival masterpiece, the only one of its kind open to the public in the lower Hudson Valley. We welcome you to help us learn more.

2pm – 5pm | Location: 1838 Jay Mansion | Admission is Free! | All Ages

Sat 13 Oct
Farm Market Saturdays
Saturday, October 13, 2018 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Purchase locally produced, healthy food andsupport local, sustainable agriculture. This weekly market also offers musical entertainment, featured community organizations, demonstrations and workshops.

Fri 12 Oct
Play Days @ Jay
Friday, October 12, 2018 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Fridays through October 26, Play Days @ Jay, 12pm-2pm. Pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at John Jay Homestead; explore our 6 Discovery Centers and visit our chickens. Education staff will lead a short hands-on activity at 1pm. Free admission.

Sun 07 Oct
Family Teaching Garden Series: Seeds are for Saving
Sunday, October 7, 2018 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Presented by InterGenerate. This six-week series will focus on the fall harvest and the life-cycle of plants. Our Teaching Garden is also a Giving Garden as the food we grow will be donated to those in need (after tasting, of course!). Advance registration required. $175/family for this 6-class series.

4:00pm-5:00pm | Location: Teaching Garden | $175/family for this 6-class series | Ages: Families with young children

Registration: Required
Sun 07 Oct
Path Through History: Connecting to Collections
Sunday, October 7, 2018 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Fine Arts: Landscapes and Genre Scenes

Landscapes and cityscapes were placed on the middle rung of the hierarchy of artistic subjects developed by the European academies in the Renaissance; below narrative paintings of the human figure, but above still-life paintings of fruit. Join us as we present examples of landscapes and other genres of art in the John Jay Homestead’s collection. This installment of the Fine Arts Tour will include a print depicting the New York City of John Jay’s time, a landscape showing the French hometown of John Jay’s grandfather, a cityscape of New York’s first governor’s mansion in which the Jay family lived from 1795-1797, Genre scenes representing the times of the day, and small prints depicting religious subjects. Regular admission fees apply.

Location: purchase tickets in Visitor Center | $10 adults; $7 seniors & students; Free for members and children under 12

Sun 07 Oct
Tours of the 1838 Jay Mansion
Sunday, October 7, 2018 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

The Jay Estate in Rye is where one of our Founding Fathers, John Jay (1745-1829) grew up and returned for inspiration at some of the most pivotal moments in our nation’s history. Today, this sylvan oasis, once part of a 400-acre farm, still boasts a magnificent 10,000-year-old view to Long Island Sound and is open to the public. The grounds provide a breathtaking glimpse of the horizons that Jay and his descendants saw for our new country. Join us for a docent led narrative of the Jay family’s life in Rye including a tour of the 1838 Jay Mansion. See the ongoing restoration of this Greek Revival masterpiece, the only one of its kind open to the public in the lower Hudson Valley. We welcome you to help us learn more.

2pm – 5pm | Location: 1838 Jay Mansion | Admission is Free! | All Ages

Sat 06 Oct
Farm Market Saturdays
Saturday, October 6, 2018 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Purchase locally produced, healthy food andsupport local, sustainable agriculture. This weekly market also offers musical entertainment, featured community organizations, demonstrations and workshops.

Fri 05 Oct
Play Days @ Jay
Friday, October 5, 2018 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Fridays through October 26, Play Days @ Jay, 12pm-2pm. Pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at John Jay Homestead; explore our 6 Discovery Centers and visit our chickens. Education staff will lead a short hands-on activity at 1pm. Free admission.

Fri 05 Oct
Bringing Nature Home Author Doug Tallamy
Friday, October 5, 2018 10:30 AM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 92 research publications and has taught Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, Humans and Nature, Insect Ecology, and other courses for 37 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers' Association. The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014. Doug is also a regular columnist for garden Design magazine. Doug is a Lifetime Honorary Director of Wild Ones and has won the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation, the Tom Dodd, Jr. Award of Excellence, and the 2018 AHS 2018 B.Y. Morrison Communication Award.

Friday, October 5 | 10:30am | Location: 1907 Van Norden Carriage House | Admission is Free! | Adults

Sun 30 Sep
Family Teaching Garden Series: What to do with Leaves?
Sunday, September 30, 2018 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Presented by InterGenerate. This six-week series will focus on the fall harvest and the life-cycle of plants. Our Teaching Garden is also a Giving Garden as the food we grow will be donated to those in need (after tasting, of course!). Advance registration required.

4:00pm-5:00pm | Location: Teaching Garden | $175/family for this 6-class series | Ages: Families with young children

Registration: Required
Sun 30 Sep
Connecting to Collections – Curator’s Fabulous Finds: Objects from Everyday Life
Sunday, September 30, 2018 02:00 AM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Join our knowledgeable staff for a customized, collections based discussion. This special opportunity includes an up-close examination of items, selected by our curator. Regular admission fees apply.

2:00pm | Location: purchase tickets in Visitor Center | $10 adults; $7 seniors & students; Free for members and children under 12

Sat 29 Sep
Farm Market Saturdays
Saturday, September 29, 2018 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Purchase locally produced, healthy food andsupport local, sustainable agriculture. This weekly market also offers musical entertainment, featured community organizations, demonstrations and workshops.

Sat 29 Sep
Thematic Tours: The United States Constitution
Saturday, September 29, 2018
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Wednesday through Saturday. In celebration of Constitution Day, take a tour of John Jay’s Bedford house focused on the United States Constitution. Regular admission fees apply.

2:00pm | Location: purchase tickets in Visitor Center | $10 adults; $7 seniors & students; Free for members and children under 12

Fri 28 Sep
Play Days @ Jay
Friday, September 28, 2018 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Fridays through October 26, Play Days @ Jay, 12pm-2pm. Pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at John Jay Homestead; explore our 6 Discovery Centers and visit our chickens. Education staff will lead a short hands-on activity at 1pm. Free admission.

Fri 28 Sep
Thematic Tours: The United States Constitution
Friday, September 28, 2018
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Wednesday through Saturday. In celebration of Constitution Day, take a tour of John Jay’s Bedford house focused on the United States Constitution. Regular admission fees apply.

2:00pm | Location: purchase tickets in Visitor Center | $10 adults; $7 seniors & students; Free for members and children under 12

Thu 27 Sep
Thematic Tours: The United States Constitution
Thursday, September 27, 2018
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Wednesday through Saturday. In celebration of Constitution Day, take a tour of John Jay’s Bedford house focused on the United States Constitution. Regular admission fees apply.

2:00pm | Location: purchase tickets in Visitor Center | $10 adults; $7 seniors & students; Free for members and children under 12

Wed 26 Sep
Thematic Tours: The United States Constitution
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Wednesday through Saturday. In celebration of Constitution Day, take a tour of John Jay’s Bedford house focused on the United States Constitution. Regular admission fees apply.

2:00pm | Location: purchase tickets in Visitor Center | $10 adults; $7 seniors & students; Free for members and children under 12

Sun 23 Sep
Family Teaching Garden Series: Root for the Roots!
Sunday, September 23, 2018 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Presented by InterGenerate. This six-week series will focus on the fall harvest and the life-cycle of plants. Our Teaching Garden is also a Giving Garden as the food we grow will be donated to those in need (after tasting, of course!). Advance registration required.

4:00pm-5:00pm | Location: Teaching Garden | $175/family for this 6-class series | Ages: Families with young children

Registration: Required
Sun 23 Sep
Connecting to Collections – Decorative Arts: Made in England
Sunday, September 23, 2018 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Learn the stories behind the English made decorative arts in the Jay homestead's collection. The guided tour will be an inside look at what made British pieces of the time unique, and a little about the people who made them too. Regular admission fees apply.

2:00pm | Location: purchase tickets in Visitor Center | $10 adults; $7 seniors & students; Free for members and children under 12

Sat 22 Sep
Jay Walking with the Native Plant Center
Saturday, September 22, 2018 09:00 AM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Learn about native and invasive plant species at the Homestead. Meet at the main parking lot. Registration is recommended. Free admission.

9:00am | Location: meet in main parking lot | Free admission | All ages

Registration: Optional
Sat 22 Sep
Farm Market Saturdays
Saturday, September 22, 2018 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Purchase locally produced, healthy food andsupport local, sustainable agriculture. This weekly market also offers musical entertainment, featured community organizations, demonstrations and workshops.

Sat 22 Sep
Thematic Tours: The United States Constitution
Saturday, September 22, 2018
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Wednesday through Saturday. In celebration of Constitution Day, take a tour of John Jay’s Bedford house focused on the United States Constitution. Regular admission fees apply.

2:00pm | Location: purchase tickets in Visitor Center | $10 adults; $7 seniors & students; Free for members and children under 12

Fri 21 Sep
Play Days @ Jay
Friday, September 21, 2018 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Fridays through October 26, Play Days @ Jay, 12pm-2pm. Pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at John Jay Homestead; explore our 6 Discovery Centers and visit our chickens. Education staff will lead a short hands-on activity at 1pm. Free admission.

Fri 21 Sep
Thematic Tours: The United States Constitution
Friday, September 21, 2018
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Wednesday through Saturday. In celebration of Constitution Day, take a tour of John Jay’s Bedford house focused on the United States Constitution. Regular admission fees apply.

2:00pm | Location: purchase tickets in Visitor Center | $10 adults; $7 seniors & students; Free for members and children under 12