|photos by Nicholas Matranga|
Near Katonah, NY is the gracious home and farm of John Jay, patriot, Founding Father and first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Jay retired to his Bedford property in 1801 after a lifetime of public service to his nation and state. John Jay also served as Secretary for Foreign Affairs, and as a member of the Committee for Detecting Conspiracies. He was President of the Continental Congress, Minister to Spain during the Revolutionary War, and one of the principal negotiators of the Treaty of Paris, ending the Revolution. He also served in the New York Provincial Congress, was instrumental in writing New York's first Constitution, and served as the state's second governor.
John Jay's home and farm is a state historic site. Tour Jay's stately Georgian home with restored Federal period interiors. Enjoy a walk on 64 acres of farmland, punctuated with fields, forests, and a magnificent allee of century old Beech trees. Explore numerous historic outbuildings, including a barn and a one-room schoolhouse. Picnic on rolling lawns in the shade of stately old trees.
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site is located on Route 22 between Katonah and Bedford Village. Take Exit 6 off I-684 and travel one half mile east on Route 35 to Route 22 south, then 2