Description - In 1799, Jay began construction of a comfortable 24-room house that was completed in time for his retirement in May 1801. Unhappily, his wife, Sarah, died the following spring. Jay never remarried. He raised his younger children and lived in the house until his death in 1829, quietly enjoying his life as a country farmer. The historic home is open April through October with the grounds open year-round.
Copyright: - New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
- John Jay (1745-1829), a Founding Father and distinguished statesman, who served in so many high offices during the early days of the United States. He became the President of the Continental Congress, Secretary of Foreign Affairs under the Articles of Confederation, Chief Justice, Governor of New York, one of the authors and key negotiators of the Treaty of Paris, which ended the Revolution, and Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court.
In 1799, Jay began construction of a comfortable 24-room house that was completed in time for his retirement in May 1801. Unhappily, his wife, Sarah, died the following spring. Jay never remarried. He raised his younger children and lived in the house until his death in 1829, quietly enjoying his life as a country farmer.
Five generations of Jays occupied the home, each developing the farm and home to meet their needs and interests. Guests to the Jay homestead today will see glimpses of these generations' tastes and pursuits with this unique Jay experience of old New York State.
Recreation - The John Jay Homestead offers visitors audio-visual programs, demonstrations, group tours, guided and self-guided tours, educational services, interpretive signs, manicured gardens, hiking and horseback riding trails, picnic area and a gift shop. The historic site is open April through October, Wednesdays-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays 12-4 p.m. The grounds are open year-round. Admission is $3.00 adults, $2.00 NYS senior citizens and $1.00 children. Group and school tours by advance reservation.
Climate - This historic homestead has a varied climate with average January temperatures ranging from above 22 degrees down to 18 degrees Fahrenheit (above -6 degrees Celsius). Summer temperatures average around 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius). Precipitation in the region ranges from 40 to more than 44 inches of rain and snowmelt.
John Jay Homestead is located just south of Cross River Reservoir along SR 22 near Katonah.