What
  • Abandoned
  • Battlefield
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Brewery
  • Bridge
  • Cemeteries
  • Church
  • Farm
  • Firehouse
  • Fort
  • Haunted
  • Historic House
  • Historic Structure
  • Historical Event
  • Hotel
  • Inn
  • Landmark
  • Legends & Lore
  • Library
  • Lighthouse
  • Lost Place
  • Mill
  • Monument
  • Museums
  • Native American
  • Park
  • Railway Station
  • Restaurant
  • Revolutionary War
  • Road
  • Roadside Attraction
  • Ruins
  • Schoolhouse
  • Shopping
  • Tavern
  • Theater
  • Tours
  • True Crime
Where

This historic site in Westchester County was the homestead of John Jay, Founding Father, who co-authored the treaty that ended the Revolutionary War, contributed to The Federalist Papers, served as President of the Continental Congress, U.S. Secretary for Foreign Affairs, first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and the second governor of New York State.

Jay’s maternal grandfather, Jacobus Van Cortlandt, purchased the land in 1703. In 1799, Jay began constructing a 24-room farmhouse that he retired to in 1801. Jay descendants would live in the house until 1958, when the house and property were purchased by Westchester County and transferred to the State of New York, which has opened the property as a State Historic Site that has been restored to its 1820s appearance.

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