Quest at John Jay Homestead

Created in the Spring of 2011 was our fourth Quest, on the trails of the John Jay Homestead on Route 22 in Katonah. It is, appropriately, based on the history of the land and the homestead.

John Jay was the first Chief Justice of the United States and second Governor of New York State. He built the house and moved to Bedford when he retired in 1801. Four more generations of his family lived there up until 1953. His grandson, great-grandson, and great-great-granddaughter all raised their families at the homestead. At different times they supervised the farming (growing wheat, corn, flowers, and vegetables, which they sold in the city), played polo, bred Hackney ponies and played golf.

The Quest explores the history of the land and the family. Its creation was a joint effort between Westchester Land Trust and the Friends of John Jay Homestead. The quest stations were installed by “Favors,” a local family volunteer group, and the three groups hosted a Grand Opening in September 2011. The Quest is open year-round, based on the schedule of the historic site, which are daylight hours.