Katonah in Westchester County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Homestead Farm
John Jay Homestead
This property has seen many changes. Over 2,200 years ago, Native Americans lived and hunted here. As the family’s tenanted farm in the 1700s, it produced wheat, rye, corn, and other grains. After Jay’s retirement and the development of the farm in the early 1800s, fruit orchards and mills were added. Jay’s descendants further diversified the farm by producing dairy products, flowers, and vegetables for the New York City markets only 50 miles away. In the 20th century, chicken farming was attempted, but Westchester County’s expanding residential development was already greatly altering the area’s agricultural nature.
The Homestead reflects the life-styles of five generations of the Jay family. It also mirrors changes that our country has experienced as it evolved from a farm-based society to a market-based economy. As you walk along today, picture the farm as it was 50, 100, or 200 years ago and envision the life of the Jays of Bedford.
Erected by Friends of the Jay Homestead. (Marker Number 2.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture Colonial Era • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 41° 15.032′ N, 73° 39.542′ W. Marker is in Katonah, New York, in Westchester County. Marker can be reached from Jay Street (New York State Route 22) 0.1 miles Beaver Dam Road when traveling south. Located on the grounds of the John Jay Homestead. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 Route 22, Katonah NY 10536, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Glasshouse Complex and Herb Garden (a few steps from this marker); John Jay Homestead (within shouting distance of this marker); The John Jay Potting Sheds (within shouting distance of this marker); The Brick Lot (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Beech Allee (Avenue) and Stone Fences (about 300 feet away); The Farm Manager’s Cottage (about 400 feet away); The Schoolhouse and Homestead Lawn (about 500 feet away); The Stable Courtyard (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Katonah.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 28, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 21, 2009, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 958 times since then and 123 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 21, 2009, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. 6. submitted on June 16, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.