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Copyright: angela LL (angela926) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 383 W: 5 N: 484] (2574)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-18
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, canon EF 28-135 F3.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-18 17:43
Viewed: 1156
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was taken at the John Jay Homestead In Katonah New York.

Our History

During twenty-seven years of service to his state and nation, John Jay looked forward to the day when he would retire with his wife and family to "the house on my farm in Westchester County…." The land his farm occupied was purchased from the Native American sachem, Katonah, in 1703, by Jay's maternal grandfather, Jacobus Van Cortlandt.

John Jay was born in 1745 to a family of self-exiled French Huguenots. His father, Peter Jay, gained wealth as a merchant and retired to a farm in Rye, New York, shortly after John was born. Following formal education at King's College (today Columbia University), Jay began a career as a lawyer. However, as the talk of revolution grew, Jay became increasingly involved in public service. He would never return to his law practice.

In 1774, Jay married Sarah Van Brugh Livingston (1756-1802), daughter of the fiery patriot and first governor of the State of New Jersey, William Livingston. This marriage was a match rivaled only by that of their contemporaries John and Abigail Adams.

Of all the Founding Fathers, no other filled so many high offices. John Jay served the nation as President of the Second Continental Congress, Minister to Spain during the Revolution, and Secretary for Foreign Affairs under the Articles of Confederation. He was author and key negotiator, with Benjamin Franklin and John Adams, of the Treaty of Paris, which ended the Revolution. President George Washington appointed Jay first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

In 1794, at Washington's bidding, Jay went to England as chief negotiator and author of a treaty both men knew would be controversial. Although unpopular in its day, the Jay Treaty resolved a number of differences with Great Britain, delaying open conflict until 1812. It is said this treaty cost Jay the chance to succeed Washington as President. Despite this seeming loss of national popularity, Jay was elected Governor of New York upon his return home.

Jay also served the State of New York as principal author of the first state constitution in 1777, as its chief justice, and as governor. Jay's forceful writing style, coupled with the talents of Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, produced a collection of essays, now known as the Federalist Papers, which helped convince the voters of New York to ratify the United States Constitution.

By 1801, John had acquired, by inheritance and purchase, 750 acres of land in Katonah. During his second term as governor, Jay had renovations made to his farmhouse in Westchester in preparation for his retirement from public life. He was finally able to move to the house in 1801. Sarah died the following spring, leaving Jay a widower with four children. Jay never remarried. Living in the house until his death in 1829, he quietly enjoyed his life as a country farmer. He was keenly interested in agriculture, horticulture, his family, his church, and the growing issue of slavery, which he abhorred.

The Jay Family at Bedford after 1829
William (1789-1858), John's younger son, inherited the Homestead. He continued his father's work in horticulture, as well as the tradition of service to his fellow man. William became a figure of national importance. Using the might of the pen, he furthered the
abolitionist cause. He married Augusta McVickar in 1812.

John Jay II (1817-1894), William's son, carried on the family tradition of public service. A member of the Anti-Slavery Society, founder of the Union League Club and the Huguenot Society of America, he was also appointed Minister to the Court of Austria-Hungary from 1869 to 1874. He married Eleanor Field in 1837.

William Jay II (1841-1915) was called "the Colonel," honoring his rank as Lt. Colonel during the Civil War. In civilian life he was a lawyer. He married Lucie Oelrichs in June 1878.

Eleanor Jay (1882-1953), the only surviving child of William and Lucie, inherited the home and continued the family commitment to community service. She married Arthur Iselin in 1904. She was the last of the family to use the Homestead, which she and Arthur called
Bedford House, as a full-time residence. Her most distinctive contribution to the site was architectural. In 1924 ground was broken for a ballroom/portrait gallery, which more than doubled the size of the house.

Arthur Iselin died in 1952 and Eleanor died the following year. Westchester County subsequently purchased the house and thirty of the original acres. In 1958 Governor Averill Harriman signed legislation making the property a New York State Historic Site. In
1968 an additional 34 acres were acquired resulting in the current configuration of 62 acres.

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Hi Angela,
Very beautiful architectural details.Great lighting, colours and textures.TFS.


Doors are a common subject on TL and it can be a challenge to present something different or unique.

This shot follows the rules nicely, well placed in the frame, sharp, with good use of light.


Hi Angela,
Beautiful capture of this old door, the enlightment and sharpness is perfect, the brick are really detailed and have nice colours. Thanks for the note, too.
Nice preentation, TFS!
Best regards,

Hi Angel. Good lights and colours. Very good sharp and graphism. My regards


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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2008-11-19 6:25]

This is a beauty!! I like the lighting, colors, and detail. TFS

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-11-19 7:56]

Selam dear Angela...
beautiful comp.... and detail....bravo..selamlar

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  • jazrr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 330 W: 77 N: 98] (2228)
  • [2008-11-19 8:51]

Hi Angela:
Beautiful composition. Great colors and details.

Hello Angela
I love those architectural details and this one is particularly interesting. First of all, congratulations for you crop, it is very well done vertically as welol as horizontaly. That old door has some character and would have a lot to say about the people who wwalked in there. I also like the rustic stone wall and the elegant arche of brich above the entrance.
A very good photo

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2008-11-19 14:53]

Hi Angela,
This is a beautiful image well cropped and framed. The colors and sharpness are impeccable. I like the gray wooden line in the top of this door. I would see it in a poster format, I think that it will fit nicely on my wall! :)
My compliments

merci de ta visite et félicitations pour ton image, j' aime beaucoup ce mur de pierre, bonne luminosité


J'aime beaucoup les détails de ton mur en pierres
belle luminosité et couleurs

PS merci pour ta visite

Hi Angela,
Beautiful and interesting architecture,good composition,light and sharp.
Best regards,

Hello Angela.
Very special composition. Beautifull colors. Simplicity are the basic of a good photograph.
Regards Frans

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-11-24 9:24]

That's a beautiful picture Angela! I love the colors and textures in it. A very neat composition too, well done!


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