Recently Westchester Tree Life volunteered at John Jay Homestead in Katonah, NY during the Independence Day event! Our team of certified arborists were happy to discuss trees with members of the community and share in a community experience.
About John Jay Homestead
Located in Katonah, NY, the John Jay Homestead is one of New York’s six historic state sites administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation-Taconic Region. The John Jay Homestead is also known as the Bedford House or the John Jay House. This historical New York landmark was the home of statesman John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States. The John Jay Homestead was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1981.
The John Jay Homestead Independence Day Celebration
The annual John Jay Homestead Independence Day celebration was held on July 4th, 2016, and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bedford-Armonk and the Homestead. This community event begins with a period-piece portrayal and reading of the Declaration of Independence. Following the powerful speech there was live music, Colonial era games, pony rides, a hay ride, a petting zoo and a demonstrations of Colonial-era crafts and trades, including blacksmithing. Westchester Tree Life’s team of arborists were also in attendance to partake and educate on the topics of arboriculture.
Our team of arborists helped children cut their own slice of wood with a hand saw, and explained how to count a tree’s growth rings. This hands on experience allowed the community to ask questions about the growth of trees as well as the relative importance of trees!
View more photos from the John Jay Homestead Independence Day celebration here.