The Jay Estate in Rye is the childhood home of one of our nation's greatest Founding Fathers, John Jay.
Mon. May 29, 2 - 3:30pm
Memorial Day Reception
Follow our horse drawn carriage in Rye’s Annual Memorial Day parade in the morning and then join us for a reception at the Jay Mansion. Learn about the many Jay family members who served in America’s armed forces including:
Col. Cornelius Jay DuBois who was critically wounded at Gettysburg and remarkably rescued on the battlefield by his brother, Dr. Henry Augustus DuBois an Assistant Surgeon, recovering to fight again at Resaca, Georgia and plant the Union colors on the enemy’s summit.Major Delancey Kane Jay, awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 307th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division, A.E.F., at Chateau du Diable, near Fismes, France, 27 August 1918. With utter disregard of his own safety Major Jay directed the attack of his battalion, even after he had been wounded and refused to be evacuated until all wounded enlisted men had been evacuated.
Sun., June 4, 2-5pm
Sunday Tours - Celebrating Our 25th Anniversary!
The Jay Estate in Rye is where one of our nation’s Founding Fathers, John Jay (1745-1829), a jurist, anti-slavery advocate, diplomat, Chief Justice, and two term Governor of New York State grew up as a young man. Thanks to the efforts of owners who cherished the property and community advocates who saved it, this sylvan and historic 23 acre oasis, once part of an expansive 400 acre farm, still boasts a magnificent view to Long Island Sound and is now open to the public. For visitors, it provides a rare and truly breathtaking window into our past and a glimpse of the horizons and opportunities that Jay and his descendants saw for our new country.
Join us for a docent led tour of the 1838 Jay Mansion. See the ongoing restoration efforts of this Greek Revival masterpiece, the only one of its kind open to the public in the lower Hudson Valley. Commissioned by Jay’s eldest son, Peter Augustus, it sits atop the footprint of John Jay’s childhood home and reincorporated into it are original chestnut timbers, shutters and nails from the 1745 farmhouse that James Fenimore Cooper named “The Locusts.” Visitors can literally see the layers of history being uncovered here by artisans in the preservation process.
Tues., July 4, 8:30am - 3pm
Independence Day Ride
Celebrate the red, white and blue by doing something green – get out and bike! We are proud to be hosting the Westchester Cycle Club‘s Independence Day Ride this July 4th. WCC is a non-profit whose purpose is to educate the public about safety and the benefits of bicycle riding, to promote community awareness and enjoyment of cycling through organized bicycling events, tours, lectures, demonstrations and other bicycling activities for members as well as for the general public, and to promote bicycle use, and development of cycling facilities as a non-polluting, non-congesting, quiet means of recreation and transportation.
WCC welcomes all levels of riders to sign up but pre-registration is required. Learn more at https://www.westchestercycleclub.org/
Thank You to Our Partners!
The Jay Heritage Center recognizes the organizational growth and synergies formed through our partnerships with the following organizations.