The Jay Estate in Rye is the childhood home of one of our nation's greatest Founding Fathers, John Jay.

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1792 Jay Letter About the Abolition of Slavery Donated to JHC Archives

An original February 27, 1792 letter written by John Jay explaining his opposition to the institution of slavery has been donated to the JHC Archives. In this rare document, Jay states his belief that “every man of every color and description has a natural right to freedom” Read more here

Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 15th 2:00 - 4:00pm

FREE Family Daffodil Workshop

Learn how to groom and label your specimens and increase your odds of winning a ribbon! Children can learn how to identify their submissions and how to properly display them. Just bring a few daffodils from your garden and we’ll do the rest. As we eagerly await spring, get more tips on growing narcissus blooms for competition from the Little Garden Club here 


Thursday, April 20th 1:30 - 4:30pm

Little Garden Club Daffodil Show

The Little Garden Club’s Daffodil Show is a continually blooming favorite!

Come see all the entries in our sunny yellow Carriage House for FREE. Judges will present awards and ribbons for the most outstanding specimens from area gardens. See tables filled with flowers with exotic names like ‘Tahiti,’ ‘Jetfire’ and ‘Tete a Tete.’ Veteran growers and novices are invited to enter!

Native Blooms and Local Wines

Thursday, April 20th  6:00 – 8:30pm 

Join us for a tasting provided by Wine at Five with tasty bites and a private viewing of all the winning daffodils. Ticket prices: $25, $75 and $125. Proceeds will go towards the purchase of drifts of daffodils for the Jay Estate meadow and gardens.



Friday, April 21, 2017 10:30am

Spring Garlic Mustard Pull Party with Tama Matsuoka Wong

More lessons in eating wild! Acclaimed forager Tama Matsuoka Wong returns to Rye to lead a garlic mustard pull party at the Jay Estate. The program will include a demonstration on how to make pesto from this spring invasive and also offer recipes to make soup from mugwort, another non-native threat to habitats.

Tama will also autograph copies of her newest joint project, Scraps, Wilt & Weeds: Turning Wasted Food into Plenty co-authored with Danish chef Mads Refslund of Noma fame



Jay Heritage Center Partners

Thank You to Our Partners

The Jay Heritage Center recognizes the organizational growth and synergies formed through our partnerships with the following organizations.

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