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

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Offered FREE to all schools and transportation grants for eligible schools are also available through NY State Parks. Funding is provided in part through a grant by Con Edison. Email Barbara Specht at bjsjhc@gmail.com or call (914) 698-9275 for more info.

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“Striving for Freedom” is an acclaim-winning interactive theater program developed by the Jay Heritage Center for 4th through 8th grade classes.  Students explore the history of slavery and emancipation in New York. Created specifically for our landmark site where enslaved families  are lived, worked, were freed and buried, this dramatic tableau tells the story of two real African American sisters, Mary and Clarinda, who were owned and later manumitted by different members of the Jay family. A tour of the Jay Mansion, artifacts and grounds completes the experience which begins at 9 and concludes by 1pm. Class groups of up to 150 can be accommodated.

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Every Sunday, 2 - 5pm, Beginning April 8

Jay Mansion Tours Resume

The Jay Estate in Rye is where one of our nation’s Founding Fathers, John Jay (1745-1829) grew up as a young man. Thanks to the subsequent owners who cherished it and community advocates who saved it, this 23 acre oasis, once part of an expansive 400 acre farm, still boasts a magnificent 10,000 year old view to Long Island Sound. For visitors, it provides a truly breathtaking window into our past and a glimpse of the horizons that Jay and his descendants saw for our new country.

Join us for a docent led tour of the 1838 Jay Mansion. See ongoing restoration efforts of this Greek Revival masterpiece, the only one of its kind open to the public in the lower Hudson Valley. Read more here

Thursday 1:30 - 4pm

Little Garden Club of Rye - Daffodil Show

The Little Garden Club’s Daffodil Show Is a Continually Blooming Favorite! The event is FREE and will be held Rain or Shine!

Come see all the entries in our Dutch yellow Carriage House. Judges will present awards and ribbons for the most outstanding specimens from area gardens. The variety of daffodils and their colors will be endless; traditional yellows sat side by side with fancy pink frilled and white daffodils. See tables filled with flowers with exotic names like ‘Tahiti,’ ‘Jetfire’ and ‘Tete a Tete.’

Anyone can enter their daffodils into the show. Entries will be received between 8:00am and 10:15am on Thursday. Help will be available for identification and grooming. Judging will take place between 10:45am and 12:30pm and winners selected. The show will then be open to the public from 1:30pm to 4:00pm.

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Saturday, April 21st - All Day

Celebrate Earth!

At 9:30 am teach your children  what grows in the garden. Bringing child friendly horticultural lessons from the NY Botanical Garden’s Edible Academy is Rye’s favorite school garden creator, Anne Mottola.  Anne will explain why kohlrabi is one of the coolest vegetables they can grow! Suitable for ages 4 – 8. Read more here.

At 11:30 am learn about wild edible plants, their health benefits and unique flavors with Tama Matsuoka Wong, local forager for restaurateur Daniel Boulud and author of “Foraged Flavor” and “Scraps, Wilts and Weeds.” Taste the magic of earth foraged greens, followed by a mocktail that derives its spring zing from tree bark or bud infused syrups with Darryl Chan, head mixologist at Bar Pleiades. Reserve here.

From 3 – 5 pm hear from environmental educators  Jessica Arcate Schuler (NY Botanical Garden) and Tate Bushell (Westchester Land Trust)  about the challenges and opportunities in restoring our American landscape! Learn more

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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