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

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Upcoming Events

Monday, April 24, 2017, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Volunteer Open House

The Jay Estate in Rye is a 23 acre park with great potential! Join us to find out more about our efforts and how you can use your energy and creativity to help us improve it and fill it with activities that everyone will enjoy. Whether you are an individual, a parent with High School children looking for Community Service or a business interested in making an impact, come to an informational meeting and volunteer your talents and input! Help with trail maintenance, train to be a docent, join one of our many program or property committees. It’s YOUR Park! Imagine the possibilities and help make them happen! Casual attire, adults only.  (A similar session for teen volunteers will be scheduled in May)

Great for newcomers to Rye and the greater Westchester area!

Call Barbara Specht for more information at (914) 698-9275. Can’t make the meeting but want to help? Sign up online at Volunteer Match

Wednesday, May 3, 7pm

Missionary Lenses, Windows to the Past

Global Connections between Rye and Pre-1949 China 

Dr. Joseph W. Ho, Asst. Prof. of East Asian History at Albion College will discuss visual practices of American Protestant and Catholic missionaries in modern China between 1900 and 1950. His talk will cover detailed photos and films made by medical missionaries Dr. Harold Eugene Henke and Jessie Mae Henke in China before 1949, focusing specifically on rare 16mm films made possible by the support of Rye Presbyterian Church and their gift of an advanced Kodak movie camera sent to China in 1931. The Henkes visited Rye between the mid-1930s and the early 1950s to give updates about their medical activities and life at the Grace Talcott and Hugh O’Neill Memorial Hospitals in the city of Shunde (now called Xingtai) Read more here

Saturday, May 6, 9am - 1pm

I Love My Park Day


Help us improve and enhance one of New York State’s premier parks and historic sites as part of I Love My Park Day. Participate in path and trail clean up activities as well as invasive species removal; help with archaeology shovel testing and artifact screening at John Jay’s childhood home in Rye, NY.  Try your hand at geochaching. Fill decorative planters with deer resistant annuals and more. An ideal outdoor family activity!

Register here!

The ending time depends on the project, meeting location will be the front lawn of the 1838 Jay Mansion. Please bring gardening gloves if posible. Water and snacks will be provided.

We strongly recommend long pants, long‐sleeved shirts, socks, and closed‐toe shoes.This helps minimize skin exposure to poison ivy and ticks, which are found in most parks.

To volunteer email jayheritagecenter@ or Thank you to the Carver Center, Mount Vernon Youth Bureau, Cub Scouts Pack 3 and Con Edison for their early commitment to volunteer



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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