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

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Jay Soirée and 25th Anniversary Celebration!

How to celebrate 25 years of preservation and education? By pulling out all the stops! Our dynamic Co-Chairs and their Committee are tenting out the Jay Meadow and creating a glorious night under the stars for 250 guests! Enjoy Cocktails from 7 – 8pm while exploring our latest restoration work. Preview new additions to our collections – from 18th and 19th century silver, furniture and portraits to handwritten documents that reveal new chapters of our country’s evolution. Next savor a delicious Buffet Dinner prepared especially by Scarborough Fair Catering or hit the dance floor with music from Hank Lane and the Clara Jordan Band (Rock, Motown, Salsa, Contemporary – a high energy blend!) Enchanting Party Attire is encouraged from festive cocktail dresses to suits and/or sharp blazers and pants. Learn more and buy tickets online here

Upcoming Events

Friday, Sept. 22, 6:30pm

The Sea Is Not Full - Ocean Sailing Revelations & Misadventures

Join us for a lively talk and Q & A with Charlie Doane, Cruising Editor of SAIL Magazine, the largest sailing magazine in the US as he shares chapters and personal experiences from his newest book, “The Sea is Not Full”. Charlie has also published articles in The New York Times, Yachting World and Cruising World, among many others. Many fans also follow his prize-winning blog WaveTrain.

Charlie has completed seven transatlantic voyages, including most recently a voyage from France to New England aboard his new boat Lunacy. His other voyages include singlehanded passages between New England and the Caribbean; several distance races, including the Newport-Bermuda Race, the Fastnet Race and the Sydney-Hobart Race. ​He is one of many accomplished sailors in the Jay family, including John Clarkson Jay, one of the founders of New York Yacht Club, who lived in Rye at the Jay Estate​​.

​The talk is free but seating is limited so advance registration is requested – please email jayheritagecenter@gmail.com or call (914) 698-9275

Sun. Sept. 24 11am - 3pm

Jay Day - Hudson River Valley Ramble!

The Hudson River Valley Ramble and Jay Day are coming up soon! Over 1000 people will gather at the Jay Estate to celebrate American culture & traditions. Highlights include live music, book signings and activities with children’s authors, period dance performance, a farmers market, craft vendors, pony rides, a petting zoo, historical house tours and much more.

We’re over the moon happy to share news that #1 New York Times best-selling children’s book creator Robert Sabuda will be joining us this year at Jay Day. In addition to signing his gorgeous books, Robert will conduct a hands on art workshop for families at the Jay Estate. Also bringing her child friendly horticultural lessons from the New York Botanical Garden’s Edible Academy is Rye’s favorite school garden creator, Anne Mottola. Tickets are $40 per family and $10 per person. On sale now!

Treat the kids to facepainting or dive into garden activities. We are grateful to Reeds, Inc. for providing ” the Best Sodas in the World, Naturally” for all our JAY DAY volunteers. Read more here

Sun. Sept. 24 11am - 3pm

Archaeology Presentation by Rye Scout Chris Parker

The Jay Heritage Center is excited to share news of a terrific discovery made by an Eagle Scout candidate with Rye’s Pack 2, Chris Parker. Chris, a senior at Fordham Prep, led volunteers in a methodical field excavation at the Jay Estate this summer. Dr. Eugene Boesch, who has undertaken archaeological investigations in the Hudson Valley and Manhattan for more than 30 years, supervised this ambitious project.

Their objective? To search for evidence of a small pre-existing structure of 18th century origin that appears in two separate archival drawings in the Jay Heritage Center Collection. Over the course of three weeks of careful investigation Chris and his team of men and women from different area schools and troops, successfully unearthed numerous artifacts from both the late 1600s and 1700s. See what they found at Jay Day! Read more here

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