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

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Historic Preservation at the Jay Estate

25 Years of Preserving the Architecture of Democracy

The 1838 Jay Mansion has long been the centerpiece of Rye’s prized Boston Post Road Historic District. Columbia University architectural historian Andrew Dolkart called the house “one of the most important buildings of its type in the country.”

And for the last quarter of a century, preservation of this landmark and its intricate craftsmanship has been both a privilege and labor of love. Modeled on the temples of the Greeks and Romans, the structural components of the building pay tribute to the ideals of these ancient governments that inspired our Founding Fathers. Protecting and maintaining the “visual vocabulary” of democracy is a high priority for its guardian, the non-profit Jay Heritage Center (JHC). Funds generously donated by the public, private foundations and corporations get divided each year between rigorous protection of this American treasure and educational programs that explain the evolution of our shared heritage.

Understandably, just being watchful and proactive presents an ongoing challenge. Read more here

Upcoming Events

Sat. October 21st

Jay Soirée! Celebrate 25!

The Jay Soirée is a not-to-be-missed, high energy, chic and festive evening! And this year we are celebrating a very special 25th Anniversary! Guests will enjoy signature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, yummy buffet dinner, and a live band by Hank Lane. Co-Chairs Kelly Bakshi, Angie Nadler, Kingsley Rooney and Kathryn Schnaars have selected a gorgeous Enchanted Garden theme and for the 1st time in several years, the party will be held on-site at the elegant Jay Mansion. Don’t miss this chance to dance under the stars! Tickets start at $250 per person and $500 per couple. Tax deductible proceeds help JHC expand educational offerings for children, their families, and schools. Reserve your spot today! Call (914) 698-9275 or email us directly.

Sundays, 2-5pm

Docent Led Sunday Tours

Meet at the Jay Mansion and learn about the Jay Estate and all its residents! Rye is where Founding Father, John Jay (1745-1829), a jurist, anti-slavery advocate, diplomat, Chief Justice, and 2 term Governor of New York State grew up as a young man. Thanks to owners who cherished the property and community advocates who saved it, this historic 23 acre park, once part of an expansive 400+ acre farm, still boasts a 10,000 year old view to Long Island Sound and is open to the public. It provides a truly breathtaking window into our past and a glimpse of the horizons that Jay envisioned for his country, his descendants and the enslaved people he helped free. Tour is free – allow 30 – 45 minutes or choose self-guided. Donations welcome!

Sun. Sept. 24 11am - 3pm

Jay Day - Fall Family Festival

The Hudson River Ramble and Jay Day are coming up soon! Over 1000 people will gather at the Jay Estate to celebrate American culture and traditions. Highlights include live music, book readings, hands-on family workshops, historic tours of the 1838 Jay Mansion and an archaeology table. Snap photos of your child’s first pony ride or visit our petting zoo. Sample bites from an array of food trucks. Purchase fresh offerings from our farmers market. Treat the kids to facepainting, old fashion croquet and badminton. Read more here! Sign up to volunteer or inquire about being a vendor by emailing Mary Ann Mammana, JHC Program Assistant at mamjhc@gmail.com.

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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