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

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In the News - The Rye Record, May 2017

"A Jewel in Our Backyard"

The Jay Estate, A Jewel In Our Backyard by Caitlin Brown

This year, the Jay Heritage Center proudly celebrates its 25th anniversary. The deed to preserve and protect the integrity of its namesake property, The Jay Estate, the boyhood home of Founding Father John Jay, was signed on August 20, 1992. Thanks to the hard work of staff and volunteers, the generosity of many donors, Federal funds from Hurricane Sandy, thoughtful collaboration with partners (New York State Parks and Westchester County Parks own most of the property), and several prestigious grants, the Jay Heritage Center (JHC) is undergoing a renaissance, committing itself to bringing back the property’s landscape to its full splendor.

While the Center only owns 1.5 acres of the 23-acre property — including the 1838 Greek Revival Mansion, Carriage House (the Visitors Center), and their associated footprints of land — they were unanimously awarded stewardship of the surrounding 21.5 acres by New York State and County officials in 2013. At that time, the Center was entrusted with the decision-making, as well as sole responsibility for fundraising so as to create a cohesive garden and educational experience for the community to enjoy, with an important nod to the land’s extensive ecological and cultural history that goes back thousands of years. JHC receives no annual tax dollars from Rye, the County or State, and yet operates the park for the benefit of the public. Read more here 

Upcoming Events

Sat. October 21st

The Jay Soirée! 25th Anniversary Party!

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

Sun. July 23, 2-5pm

Docent Led Sunday Tours

Meet us 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 two term Governor of New York State grew up as a young man. Thanks to the efforts of owners who cherished the property and community advocates who saved it, this sylvan and historic 23 acre oasis, once part of an expansive 400 acre farm, still boasts a magnificent view to Long Island Sound and is now open to the public. For visitors, it provides a rare and truly breathtaking window into our past and a glimpse of the horizons and opportunities 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. September 24 11am - 3pm

Jay Day! A Fall Family Festival!

The Hudson River Ramble and Jay Day are coming up soon! Each year over 1000 people 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 apple coring and more.

Violunteers of every age are welcome and needed for this popular, high energy community event. 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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