Jay Heritage Center

Our Mission

Our non-profit, the Jay Heritage Center (JHC) is dedicated to transforming the 23 acre Jay Estate into a vibrant educational campus, hosting innovative programs about American History, Social Justice, Architecture, Environmental Stewardship and Landscape Conservation.

We hope to encourage people of all ages to understand, preserve and protect our shared heritage, natural and man-made – and to inspire the future historians, civic advocates and stewards of our fragile cultural and environmental resources.

As stewards first chartered by the NY Board State of Regents in 1990 to preserve, protect and interpret the 23 acre site, JHC has launched efforts to restore the extensive complex of buildings, their gardens and grounds for use with resonant indoor and outdoor classrooms. Our work is guided and supported by a public-private partnership with New York State and Westchester County Parks forged in 2013.

As the home of native New Yorker and Founding Father John Jay and his descendants for many generations, the Jay Estate  is a place of irreplaceable cultural importance and history, a place that provides visitors with an opportunity to study the evolution of our nation, its democracy and its complicated system of social justice.

Come see why this American place was designated a National Historic Landmark, one of fewer than 2500 such sites in the nation. Come immerse yourself and your family in history and nature and see what author Tony Hiss described as a “time funnel” view back in time from our front door down to Long Island Sound.

 

2017

Jay Heritage Center Board of Trustees

President
Suzanne Clary

Vice President
Michael A. Kovner

Treasurer
Betsy Buttrill White

Secretary
Charlene Laughlin

Assistant Secretary
Emma Hanratty

Trustees
Catherine “Kitty” Aresty
Kay Ryan Booth
Elisabeth Paton Casey
Samuel W. Croll III
Elizabeth Schoff Garrett
Prof. Shelby D. Green
Nickolas Hellen
Nikolaas Henket
Thomas R. Mercein
Keelin Cassin Pye
Cathy Rosenstock
Carol Sellon
Susan W. Skelsey
Caroline Olmstead Wallach

Advisory Board
Nathan Bibliowicz
Jay E. Cantor
Pierre Jay de Vegh
Sharon and John Jay Du Bois
Alexa Hampton
Carolyn Iu
Emily and John Clarkson Jay                             James T. Kelsey
David McI. Parsons
Denise Richards
Prof. Nicholas A. Robinson
Frank Emile Sanchis III
Robert Snedeker
Arete S. Warren

Awards and Milestones

2016

Larry Weaner Landscape Associates retained to rehabilitate a 2 acre meadow behind the Jay Mansion with wildflower and native grass plantings

2015

Awarded $391,056 Hurricane Sandy Relief for Stabilization of the 1917 Palmer Tennis House, the 3rd oldest indoor court in the country

2014

Awarded $500,000 Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council Grant from NYS Parks – Restoration of Historic Gardens Launched and Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects retained

2013

Garden Club of America Award for Historic Preservation

2013

Member of NY State’s Path Through History – Civil Rights; Stewardship of 23 Acre Jay Estate awarded to Jay Heritage Center

2010 & 2012

Historic Preservation Awards from the Garden Club of America

2009

Selected as 1 of 100 Sites in the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area for Architecture, Environment, Freedom & Dignity, Landscapes & Gardens

2004

Recognized as 1 of 13 Sites on the African American Heritage Trail of Westchester County

1993

Designated a National Historic Landmark by the Secretary of the Interior – Childhood Home of Founding Father, John Jay

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