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

Striving for Freedom - Path Through History

TODAY - Saturday June 15 at 11am

In observation of Juneteenth and Path Through History Weekend, and in partnership with the Harrison Library we are pleased to offer a presentation of “Striving for Freedom.” This is an acclaim-winning, site-specific interactive theater program developed by JHC for schools. It examines the often ignored existence of slavery in the Northern States. Created specifically for our landmark property where enslaved families are known to have lived, worked, freed, and were buried. A tour of the Jay Estate will also be given after the program.

This program is offered for FREE to the public through a grant received from The Maurice D. Hinchey Hudson River Valley National Heritage

Appropriate for 3rd graders to senior citizens. Refreshments will be provided.

See What's Blooming!

Garden Tours and Workshops

Thursdays, 10am-2pm;  Sundays, 10am-5pm except holidays through Thursday, October 31, the award-winning Jay Estate Gardens will be open to the public two days a week. Enjoy docent led experiences or follow a self-guided tour following our QR code signs. Drop in for a lesson, talks, and workshops led by JHC’s Director of Horticulture and Garden Education, Lucia Maestro and special guest speakers. Email Lucia Maestro for more information or to volunteer in the gardens. FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

GCA Founders Fund Award

$40,000 For Edible Plant Learning Center

The Jay Heritage Center is thrilled to announce that it is the 2024 recipient of The Garden Club of America’s (GCA) Founders Fund Award. The project was generously proposed by longtime JHC supporters The Little Garden Club of Rye and seconded by The Rye Garden Club. This national award was established in 1934 to provide financial support, through a competitive grant program, to projects proposed by GCA member clubs. The projects are designed to restore, improve, and protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement. This year the $40,000 winning grant was awarded to JHC for the purpose of Replanting Indigenous and Historic Northeastern Species to Create an Edible Plant Learning Center at the Jay Estate.  Over 199 clubs across the country reviewed the projects and voted. The award was announced at the GCA Annual Meeting in Hartford, Connecticut on Saturday, April 27th. READ MORE HERE


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