The Jay Estate in Rye was the home of one of our nation's greatest peacemakers, John Jay...

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Plein-Air Painting in the Meadow!

Join us on Sunday, September 27, any time between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., for plein-air painting in the meadow!

Space is limited. Register here!

The tradition of plein-air painting at the Jay Estate goes back centuries, and one of the most famous artists to capture the oak trees and stone walls of our landscape was a member of the Art Colony at Old Lyme. (Can you guess who it was?)

Come try your hand at capturing the beauty of our autmn meadow as the native grasses begin changing color. We’ll provide the easels and the view!

(Painting of the Jay Mansion by Meera Agarwal)


Landscape Design

JHC Breaks Ground on Historic Garden Project

The Covid-19 pandemic may have stalled capital projects at many museums, historic sites, and parks–but not at the Jay Estate. This summer JHC broke ground on a major garden project that will continue the reclamation and restoration process of its historic landscape. The project–which was based on years of consensus building with the community and informed by a trove of period photos, drawings, and other documentation–gives context to the stories of the land’s diverse inhabitants going back thousands of years.  Above, reflecting pool and sensory garden in progress. Below, photo of abandoned pool filled with debris before. Read more here.

Safe-distance yoga with Dorian Shorts

Finding Balance!

Back by popular demand! Join Dorian Shorts on Saturday, September 26 at 9:30 a.m. for yoga in the meadow! Dorian will guide us expertly through better breathing techniques and stretching exercises all with the gentle sounds of the breeze through the Jay Meadow surrounding us. Dorian is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher serving communities in the NYC area from Harlem to downtown Brooklyn. His passion for movement-based healing takes form in a dedicated and challenging vinyasa yoga practice tailored to suit participants of all levels of experience. We are thrilled to partner with @mercurysplatters for this class!


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