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.

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I Love My Park Day Draws Volunteers from All Over

I Love My Park Day on May 4th attracted a galaxy of volunteers to beautify our park and gardens at the Jay Estate! Thank you to everyone who came (and all those who helped prep before and after too!) The force was indeed strong with these service minded individuals who planted paw paw trees and removed invasive vines and weeds.

Stanford Alumni in the Jay Estate Gardens


See What's Blooming in the Jay Estate Gardens!

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

Garden Club of America Founders Fund Award

JHC Award is a First for Rye - $40,000 Will Create 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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