Moonlight at Jay Soirée Saturday, September 17, 7-11pm


Help us celebrate our 30th Anniversary in celestial style with cocktails in the Jay Estate Gardens followed by dinner and dancing under the stars! Read more here.

Thank you to our Moonlight at Jay Soirée Co-Chairs
Christie & John Bonaserra
Aileen & Ted Burdick
Lindsay Bello & Tim Martin
Lori & Barry Silbert
Caroline & Andrew Walker

This is our only fundraiser of the year. Proceeds support the full calendar of FREE public programs that we offer year round plus ongoing preservation and restoration projects of the buildings and grounds.  

For Corporate Sponsorships or Underwriting Opportunities, please contact JHC Executive Director Kevin Peraino at

News & Upcoming Events

NY State Parks Applauds JHC & NBW

Jay Estate Gardens Official Opening

On June 12, 120 supporters and non-profit partners of the Jay Heritage Center (JHC) raised a glass at the official opening of the newly revitalized Jay Estate Gardens, an expansive, educational, green space where American history, sustainability, and diverse cultural narratives all converge. NY State Parks Deputy Commissioner Daniel Mackay hailed the project and the partners that made it a reality. Read more here

Daniel Mackay, Suzanne Clary, Thomas Woltz, Larry Weaner and Mark Streiter
Dave Thomas, Olney and Mary Reynolds, Kiah Thomas and Kevin Peraino

Photos by Kim Crichlow and Cutty McGill

The Jay Estate Gardens

Video of Thomas Woltz's Presentation

What was the evolution of the design for the Jay Estate Gardens? Award-winning landscape architect Thomas Woltz guides us through the process. Watch the full video here.

“We firmly believe that the soil we stand on, the soil we occupy, it’s full. Whenever I hear someone say ‘Oh, there’s empty space,  open space, the site is tabula rasa, there’s nothing there,’ it’s just not true. There’s always something there. Whether it’s the geologic history of the retreat of the glacial ice sheet, whether it’s the first Native American occupation of this continent,  whether it’s the colonial settlements and arrivals, the beginning of industry, the enslavement of other humans, there are stories beautiful and hideous in the land beneath our feet and it becomes our moral duty to excavate and reveal those stories as we find them… places like this site are leading the way in a new kind of preservation.”






Pollinator Week Tour

Sunday, September 26

Many of our garden volunteers hail from neighboring Larchmont and Mamaroneck so we were thrilled to be invited to participate in the 2nd Annual Pollinator Garden Tour in honor of Pollinator Week!

Stop by the Jay Estate Gardens and see just how many plants have been installed specifically for the benefit of bees, butterflies and birds! Tag your photos with #JayEstateGardens and #PollinatorWeek and we will feature the best shots on our Instagram and Facebook page!


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

...and today, it is YOUR park



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