The Jay Estate in Rye was the home of one of our nation's greatest Founding Fathers, John Jay...
...and today, it is YOUR park
Upcoming Events & News
Sunday, June 9, 2-5pm
Dwellings of the Enslaved and Freed in the City and Town of Rye
With Joseph McGill, Jr., Founder of The Slave Dwelling Project & Historian Dr. Larry Spruill
Learn more about the places where enslaved men, women and children lived, worked, slept and died in the City and Town of Rye before and after emancipation. We’ll study the original Jay Estate on the Post Road with special focus on the recent archaeological discovery of a Dutch brick building on the property by Prof. Eugene Boesch. We’ll also discuss strategies for preserving and interpreting slave quarters at the Bush Lyon Homestead in Port Chester which may be the oldest such structure in Westchester County. With special guest speaker Joseph McGill, Jr., Founder of The Slave Dwelling Project and panelists including noted Westchester historian Dr. Larry Spruill, Professor at Morehouse College. FREE and Open to the Public. Read more here:
Parade and Gathering at the Jay Cemetery
Memorial Day Observance 2019
The Jay Heritage Center’s horse drawn carriage is a Memorial Day tradition! Thanks to all our supporters and the public for waving the flag from the sideboards and the sidewalks – it was another day for the history books! More photos of the parade here
After the parade and observances on the Village Green, the descendants of John Jay hosted the public for a special visit to the Jay Family Cemetery which was followed by a reception at the Jay Mansion. Thank to you to the American Legion, Post 128 for their participation in the afternoon.
Designated by National Park Service
Jay Estate Marks 10 Years as HRVNHA site
In 2009, the Jay Estate was Designated an Official Site of the Maurice D. Hinchey Hudson River Valley Heritage Area (HRVNHA). It’s been a robust decade of programming since the 23 acre park and it’s non profit steward, the Jay Heritage Center (JHC) in Rye, were unanimously selected to join the esteemed company of just over 100 other HRVNHA sites including FDR’s home in Hyde Park, Lyndhurst, Olana, Kykuit and Caramoor, to name a few.
The HRVNHA was established by Congress in 1996 and is one of 40 federally designated Heritage Areas, funded through the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior by annual appropriations. The mission of its governing agencies is “to recognize, preserve, protect and interpret the nationally significant cultural and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley for the benefit of the Nation.” The HRVNHA encompasses 250 communities and member sites that share a commonality in their interpretation of one or more major American heritage themes including Freedom & Dignity, Architecture, Environment and the Revolutionary War.
See what makes us such a memorable destination – join us for Sunday tours of the Jay Mansion on June 2nd, 23rd and 30th between 2 and 5pm. No reservation necessary.