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

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Taking Action on Climate Change

Three distinguished experts on environmental stewardship joined JHC board member Sara Goddard this autumn to debate strategies for opening a meaningful dialogue about critical issues in the natural world. At the virtual program, titled “Voices for a Green Recovery: Taking Action on Climate Change from the Ground Up,” Goddard led a fascinating discussion with Andrew Revkin, environmental journalist and founding director of the Initiative on Communication and Sustainability at Columbia University’s Earth InstituteEric Sanderson, author of “Manahatta: A Natural History of New York City“; and Doug Tallamy, author of “Nature’s Best Hope” and “Bringing Nature Home.”

Watch the full program here.


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Your donation will help us to fund JHC’s full slate of educational programs and operating expenses–from award-winning speakers to bold capital projects! We invite you to donate using this link or by personal check made out to Jay Heritage Center, 210 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY, 10580. For more information about gifts of stock and other legacy giving options, please contact our executive director, Kevin Peraino, at


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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.



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