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

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July 16 12-1:30pm

Telling the Full Story

How do we get to the point where telling the full story is normal instead of novel? Join us for this FREE program on July 16 from 12-1:30pm with colleagues from fellow historic sites in New York : Donna Marie Barnes, Sylvester Manor Educational Farm; Meredith Sorin Horsford, Dyckman Farmhouse  Museum Alliance; Liselle LaFrance, Historic Huguenot Street; and Lavada Nahon, New York State Parks. Organized by the Preservation League of NY State and the Museum Association of New YorkRegister here at



Environmentalists Turn Out to Strategize

Clean Water Rye Forum

The Jay Estate has overlooked Long Island Sound for centuries and was saved to preserve clean water and fragile natural habitats as well as protect historic, cultural and archaeological resources. Which is why we were so excited to host Save the Sound’s Water Quality and Ecological Restoration teams for an in-person forum on water quality, stormwater management and river, marsh and coastal restoration opportunities in Rye, New York.

Attendees discussed local environmental challenges and learned about opportunities for sensitive restoration with fellow community members and government officials. Link to video to come.





Conserving Stones and Stories

January to Juneteenth

On January 30, 2021, a handful of individuals in Covid masks and winter coats, met at a small one-acre burial ground to plan a substantive and very visible endeavor to celebrate our country’s first federally recognized Juneteenth holiday.  How best to  commemorate the end of slavery in the United States and pay tribute to the people who suffered under oppression for so many years? Dave Thomas, President of the Friends of the African-American Cemetery (FOAAC) in Rye and Suzanne Clary, President of the Jay Heritage Center (JHC) invited Frank Sanchis, Director of US Programs for the World Monuments Fund (WMF) and Susan Olsen, Director of Historical Services for the  Woodlawn Cemetery Conservancy (WCC) to tour the grounds of  a sacred place first established in 1860 for free Black families and members of the St. Frances African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Port Chester. Their objective: to preserve real stories and stones simultaneously.

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