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

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How Can We Best Preserve African American History in Rye and Westchester?

Preservation of African American history takes real scholarship, advocacy and partnerships. More than 90 individuals of every age agree and attended our program “Dwellings of the Enslaved and Freed in the City and Town of Rye” held on Sunday, June 9th at the 1838 Jay Mansion. Thank you to our superb speakers Joseph McGill, Jr., Founder of The Slave Dwelling Project and Dr. Larry Spruill, of Morehouse College for two vibrant, empowering presentations and discussions.

Earlier in the day, both guest speakers took the time to visit the Slave Quarters at the Bush-Lyon Homestead in Port Chester along with the African American Cemetery on North Street. 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.

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