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Sunday, September 22 from 11am - 3pm

Jay Day & Hudson River Valley Ramble Return!

#HudsonRiverValleyRamble & JAY DAY are coming up soon! Don’t miss the sights and tastes of autumn in New York while helping us transform the Jay Estate into a 23 acre educational park.  Returning highlights from last year will include live music from The Yale Spizzwinks(?) , and exquisite hand cut Sweet-Silhouette by Varin.  New this year, purchase beautiful hand painted canvases from local artist Holly Meeker Rom or handmade crafts from Hometown Love. As always, enjoy strolling through our farmers market and take a historical house tour. Grab something yummy from one of our food trucks including Meltmobile and Jimmy’s Soft Serve!

Thank you to our sponsors including Drink Reed’s and Drink Virgil’s Natural Sodas for providing FREE beverages for all our guests! Thank you to Con Edison volunteers for making this event successful every year.

Admission is $40 per Family; $15 Individual. Be a Jay Day Gold Supporter and get a private tour of the historic 1907 Clocktower! Ticket link up soon. For more info about vendor booths or to volunteer, contact us at (914) 698-9275 or .

News & Upcoming Events

August 30, 2019

Summer Jams at Jay!

Fifty years ago, on a farm in upstate New York, a half million people gathered for three days of peace and music at WOODSTOCK. Those three days changed the way the world thinks about music and togetherness. On Friday, August 30th, 2019, the Jay Heritage Center will recapture the sights, sounds and energy of Woodstock. Stretch out on our front lawn with your friends and be transported by the music and vibe of those days back in 1969 courtesy of Crazy Otto.

Part One of our show, 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm, will be a fast-paced tour of some of the most influential artists to play at Woodstock, including Janis Joplin, The Band, Joan Baez, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker and more.

Part Two of our show, 8:25 pm to 9:30 pm, will dive into the music of one of Woodstock’s most famous acts, the Grateful Dead. Deadheads and casual festival-goers alike will groove to this performance.  Read more here or purchase tickets

September 13, 2019

The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan with Russell Shorto

Join us for a talk and book signing by Russell Shorto on Friday, September 13. Shorto is the bestselling author of The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America. In anticipation of our Nieuw Amsterdam Soirée on October 19, Shorto will discuss the gripping tale of the origins of the Dutch colony of New Netherlands.

Shorto is a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine and a senior scholar at the New Netherland Institute. He is also the author of Revolution Song, Amsterdam, and three other books. His article on the remnants of Dutch culture in the Hudson Valley was recently featured on the front page of the New York Times Travel

Free for JHC Members. $15 General Admission

Read more here

September 19, 6 - 7:30pm

Learning from Bedford: Community-Based Climate Change Solutions

Planting native is one thing we can do, helping to restore native plant communities that have been riding the waves of change for millenia. We can also become better land stewards and use our land to support songbirds and pollinators, reduce the amount of lawn area, grow food in harmony with nature, and be active in our community to reduce our town’s carbon footprint.  Bedford 2020 and Midge Kyle Iorio, Executive Director of Bedford 2020 will present on the petri-dish of Bedford, its role as a testing ground for community climate strategies that can be replicated, and sharing what they’ve learned on reducing their carbon footprint 1 year short of 2020.

Please RSVP for this FREE program by 9/16 and learn more here 

Co-Sponsored by Plan It Wild and Jay Heritage Center.


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Contractors' Section

CDs 100% for Historic Jay Gardens and Palmer Tennis House

NBWLA Specs & Plans for Historic Jay Gardens

Preservation of the gardens and the meadow are of paramount concern as the grassland birds that have historically relied upon this habitat are an increasingly threatened and diminishing group. We are pleased to be working with Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects and Larry Weaner Design Associates on these renewal projects approved by the New York State Office of Historic Preservation (SHPO).

Dropbox links for qualified bidders can be accessed here:

Approved Specifications by NBWLA for Historic Jay Gardens

Approved Plans by NBWLA 100% C & D

Geotechnical Report by Langan Engineering, Environmental Surveying

Soil Testing Results by Turf Diagnostics


Stephen Tilly Architects Specs and Plans for 1917 Palmer Tennis House

The 1917 Palmer Tennis House is believed to be the third oldest indoor facility of its kind in the country and carries both architectural and historical importance. in 2015, a grant of $391,056 in Federal Superstorm Sandy funds was secured by Congressman Eliot Engel and awarded to JHC for purposes of rehabilitating the structure for community use and youth clinics. Once preserved, the tennis house can be a community location to teach children the sport of tennis in a historic setting.  JHC is seeking private and corporate donors to complete the restoration of this facility.

Dropbox links for qualified bidders can be accessed here:

Approved CD-100% by Stephen Tilly Architects for Structural Stabilization and Roof Repair of 1917 Palmer Tennis House

Palmer Tennis Specs Part 1 

Palmer Tennis Specs Part 2

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