Jay Heritage Center

Our Mission

Our non-profit, the Jay Heritage Center (JHC) is dedicated to transforming the 23 acre Jay Estate into a vibrant educational campus, hosting innovative programs about American History, Social Justice, Architecture, Environmental Stewardship and Landscape Conservation.

We hope to encourage people of all ages to understand, preserve and protect our shared heritage, natural and man-made – and to inspire the future historians, civic advocates and stewards of our fragile cultural and environmental resources.

As stewards first chartered by the NY Board State of Regents in 1990 to preserve, protect and interpret the 23 acre site, JHC has launched efforts to restore the extensive complex of buildings, their gardens and grounds for use with resonant indoor and outdoor classrooms. Our work is guided and supported by a public-private partnership with New York State and Westchester County Parks forged in 2013.

As the home of native New Yorker and Founding Father John Jay and his descendants for many generations, the Jay Estate  is a place of irreplaceable cultural importance and history, a place that provides visitors with an opportunity to study the evolution of our nation, its democracy and its complicated system of social justice.

Come see why this American place was designated a National Historic Landmark, one of fewer than 2600 such sites in the nation. Come immerse yourself and your family in history and nature and see what author Tony Hiss described as a “time funnel” view back in time from our front door down to Long Island Sound.


2019 - 2020

Jay Heritage Center Board of Trustees

Suzanne Clary

Vice Presidents
Michael A. Kovner
Joris van Roijen

Betsy Buttrill White


Catherine “Kitty” Aresty
Kelly Bakshi
Lucy Boinay Berkoff
Tracy Edwards
Elizabeth Schoff Garrett
Sara Goddard
Prof. Shelby D. Green
Brad Neuman
Jorge Otero-Pailos
Kathryn Schnaars
Caroline Olmstead Wallach
Timothy T. Yates

Advisory Board
Kay Ryan Booth
Jay E. Cantor
Pierre Jay de Vegh
Sharon and John Jay Du Bois
Alexa Hampton
Nikolaas Henket
Emily and John Clarkson Jay
James T. Kelsey
David McI. Parsons
Denise Richards
Prof. Nicholas A. Robinson
Griff Samples
Frank Emile Sanchis III
Carol Sellon
Arete S. Warren

Awards and Milestones

Steve Tilly Architects Retained for 1917 Palmer Tennis House;
Official Launch Site for Revolutionary Westchester 250;
100% CD Plans for Historic Jay Gardens Approved by NYSHPO – Completion December 2019

25th Anniversary!

May 2016
Larry Weaner Landscape Associates Retained to Rehabilitate the Jay Meadow with Wildflowers and Native Grasses

August 2015
Awarded $391,056 Hurricane Sandy Relief for Stabilization of 1917 Palmer Tennis House, 3rd Oldest Indoor Court in US

December 2014
Awarded $500,000 Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Grant from NY State Parks to Restore Historic Jay Gardens; Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects Retained

July 2013
JHC Awarded Stewardship of 23 Acre Jay Estate by New York State Parks and Westchester County Parks

June 2013
Garden Club of America (Zone III) Award for Historic Preservation

January 2013
Named to New York State’s Path Through History – Civil Rights and American Revolutionary War

June 2010
Garden Club of America (Rye Garden Club) Award for Historic Preservation

January 2009
Selected as 1 of 99 Sites in the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (HRVNHA) for Architecture, Environment, Freedom & Dignity, Landscapes & Gardens

October 2008
1838 Peter Augustus Jay Mansion Becomes Oldest National Historic Landmark (NHL) in New York State to Install a Geothermal Heating and Cooling System, 1st NHL in Westchester to do so

December 2007
Awarded $100,000 Save America’s Treasures Grant by National Park Service to Upgrade Energy Systems

Recognized as 1 of 13 Sites on the African American Heritage Trail of Westchester County because of John Jay’s Role in Abolishing Slavery

August 1993
Designated a National Historic Landmark by National Park Service – John Jay’s Home Recognized as “Centerpiece” of Boston Post Road Historic District

July 1992
Jay Heritage Center, Jay Descendants and Jay Coalition Secure Future of Jay Estate

Jay Heritage Center Chartered by the New York State Board of Regents and Incorporated as a 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit