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Jay Heritage Center

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Address
210 Boston Post Road
Rye, NY 10580
Latitude 40.958358
Longitude -73.705237

The 23-acre Jay property overlooking Long Island Sound in Rye is the boyhood home of New York State's only native founding father, John Jay (1745-1829). It is part of the Boston Post Road Historic District, a National Historic Landmark and a stop on Westchester County's African American Heritage Trail. The 1838 Greek Revival mansion, which is the centerpiece of the property, was built by Peter Augustus Jay. The mansion is being restored and managed by the not-for-profit organization, the Jay Heritage Center (JHC). The 1907 Van Norden Carriage House is a second building being restored and serves as the JHC Visitor and Education Center.

The Jay property, originally acquired by Westchester County in 1992, is an important piece of designated parkland to the Westchester County parks system. It is an environmentally significant area that serves as the headlands of the watershed of the adjacent county park, Marshlands Conservancy. The Jay property has been owned in conjunction with New York State since 1997 and is managed by Westchester County Parks as dedicated state and county parkland. It is used for recreation, historic education and conservation purposes.

For hours of operating and other visiting information, please visit: http://jayheritagecenter.org/visit/plan-your-visit/ 

Sat 01 Jun
Tours of the 1838 Jay Mansion
Saturday, June 1, 2019 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
(914) 698-9275

The Jay Estate in Rye is where one of our nation’s Founding Fathers, John Jay (1745-1829) grew up as a young man. He returned here throughout his life including to celebrate the landmark Treaty of Paris with family and friends. This sylvan and historic 23-acre oasis, once part of an expansive 400-acre farm, still boasts a magnificent 10,000-year-old view to Long Island Sound. Join us for a docent led tour of this landmark place on New York State’s Path Through History and see the crucible where the character of a patriot was forged. Jay served his country in every branch of government - as a spymaster during the Revolutionary War; as a diplomat and Minister to Spain; as a negotiator of the Treaty of Paris and the Jay Treaty; as an architect of our state’s constitution; as an author of the Federalist Papers; as our first United States Chief Justice; as Governor of New York State; and as an anti-slavery advocate who founded the New York Society for the Manumission of Slaves and signed the Gradual Emancipation Act into law. Jay’s accomplishments are many and his legacy to future generations is immeasurable.

FREE for Students, Educators & JHC Members; $10 Suggested General Admission

Additional Info here.

Sun 09 Jun
The Slave Dwelling Project: Looking at the City and Town of Rye
Sunday, June 9, 2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
(914) 698-9275

Location: 1838 Jay Mansion |FREE Admission | For further information click here.

Learn more about the places where enslaved men, women and children lived, worked, slept and died in the City and Town of Rye before and after emancipation. We'll study the original Jay Estate on the Post Road with special focus on the recent archaeological discovery of a Dutch brick building on the property by Prof. Eugene Boesch. We’ll also discuss strategies for preserving and interpreting slave quarters at the Bush Lyon Homestead in Port Chester which may be the oldest such structures in Westchester County. With special guest speaker Joseph McGill, members of The Slave Dwelling Project and panelists including noted Westchester historian Dr. Larry Spruill, Professor at Morehouse College. The Slave Dwelling Project raises national awareness of extant structures related to the stories of enslaved men and women and brings together scholars, preservationists, students and educators to preserve and interpret these significant structures and places. This event is part of #AAHW400, Westchester County's 2019 commemoration of African American History and the Diaspora.
Sat 22 Jun
Tours of the 1838 Jay Mansion
Saturday, June 22, 2019 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
(914) 698-9275

The Jay Estate in Rye is where one of our nation’s Founding Fathers, John Jay (1745-1829) grew up as a young man. He returned here throughout his life including to celebrate the landmark Treaty of Paris with family and friends. This sylvan and historic 23-acre oasis, once part of an expansive 400-acre farm, still boasts a magnificent 10,000-year-old view to Long Island Sound. Join us for a docent led tour of this landmark place on New York State’s Path Through History and see the crucible where the character of a patriot was forged. Jay served his country in every branch of government - as a spymaster during the Revolutionary War; as a diplomat and Minister to Spain; as a negotiator of the Treaty of Paris and the Jay Treaty; as an architect of our state’s constitution; as an author of the Federalist Papers; as our first United States Chief Justice; as Governor of New York State; and as an anti-slavery advocate who founded the New York Society for the Manumission of Slaves and signed the Gradual Emancipation Act into law. Jay’s accomplishments are many and his legacy to future generations is immeasurable.

FREE for Students, Educators & JHC Members; $10 Suggested General Admission Additional Info here.

Sat 29 Jun
Tours of the 1838 Jay Mansion
Saturday, June 29, 2019 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
(914) 698-9275

The Jay Estate in Rye is where one of our nation’s Founding Fathers, John Jay (1745-1829) grew up as a young man. He returned here throughout his life including to celebrate the landmark Treaty of Paris with family and friends. This sylvan and historic 23-acre oasis, once part of an expansive 400-acre farm, still boasts a magnificent 10,000-year-old view to Long Island Sound. Join us for a docent led tour of this landmark place on New York State’s Path Through History and see the crucible where the character of a patriot was forged. Jay served his country in every branch of government - as a spymaster during the Revolutionary War; as a diplomat and Minister to Spain; as a negotiator of the Treaty of Paris and the Jay Treaty; as an architect of our state’s constitution; as an author of the Federalist Papers; as our first United States Chief Justice; as Governor of New York State; and as an anti-slavery advocate who founded the New York Society for the Manumission of Slaves and signed the Gradual Emancipation Act into law. Jay’s accomplishments are many and his legacy to future generations is immeasurable. 

FREE for Students, Educators and JHC Members; $10 Suggested General Admission

More info here.

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