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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 Estate in Rye is one of two family homes of American founding father John Jay (1745-1829) located in Westchester. Jay was a noted jurist, peacemaker, governor and anti-slavery advocate. The site, which overlooks Long Island Sound is part of the Boston Post Road Historic District, a National Historic Landmark and a stop on Westchester County's African American Heritage Trail. It is also one of 100 top attractions in the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.

The Jay Estate has three owners: 21.5 acres have been owned by New York State Parks in conjunction with Westchester County Parks since 1997. The not-for-profit organization, the Jay Heritage Center (JHC) owns the 1838 Greek Revival mansion, and 1.5 acres of land around it. The 1907 Van Norden Carriage House is a second building being restored by JHC; it serves as the Jay Estate Visitor and Education Center.

Under a 2013 agreement, the Jay Estate is managed by JHC for New York State and Westchester County as dedicated parkland. It is used for recreation and hosts programs about American history, social justice, architecture and conservation. The restoration of historic gardens and a 1917 Tennis House are ongoing projects and when finished will be exciting resources for the public.

For hours of operating and other visiting information, please visit: jayheritagecenter.org

Tue 16 Apr
Ikebana Demonstration with Judith Hata
Tuesday, April 16, 2024 11:30 AM
Jay Heritage Center
"Where there are flowers there are friends." Please join us for an Ikebana demonstration with Judith Hata, who has been teaching ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging, in the New York area for over 60 years. She holds the rank of Riji, the highest teacher's degree in the Sogetsu School, having learned her art directly under Sofu Teshigahara, founder of the Sogetsu School, and then under his daughter and successor, Kasumi Teshigahara. Mrs. Hata served on the Board of Directors of the Horticultural Society of New York and the Committee for the New York Flower Shows. Please visit our website to sign up for this event.
Thu 18 Apr
Garden Workshops and Volunteer Opportunities
Thursday, April 18, 2024 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
Come and discover the award-winning Jay Estate Gardens this spring! The gardens will be open to the public two days a week. Enjoy docent led experiences or follow a self-guided tour following our QR code signs. Drop in for a lesson, talks, and workshops led by JHC's Director of Horticulture and Garden Education, Lucia Maestro and special guest speakers. Please visit our website or email Lucia for more information: hortdirector.JHC@gmail.com.
Sun 21 Apr
Garden Workshops and Volunteer Opportunities
Sunday, April 21, 2024 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
Come and discover the award-winning Jay Estate Gardens this spring! The gardens will be open to the public two days a week. Enjoy docent led experiences or follow a self-guided tour following our QR code signs. Drop in for a lesson, talks, and workshops led by JHC's Director of Horticulture and Garden Education, Lucia Maestro and special guest speakers. Please visit our website or email Lucia for more information: hortdirector.JHC@gmail.com.
Thu 25 Apr
Garden Workshops and Volunteer Opportunities
Thursday, April 25, 2024 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
Come and discover the award-winning Jay Estate Gardens this spring! The gardens will be open to the public two days a week. Enjoy docent led experiences or follow a self-guided tour following our QR code signs. Drop in for a lesson, talks, and workshops led by JHC's Director of Horticulture and Garden Education, Lucia Maestro and special guest speakers. Please visit our website or email Lucia for more information: hortdirector.JHC@gmail.com.
Sun 28 Apr
Garden Workshops and Volunteer Opportunities
Sunday, April 28, 2024 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
Come and discover the award-winning Jay Estate Gardens this spring! The gardens will be open to the public two days a week. Enjoy docent led experiences or follow a self-guided tour following our QR code signs. Drop in for a lesson, talks, and workshops led by JHC's Director of Horticulture and Garden Education, Lucia Maestro and special guest speakers. Please visit our website or email Lucia for more information: hortdirector.JHC@gmail.com.

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