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Jay Heritage Center

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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.

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Sun 28 Apr
Tours of the 1838 Jay Mansion
Sunday, April 28, 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. 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 is 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. But so too are the legacies of all the men and women who lived or worked here and left their imprints on this very same quintessentially American landscape.

2:00pm – 5pm | Location: 1838 Jay Mansion |FREE for Students, Educators and JHC Members; $10 General Admission | For further information:

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