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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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Thu 19 Sep
Learning from Bedford: Community-Based Climate Change Solutions
Thursday, September 19, 2019 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Jay Heritage Center
(914) 698-9275

Bedford 2020 was founded in 2010 and named for a very clear objective: “Reducing Bedford, New York’s carbon emissions 20% by 2020 and preserving our natural resources.” 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. Join us on this free and open-to-the-public countywide roadshow, with a selection of speakers, topics, and workshops that address what each of us can do to help biodiversity, resiliency, and beauty shine in Westchester.

6:00pm – 7:30pm | Location: 1907 Carriage House| FREE Admission RSVP By 9/16 Learn More @

Registration: Required
Sun 22 Sep
Jay Day!
Sunday, September 22, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
(914) 698-9275

Hudson River Valley Ramble

The #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, Yale Spizzwinks Alumni Association and exquisite hand cut Sweet-Silhouette by Varin. New this year, purchase beautiful hand painted canvases from local artist Holly Meeker Rom. As always, enjoy strolling through our farmers market and take a historical house tour.

11:00am – 3:00pm | Location: Jay Estate|$40 Per Family; $15 Individual | For further information:

Fri 27 Sep
The Curious World of Seaweed with Josie Iselin: Presentation & Book-Signing
Friday, September 27, 2019 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Jay Heritage Center
(914) 698-9275

Join us for a gorgeous visual presentation combining historical botanical illustrations and Iselin’s signature, Marimekko-like portraits of each specimen that reveal their vibrant colors—whether rosy, “olivaceous,” or grass-green—and whimsical shapes. Iselin posits that we can learn not only about the seaweeds but also from them: their resilience, their resourcefulness, their poetry and magic. Her writing and art focused on seaweeds, kelp, and sea otter put her on the forefront of ocean activism, collaborating with scientists and groups working to preserve the kelp forests of our Pacific Coast. As a fine artist, Josie exhibits large-scale prints at select galleries and museums, and she has designed a line of luxury scarves and shower curtains.

6:00pm – 7:30pm | Location: 1907 Carriage House|FREE Admission for JHC Members; $15 General Admission | For further information:

Sat 28 Sep
African American History in Westchester Cemetery Tour, Exhibit & Reception
Saturday, September 28, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
(914) 698-9275

Pursuant to the 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act, The African American History in Westchester Commemoration Committee (#AAHW400) and the African American Advisory Board of Westchester County will host a tour of the Rye African American Cemetery together with the Friends of the African American Cemetery, Westchester County Historical Society and Jay Heritage Center. Hear the narratives of real families, watch demonstrations of monument cleaning and learn about the preservation of this historic property. Following docent led tours, visitors will be welcomed to a free Photo Exhibit and Reception at the Jay Heritage Center's 1907 Carriage House.

More info to follow with updates on the official #AAHW Facebook Page

Learn more about the 13 sites on Westchester County's African American Heritage Trail here.

11:00am – 3:00pm | Location: 1907 Carriage House|FREE

Sun 29 Sep
Tours of the 1838 Jay Mansion
Sunday, September 29, 2019 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
(914) 698-9275

FREE for Students, Educators and JHC Members;

$10 Suggested General Admission

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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. 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.

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