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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.

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

Fri 05 Apr
Jams at Jay with the Ken Dircks Trio and special guest, Steph Chinn
Friday, April 5, 2019 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Jay Heritage Center
(914) 698-9275

The trio formed in 2016 when Ken, Nicole and Paul, as local Larchmont musical parents, were experimenting with a larger ensemble of New Orleans speakeasy jazz. Paul plunked "Beatrice" by Sam Rivers during a break; Ken followed along for a few notes on standup, and Nicole declared "hey we should do something with this!" The Ken Dircks Trio was born.

With Steph Chinn as a regular special guest, the threesome quickly formed its own repertoire of standards with a twist. Nicole's stage and screen experience, Paul's precision and diligence, and Ken's offbeat non-jazz approach make their show a unique experience.

7:00pm – 9:30pm | Location: 1907 Van Norden Carriage House | |$25 JHC Members; $30 General Admission | For further information: www.jayheritagecenter.org

Sun 07 Apr
Tours of the 1838 Jay Mansion
Sunday, April 7, 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: www.jayheritagecenter.org

Sun 14 Apr
Tours of the 1838 Jay Mansion
Sunday, April 14, 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: www.jayheritagecenter.org

Thu 18 Apr
The Little Garden Club
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Jay Heritage Center
(914) 698-9275

Come see all the entries in our sunny yellow Carriage House. Judges will present awards and ribbons for the most outstanding specimens from area gardens. The variety of daffodils and their colors will be endless; traditional yellows sat side by side with fancy pink frilled and white daffodils. See tables filled with flowers with exotic names like 'Tahiti,' 'Jetfire' and 'Tete a Tete.' Veteran growers and novices are invited to enter! Anyone can enter their daffodils into the show. Entries will be received between 8:00am and 10:15am on Thursday. Help will be available for identification and grooming. Judging will take place between 10:45 and 12:30pm and winners selected. | For further information: www.jayheritagecenter.org

1:30pm – 4pm | Location: 1907 Van Norden Carriage House |FREE|

This is a great way to inspire young people to learn more about the science of horticulture. Youth entries are encouraged; youth entries ONLY will be received on Wednesday April 17 between 3:00-5:00pm.

Thu 18 Apr
Lecture and Book Signing with Prof. Victoria Johnson: American Eden
Thursday, April 18, 2019 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
(914) 698-9275

David Hosack, Botany and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic

On a clear morning in July 1804, Alexander Hamilton stepped onto a boat at the edge of the Hudson River. He was bound for a New Jersey dueling ground to settle his bitter dispute with Aaron Burr. Hamilton took just two men with him: his “second” for the duel, and Dr. David Hosack. Hosack was one of the few points the duelists did agree on. A brilliant surgeon and a world-class botanist, Hosack—who until now has been lost in the fog of history—was a pioneering thinker who shaped a young nation. His tireless work championing public health and science earned him national fame and praise from the likes of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander von Humboldt, the Marquis de Lafayette and John Jay. Victoria Johnson is Associate Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at Hunter College of the City University of New York, where she teaches on nonprofits, arts management, and the history of New York City. She earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Yale in 1991 and a Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia in 2002. Before joining Hunter College in 2015, she taught at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for thirteen years.

Limited availability.

Location: 1838 Jay Mansion |$25 JHC Members; $30 General Admission | For further information: www.jayheritagecenter.org or 1776RW250@gmail.com  

Registration: Optional

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