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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/ 

Sun 02 Sep
Tours of the 1838 Jay Mansion
Sunday, September 2, 2018 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
(914) 698-9275

Sundays, September 2, 9, 16, 30. The Jay Estate in Rye is where one of our Founding Fathers, John Jay (1745-1829) grew up and returned for inspiration at some of the most pivotal moments in our nation’s history. Today, this sylvan oasis, once part of a 400-acre farm, still boasts a magnificent 10,000-year-old view to Long Island Sound and is open to the public. The grounds provide a breathtaking glimpse of the horizons that Jay and his descendants saw for our new country. Join us for a docent led narrative of the Jay family’s life in Rye including a tour of the 1838 Jay Mansion. See the ongoing restoration of this Greek Revival masterpiece, the only one of its kind open to the public in the lower Hudson Valley. Built by Jay’s eldest son, Peter Augustus, it sits atop the footprint of John Jay's childhood home and reincorporated into it are the original timbers, shutters and nails from the 1745 farmhouse called The Locusts. Visitors can literally see the layers of history being uncovered here by artisans and archaeologists during the preservation process. 2pm – 5pm | Location: 1838 Jay Mansion | Admission is Free! | All Ages

Sun 09 Sep
Tours of the 1838 Jay Mansion
Sunday, September 9, 2018 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
(914) 698-9275

Sundays, September 2, 9, 16, 30. The Jay Estate in Rye is where one of our Founding Fathers, John Jay (1745-1829) grew up and returned for inspiration at some of the most pivotal moments in our nation’s history. Today, this sylvan oasis, once part of a 400-acre farm, still boasts a magnificent 10,000-year-old view to Long Island Sound and is open to the public. The grounds provide a breathtaking glimpse of the horizons that Jay and his descendants saw for our new country. Join us for a docent led narrative of the Jay family’s life in Rye including a tour of the 1838 Jay Mansion. See the ongoing restoration of this Greek Revival masterpiece, the only one of its kind open to the public in the lower Hudson Valley. Built by Jay’s eldest son, Peter Augustus, it sits atop the footprint of John Jay's childhood home and reincorporated into it are the original timbers, shutters and nails from the 1745 farmhouse called The Locusts. Visitors can literally see the layers of history being uncovered here by artisans and archaeologists during the preservation process. 2pm – 5pm | Location: 1838 Jay Mansion | Admission is Free! | All Ages

Wed 12 Sep
The Furniture of Duncan Phyfe with Peter Kenny
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 06:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
(914) 698-9275

Peter Kenny, Co-President and Executive Director of the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, Richard H. Jenrette Foundation will speak on the furniture of Duncan Phyfe in the late 1830s and early 1840s, using the National Historic Landmark building Millford (1841), in South Carolina as a focus for discussing Greek Revival architecture and interior decoration of the period. Q & A and Reception following. Peter Kenny, a longtime Curator and Administrator of The American Wing of The Metropolitan Museum, is considered one of the nation's foremost authorities on American furniture. Classical American Homes is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) foundation whose primary focus is the preservation of classical residential architecture, period furnishings, and landscapes in America, primarily of the early 19th century. It was founded by the late Richard Hampton Jenrette.

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6pm | Location: 1838 Jay Mansion | $15 Members $20 Non-Members | Adults

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Sun 16 Sep
Tours of the 1838 Jay Mansion
Sunday, September 16, 2018 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
(914) 698-9275

Sundays, September 2, 9, 16, 30. The Jay Estate in Rye is where one of our Founding Fathers, John Jay (1745-1829) grew up and returned for inspiration at some of the most pivotal moments in our nation’s history. Today, this sylvan oasis, once part of a 400-acre farm, still boasts a magnificent 10,000-year-old view to Long Island Sound and is open to the public. The grounds provide a breathtaking glimpse of the horizons that Jay and his descendants saw for our new country. Join us for a docent led narrative of the Jay family’s life in Rye including a tour of the 1838 Jay Mansion. See the ongoing restoration of this Greek Revival masterpiece, the only one of its kind open to the public in the lower Hudson Valley. Built by Jay’s eldest son, Peter Augustus, it sits atop the footprint of John Jay's childhood home and reincorporated into it are the original timbers, shutters and nails from the 1745 farmhouse called The Locusts. Visitors can literally see the layers of history being uncovered here by artisans and archaeologists during the preservation process. 2pm – 5pm | Location: 1838 Jay Mansion | Admission is Free! | All Ages

Sun 23 Sep
Jay Day! Hudson River Ramble
Sunday, September 23, 2018 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
(914) 698-9275

Follow NY's Path Through History to our front door in Rye, NY! Over 1200 visitors will enjoy the Hudson River Valley Ramble and this celebration of American culture and traditions. Highlights include live music from Bach to Rock Mamaroneck, NY , hand cut portraits courtesy of Sweet-Silhouette by Varin , book signings with best-selling Scholastic Dragon Masters' author Tracey West, a farmers market, the Bubble Bus, Pied Piper Pony Rides, and historical house tours.Don't miss the sights and tastes of autumn in New York's Hudson Valley! This year guests will sample bites from the Melt Mobile, Jimmy's Soft Serve, the Waffle Box, Scarborough Fair Catering / SF Express and ABC Cakes. Purchase unique gifts from vendors like Circle 7 Framing and craft sellers including MADE: my art + design experience Treat the kids to face painting or dive into garden activities. Thank you to our sponsors including Con Edison for our Green Garden Activities Table and Reed's Ginger Brew and Virgil's Natural Sodas for providing FREE beverages for all our guests! Be a Jay Day Gold Supporter and get a private tour of the historic 1907 Clocktower! For more info contact us at (914) 698-9275 or jayheritagecenter@gmail.com Vendor booths still available. Want to volunteer for JHC? Sign up at Volunteer Match.

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11am – 3pm | Location: Jay Estate | $40 per Family; $10 Individual | All Ages

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