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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

Thu 26 May
OPEN GARDEN DAYS AT THE NEWLY OPENED JAY GARDENS
Thursday, May 26, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
Overlooking Long Island Sound, the 23-acre Jay Estate was once the land of the Lenape before it became the family seat of nation-maker John Jay, who helped abolish slavery in New York State. Today the Jay Estate is a home for ideas, civil dialogue, and action about social and environmental justice and much more. Operated by the nonprofit Jay Heritage Center (JHC) for the benefit of the public, the land—particularly its stunning viewshed—gives context to the stories of its diverse inhabitants and stewards going back thousands of years. This month the gardens were named one of New York Cottages and Gardens magazine's "Home-Grown Beauties." Stop by any time for docent-led tours or a stroll through on your own! And please say hello to our new Director of Horticulture and Garden Education, Lucia Maestro! For volunteer opportunities please email Lucia at hortdirector.jhc@gmail.com.The spectacular new Jay Gardens are open to the public every week at the following times: Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No reservations necessary.
Sun 29 May
OPEN GARDEN DAYS AT THE NEWLY OPENED JAY GARDENS
Sunday, May 29, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
Overlooking Long Island Sound, the 23-acre Jay Estate was once the land of the Lenape before it became the family seat of nation-maker John Jay, who helped abolish slavery in New York State. Today the Jay Estate is a home for ideas, civil dialogue, and action about social and environmental justice and much more. Operated by the nonprofit Jay Heritage Center (JHC) for the benefit of the public, the land—particularly its stunning viewshed—gives context to the stories of its diverse inhabitants and stewards going back thousands of years. This month the gardens were named one of New York Cottages and Gardens magazine's "Home-Grown Beauties." Stop by any time for docent-led tours or a stroll through on your own! And please say hello to our new Director of Horticulture and Garden Education, Lucia Maestro! For volunteer opportunities please email Lucia at hortdirector.jhc@gmail.com.The spectacular new Jay Gardens are open to the public every week at the following times: Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No reservations necessary.
Fri 03 Jun
ANTHROPOLOGIST JENNIFER RAFF ON “ORIGIN: A GENETIC HISTORY OF THE AMERICAS”
Friday, June 3, 2022 06:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
On Friday, June 3, at 6pm, Jay Heritage Center will welcome anthropologist Jennifer Raff, for a FREE program to discuss her best-selling and critically acclaimed new book "Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas" and tie her findings in to our own understanding of the earliest residents of these lands for which we are stewards. Raff's book tells "the story of who the first peoples in the Americas were, how and why they made the crossing, how they dispersed south, and how they lived based on a new and powerful kind of evidence: their complete genomes." It also "provides an overview of these new histories throughout North and South America, and a glimpse into how the tools of genetics reveal details about human history and evolution." Click here to register to attend this program.
Sun 05 Jun
EMILY DICKINSON’S GARDENING LIFE” WITH MARTA MCDOWELL
Sunday, June 5, 2022 02:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
Join us Sunday, June 5, at 2pm, in the Historic Jay Gardens, for a program with author Marta McDowell, author of "Emily Dickinson's Gardening Life: The Plants and Places That Inspired the Iconic Poet." Dickinson is most often remembered as a literary giant, but she was also an accomplished gardener. McDowell's acclaimed book "explores Dickinson's deep passion for plants and how it inspired and informed her writing." This program is one in a series this year exploring the life and legacy of Emily Dickinson. This past winter, a film crew from the compelling Apple TV+ historical comedy "Dickinson" filmed at the Jay Estate, turning the meadow into a Civil War battlefield and filming around the property for more than two months. Click here to register for this event.

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