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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 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.

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Sat 01 Oct
Saturday, October 1, 2022 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
Jay Heritage Center is thrilled that the Fall Family Festival is back – the first Jay Day in three years! Activities include: Three amazing balloon twisters – Revolutionary War swords and butterfly wings are their specialties! Hay ride and petting zoo from Bronx Equestrian! John Jay stilt walker & juggler — super photo op for the whole family! Get an exquisite keepsake portrait of your child with Varin Acevado of Sweet-Silhouette by Varin! These are one-of-a-kind profiles. Only children 10 and under please. Portrait with matting is FREE – framing additional fee. Old-fashioned cornhole and ring toss on the Mansion lawn. Guided tours, scavenger hunts, and geocaching – Why is John Jay one of the seven Founding Fathers? Who was Caesar Valentine? Where did citizens of Rye celebrate the end of the American Revolution? Find our secret geocache spot and win a prize! Archaeology with Dr. Eugene Boesch – Hold artifacts in your hand from 4000-year-old projectile points to an 18th century slate pencil used by one of Rye's earliest students – stay tuned for a list of additional Jay Way vendors! Guided tours of the Historic Jay Gardens. Flower-pounding with Fiona. Tickets are $40 for a Family Pass, $15 for an Individual Ticket Click here to purchase tickets online.
Fri 07 Oct
Friday, October 7, 2022 06:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
On Friday, October 7, at 6pm, Jay Heritage Center will welcome award-winning and best-selling writer Andrea Wulf, author of "Founding Gardeners" and "The Invention of Nature," for a FREE program to discuss her critically acclaimed new book "Magnificent Rebels: The First Romantics and the Invention of the Self." Wulf's book tells the gripping story of the time period and personalities that helped shape the aesthetic embodied in the 1838 Jay Mansion. It describes how a gifted circle of young Romantics "incited a revolution of the mind that transformed our world forever." This group included the poets Goethe, Schiller, and Novalis; the philosophers Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel; along with "the formidable Caroline Schlegel, who sparked their dazzling conversations about the self, nature, identity, and freedom." The core of Wulf's tale illuminates "the extremely modern tension between the dangers of selfishness and the thrilling possibilities of free will." Click here to register for this event.
Sun 09 Oct
Sunday, October 9, 2022 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
JHC is thrilled to announce that its newest exhibition, Unknown Soldiers: The Making of Dickinson at the Jay Estate and the Real-Life History Behind It, will be open to the public beginning on Sunday, October 9, 2022. The exhibit will remain open every Sunday this autumn, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dickinson is a Peabody Award-winning television series that follows the beloved poet Emily Dickinson, who is played by Academy Award nominee Hailee Steinfeld. In the winter of 2021, the cast and crew of Dickinson filmed part of Season 3 at the Jay Estate, leaving behind several props–including costumes and furniture–for this exhibition. With this exhibition, we hope that visitors will learn about the relatively "unknown" histories of Black participants in the Civil War and feel inspired to learn about American history and even family history. The exhibition was curated and designed this summer by Christina Cho, our inaugural PICS Intern from Princeton University.

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