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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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Sun 03 Mar
A Discussion about Phyllis Wheatley with David Waldstreicher
Sunday, March 3, 2024 03:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
Jay Heritage Center is excited to welcome back David Waldstreicher, a historian of early and nineteenth-century America with particular interests in political and cultural history, slavery and anti-slavery, and print culture. His latest book, The Odyssey of Phillis Wheatley: A Poet's Journey Through American Slavery and Independence, is the most deeply researched biography of the poet. The New York Times recently featured the book and described Waldstreicher's willingness to put Wheatley "smack in the middle of the raging debate over the relationship between the American Revolution and slavery." Waldstreicher will discuss his work with Iain Haley Pollock, Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Manhattanville College. The event is free but please register here.
Registration: Required

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