Jay Heritage Center, Rye

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
News and photos about ongoing historic preservation activities, talks, camps and concerts at the historic Jay Estate in Rye.

The Jay Estate is the centerpiece of a National Historic Landmark, an irreplaceable cultural and natural resource, which illustrates the evolution of democracy and architecture in the United States.

JHC's sustainable stewardship of the estate was recently recognized on July 9, 2013 by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYOPRHP) which entrusted sensitive restoration of an additional 21.5 acres of parkland to JHC in a model private-public partnership agreement. 4 additional historic structures will be rehabilitated with energy efficiency in mind as will 4 outdoor garden spaces. Using these "classrooms" JHC will expand upon its curricula of innovative programs.

Two of the primary venues on the site, the 1838 Jay Mansion and the 1907 Van Norden Carriage House, are consistently furnished with citizens and ideas, not just artifacts. Just as the architects of our nation's government pursued self improvement through dialogue about our nation's most relevant topics, we promote learning through interactive experiences. Our lectures, concerts, and children's camps are led by prominent experts and academics in a variety of disciplines from sustainability to legal history to archaeology.

Operationally, we synthesize the best management practices and technology in restoration and historic preservation while also incorporating new methods of adaptive reuse and energy efficiency. We form lasting partnerships with other non-profits and educational institutions to expand the reach and impact of our work.
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  • I went heir for a Wood Stock Concert. I received excellent appetizers ina friendly setting. I looked at the mansion and want to go back for a tour  more »
  • I just discovered this place after living in Westchester for 20 years. The Jay Heritage Center is a local gem. The staff is very knowledgeable and the tour is quite interesting. The mansion itself is....  more »
  • Great Birthday Bash celebrating John Jay' s birthday yesterday!!!
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