Guided tour of The Jay Estate and Heritage Center

Located in Rye, The Jay Estate is a landmark on New York State’s Path Through History.


The Jay Estate in Rye is the childhood home of one of our nation’s leaders and Founding Fathers, John Jay. Join us for a guided tour of the 1838 mansion inclusive of architectural and historic details - everything from John Jay's career and life, his connection to slavery and freedom.

After the tour, you are welcome to join us for lunch at Rye Grill and Bar (1 Station Plaza, Rye, NY 10580). [Lunch will be pay as you go.]

Jay served as a spymaster during the Revolutionary War; as a diplomat and Minister to Spain; as a negotiator of the Treaty of Paris and the Jay Treaty; as an architect of our state’s constitution; as an author of the Federalist Papers; as our first United States Chief Justice; as Governor of New York State; and as an anti-slavery advocate who founded the New York Society for the Manumission of Slaves and signed the Gradual Emancipation Act into law.

The house is an official project of the Save America’s Treasures Program and at 176 years old, it is the oldest National Historic Landmark structure in New York State to be using an energy efficient geothermal heating and cooling system. In 2009 it was designated as an important site in the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area list because of its architectural significance, exploration of themes of freedom and dignity and best green management practices. It is also 1 of 13 sites on the African American Heritage Trail of Westchester County. This historic 23 acre oasis, once part of an expansive 400 acre farm, still boasts a magnificent view to Long Island Sound.

Tickets for this event are:

WIW Members $12

Non-members and Guests $15

Children 12 and under are free.


You may RSVP by email or phone to Dorothee Von Huene-Greenberg at or 914-260-0335. If you email your RSVP to Dorothee, please follow up by mailing a check (payable to Wellesley-in-Westchester) to Dorothee at 222 Central Avenue, Pleasantville, NY  10570.

Or, you may buy tickets online by clicking here.


If you would like to pay the member event rate, and are not already a member, the annual Wellesley-in-Weschester club membership is $40 and joining is easy: either may print this PDF form and mail it to the address on the form: Wellesley-in-Westchester Annual Membership Form

Or, use our online payment system by clicking here: Wellesley-in-Westchester - Online Membership Payment Link

Membership runs for one year from the date of your payment.


Friday, 04/29/16 at 10:00am - 12:00pm | iCal


The Jay Estate
210 Boston Post Road
Rye, NY

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