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The Jay Estate Gardens are open to the public every week in September at the following times: Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CLOSED Sunday, September 4th. No reservations necessary. 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. Thanks to a NY State Parks REDC grant, the Jay Estate Gardens were recently reimagined by award-winning landscape architect Thomas Woltz, whose other projects include Olana State Historic Site. In the spring, 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! For volunteer opportunities please email Lucia Maestro at hortdirector.jhc@gmail.com.

John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
  • 400 Jay Street
  • Katonah, NY 10536