The Jay Estate in Rye is where one of our Founding Fathers, John Jay (1745-1829) grew up and returned for inspiration at some of the most pivotal moments in our nation’s history. Today, this sylvan oasis, once part of a 400-acre farm, still boasts a magnificent 10,000-year-old view to Long Island Sound and is open to the public. The grounds provide a breathtaking glimpse of the horizons that Jay and his descendants saw for our new country. Join us for a docent led narrative of the Jay family’s life in Rye including a tour of the 1838 Jay Mansion. See the ongoing restoration of this Greek Revival masterpiece, the only one of its kind open to the public in the lower Hudson Valley. Built by Jay’s eldest son, Peter Augustus, it sits atop the footprint of John Jay's childhood home and reincorporated into it are the original timbers, shutters and nails from the 1745 farmhouse called “The Locusts.” Visitors can literally see the layers of history being uncovered here by artisans and archaeologists during the preservation process. Jay’s accomplishments are many and his legacy immeasurable. But so too are the legacies of all the men and women who left their imprints on this American landscape. Hold a quartz projectile point in your hand and learn about the Paleo-Indians who harvested oysters and paddled in Milton Harbor. Who were Mary, Plato, Sylvia, Venus and Caesar Valentine? They were enslaved individuals who labored here but were also freed and buried here; new scholarship helps us retrace their steps so you can too. Hear stories about famous house guests like telegraph inventor Samuel F. B. Morse or American novelist James Fenimore Cooper. Imagine Triangle Shirtwaist Factory heroine Daisy Lopez here in Rye escaping the city’s oppression in the early 1900s. From the immigrant, Irish, Swedish and Italian servants who stocked the pantries and icehouse, to the gardeners who groomed boxwood parterres, to the farmhands and coachmen that made this place function - you will discover their stories here. We welcome you to help us learn more.