Director of Horticulture and Garden Education
Come work with us!

As we grow, JHC is hiring a Director of Horticulture and Garden Education to manage the newly reimagined Historic Jay Gardens, designed by landscape architect Thomas Woltz and the team of Nelson Byrd Woltz. These unique walled gardens were funded by the Jay Heritage Center and New York State the $1.5 million+ project was anchored by a prestigious Regional Economic Development Council grant.
The resulting green spaces will benefit both the public and local wildlife in a host of ways!

The Hort Director will be responsible for working with our outstanding team of garden volunteers and will also review ongoing maintenance of a diverse collection of plantstrees, shrubs, native grasses, and perennials, plus vegetable and herb beds. The ideal candidate will help create and organize bespoke horticultural programs for the community that amplify the rich cultural and natural significance of this National Historic Landmark site.
"Jams at Jay" with
Bandits on the Run
Join us for an outdoor concert and picnic at the Jay Estate with 
Bandits on the Run, featuring Regina Strayhorn, Sydney Shepherd, and Adrian Blake Enscoe, co-star of the hit Apple TV+ historical comedy "Dickinson"!

Bandits on the Run is an indie-folk-pop-Americana outfit consisting of three lead singers, a guitar, a cello, a suitcase drum, an accordion, and various toy instruments. They hail from Brooklyn, NY, and are known for their vivacious performance style, genre-defying sound, soaring harmonies, and ability to make music-magic happen everywhere from subway platforms to concert halls. The band will play their new song "Hurricane," their tribute to "Maya Angelou," and more.

Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and purchase bites from Melt MobileMilton Point Provisions, and Jimmy’s Soft Serve ice cream!

Limited availability; register soon! Covid safety restrictions will apply.
Jay Portrait Donated

We're excited to announce the donation of an exceptional portrait of Peter Augustus Jay, the eldest son of John Jay. Peter Augustus was an attorney, an antislavery advocate, a proponent of voting suffrage for African-Americans, and a champion of education and the preservation of historical records.

The painting, executed by leading 19th-century American artist John Wesley Jarvis, was generously given by the children of Jay “Peter” Pierrepont Moffat, Jr. and Pamela Dawson Moffat, in honor of their parents. The portrait was passed down through the Jay family over the generations; its installation in the 1838 Greek Revival mansion that Peter Augustus himself commissioned is truly a landmark event, particularly given the site's renewed purpose as a place of learning, social justice, and preservation.
Our Gardens Are Buzzing!
Thanks to Native Pollinators and Volunteers
Garden Tour for Volunteers, JHC Members, and Donors
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Little Joe Pye Weed
Garden Volunteers
Make Invaluable Contributions
Contact us to volunteer on our Garden Committee. Underwriting opportunities also availablededicate a bench or a holly tree or sponsor one of our veggie and herb beds!

Email Kevin Peraino at
for more information.
2021 History Awardee
Kristina Montgomery
Kristina “Kiki” Montgomery is the 2021 recipient of the John Jay History Award. The award is given to an outstanding JHC volunteer and high school intern. Candidates demonstrate a passion for either American or environmental history and a talent for research, writing, and analysis.
Meet David Grann!
David Grann, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI,” will visit JHC and discuss his book that highlights an investigation into a series of assassinations and coverups that took place in the 1920s in Oklahoma after oil was discovered on Native American lands.

The book is soon to be a Apple Original film directed by Martin Scorsese with Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, and John Lithgow.

Grann’s newest book, “The White Darkness,” about Antarctic explorer Henry Worsley, will be released October 30.

Limited seating; register soon! Covid safety restrictions will apply.
Help Support Our Progress!
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation or contact us about leadership or legacy giving. Now is a terrific time to donate stock or inquire about ways to make meaningful contributions through your IRA or will!

The Jay Heritage Center is
a registered 501 ( c ) 3 organization recognized by GuideStar.

A National Historic Landmark
210 Boston Post Road
Rye, NY 10580 

(914) 698-9275