Joseph Curtis and the NY Manumission Act of 1817

BY JEFF DETORO A story about anti-slavery advocacy that was documented by early American novelist Catharine Maria Sedgwick and how one man's service was further memorialized. In the JHC archives are three letters written to Peter Augustus Jay by Joseph…

Brick by Brick – Unearthing 18th Century History

Eagle Scouts assisted Dr. Eugene Boesch in doing shovel tests at the Jay Estate. Their exploration revealed what appears to be a 17th or early 18th century dwelling.

“This place … helped to nurture my passion for history”

BY SEAN CURRAN Over my time volunteering at the Jay Heritage Center, I have come to realize how much unique American history is contained within. Every time I arrive at the Center I am treated with a new adventure and…

“My dream of teaching others”

BY ZACHARY MOHAMED The ivory columns give way to a dramatic view of the Long Island Sound. As I arrive at the small but magnificent house, I spot the stern portraits of John Jay beside the French furniture, and a…

The Garden Restoration Project is a Go!

BY TAYLOR MAURER With a vision of historically accurate beauty in mind and the funds needed now in hand (with thanks to our donors as well as a New York State grant), the Jay Heritage Center sat down with Nelson…

The Iceman Cometh: An Interview with Bruce MacDonald

BY LANDY ERLICK Bruce MacDonald is the President of Ashwood Restoration.  He has worked with many notable historic site professionals, architects, and preservationists, including craftsmen at Historic Hudson Valley, Philip Johnson, Toshio Odate, Stuart Elliot, members the National Trust for…

A Harrison Historian Comes to Rye

BY LANDY ERLICK  Barbara Specht is the Assistant Program Director at the Jay Heritage Center.  (Pictured above left with her husband Alan Drewry). Here, she shares some stories, insight, and even book recommendations. Were you always interested in historical sites? Yes,…

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