Dr. J. C. Jay, Jr. and Observations About Cholera in Germany 1866

BY JACK ENGEL  Disease and threats to peace were constant worries in 18th and 19th century America and abroad. Not surprisingly, the health and well being of others is a uniting thread throughout the many Jay family letters in our…

“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…

Ask an Archaeologist: Interview with Dr. Eugene Boesch

BY LANDY ERLICK  Dr. Eugene Boesch is an archaeology professor and anthropologist.  He specializes in PaleoIndian history and has conducted several digs here at the Jay Heritage Center. Here are his thoughts on his experiences, discoveries, and craftsmanship in Rye, across…

200 Years Later: Siblings & Soirées

BY LANDY ERLICK While the Jay family's ancestral home in Rye was not deeded to Peter Augustus Jay until September of 1822, Peter and his family were already spending many of their summers at the country residence by 1814.  We have considerable…

Restoration Approaches the Final Threshold

BY LANDY ERLICK The Jay Ice House restoration process is well under way (to catch up, see The 3 R's: Restoration, Recovery, Revival). Last week, the doors were spliced, painted with a base coat, and safeguarded with borate crystals.  Now, the connecting…