Brick by Brick – Unearthing 18th Century History

BY CHRIS PARKER Believe it or not, the most exciting part of my summer last August was finding a brick. To fulfill my Eagle Scout requirement to design and lead a community service project, I decided to volunteer at the…

“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…

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…

This Week in History: Controversy in the Court

BY LANDY ERLICK John Jay was the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.  Appointed by George Washington, Jay held the office from October 19, 1789 to June 29, 1795.  The Chief Justice was succeeded by John Rutledge when he…

The 3 R’s: Restoration, Recovery, Revival

BY LANDY ERLICK The ice house here at the Jay Heritage Center is over one hundred and twenty years old.  While the structure itself may date back to around 1890, many of the surrounding stone walls are actually rooted in…

200 Years Later: School Bills & Icehouses

BY LANDY ERLICK Mary Rutherfurd Clarkson married Peter Augustus Jay, son of John Jay, in 1807. By 1814, the pair was splitting their summertime between a home in New York City and "The Locusts" in Rye. "The Locusts"  served as…