Colonial to Civil War Westchester: The Jays Experience

Date: July 30, 2007 - August 2, 2007

Location: Bedford, Katonah, Rye
Contact Hours: 30
Cost: $195
Cutoff Date: June 20
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Experience life in Westchester from colonial times to the Civil War through the legacy of the family of John Jay. Participants will hear from the experts, meet with the curators, tour the homes, walk the ecological environments, and take from the curriculum workshops materials that can be used in the classroom.

Monday, July 30 – Jay Heritage Center, Rye (9:00-8:00)


  • 10:00 “The Education of a Diplomat: John Jay’s Early Life,” Ray Raymond, former British diplomat, State University of New York/US Military Academy
  • 11:00 “John Jay: Huguenot and A Christian Founder,” William Pencak, Penn State University
  • 1:00 Marsh Tour, Westchester County Government
  • 3:00 “The Archaeology of Jay House,” Eugene Boesch, archaeologist
  • 4:00 Curriculum Review: Doug Carey, Rockland teacher and Jay Heritage Center volunteer
  • 7:00 “Winning Independence: John Jay and the Agreement that Ended the Revolutionary War,” Ray Raymond


Tuesday, July 31 – Rye Historical Society and Rye Nature Center (9:00-8:00)


  • 9:00 “Colonial Life in Westchester,” Colin Morris, Manhattanville College
  • 10:00 Rye Historical Society: Square House – Slavery, Boston Post Road, curriculum workshop
  • 2:00 Rye Historical Society: Knapp House (oldest colonial home in Westchester)
  • 3:30 Rye Nature Center


Wednesday, August 1 – Bedford Historical Society (9:00-5:00)


  • 9:00 “Portraits of the Jay Family: The Art of Portraiture,” William Pencak
  • 10:30 “Transportation and Development: Post Road to Erie Canal to the Railroad”, Colin Morris
  • 11:30 Bedford Historical Society Workshops
  • 2:15 Bedford Walking Tour
  • 3:00 Bedford Historical Society Workshop: Law Program
  • 3:45 Bedford Bus Tour: Bedford Oak, Bedford Village Inn, stone walls, Mianus Gorge


Thursday, August 2 – John Jay Homestead, Katonah (9:00-5:00)


  • 9:00 Orientation Talk
  • 10:00 Letters of John Jay and Sarah Livingston Reading
  • 11:15 Jay Camp Experience: Activities
  • 1:00 House Tour: Living Biography, Revolutionary Spymaster, and Abolition activities
  • 2:45 John Jay, Chief Justice Workshop
  • 3:45 Grounds Tour


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