Legacy of Sailing Exhibit 2009
Owners of the historic Jay Estate in Rye and their families shared a passion for the water and were influential members of the New York sailing community: John Clarkson Jay was one of the founders of the historic New York Yacht Club, owner of the yacht, "La Coquille" and an esteemed friend/conchologist/ consultant to Commodore Matthew Perry before and after his 1852 -54 Expedition to Japan; Warner Montagnie Van Norden was also a member of New York Yacht Club-- his father, Warner Van Norden, a member of the Holland Society, was one of the original organizers of the 1909 Henry Hudson Tercentenary that celebrated New York's most vital waterway while applauding the contributions of European culture to this state's development and commerce; Edgar Palmer, the famed Princeton philanthropist, owned several famous yachts including two schooners named "Guinevere" that were legendary for their state of the art technology--his family's loyal support of the allied war effort was reflected in the commissioning of both vessels to the US Navy in World War I and World War II for special escort patrol.

Visitors to the Jay Estate can learn about the rich history of yachting in New York and can enjoy the same pristine view of Long Island Sound from the 1838 Jay mansion that inspired these sailing families when they lived in Rye. Among the unique items that guests can see are extensive collections of 1909 Hudson Fulton Tercentenary memorabilia including post cards, banners, silver and bronze medals for the 1909 Commission; original engraved invitations, programs and silverware from Tiffany’s; vintage photographs of the 1909 naval parade; 100 year old ship plans of the replica Half Moon and Clermont; maritime photographs from Mystic Seaport’s unparalleled Rosenfeld Collection; an original 1916 scrapbook documenting the very first of the NY 40 design regattas from Long Island Sound all the way to Marblehead and much more.

The Jay Heritage Center gratefully acknowledges the support of Mystic Seaport, The Museum of America and the Sea and its contribution of dynamic images to this exhibit.

The Jay Heritage Center is an official ambassador of the “Explore NY 400- Hudson-Fulton Celebration” and it is also a new member site of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.

Jay Heritage Center
210 Boston Post Road
Rye, NY 10580
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Email: jayheritagecenter@gmail.com

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