Rye in Westchester County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Boston Post Road Historic District
Erected 1993 by National Parks Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 40° 57.444′ N, 73° 42.367′ W. Marker is in Rye, New York, in Westchester County. Marker is on Boston Post Road (Route 1 at milepost 24). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 210 Boston Post Road, Rye NY 10580, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Boston Post Road (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rye Meeting House (approx. 0.9 miles away); This is one of some 230 markers erected on the Boston Post Road in 1763 (approx. one mile away but has been reported missing); The Purdy Burying Ground (approx. 1.1 miles away); Playland Amusement Park (approx. 1.5 miles away); Sept. 23, 1661 African Cemetery 1860-1964 (approx. 1.6 miles away); Old Rye Fort 1675 (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rye.
More about this marker. Marker is Located within the Visitors Reception area of the 1838 Peter Augustus Jay Mansion which is open Sundays 2-5 pm and during the week by appointment (marker is inside for security reasons - had been stolen previously)
Regarding Boston Post Road Historic District. Westchester is fortunate to be the home of the National Historic Landmark Boston Post Road Historic District which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 (NR#82001275) through efforts of members of the Jay Coalition (precursor to the Jay Heritage Center); the nomination which identified this peerless group of gems was assembled and written by JHC founder, Karen Kennedy, Austin O'Brien and Wes Haynes.
This impressive 286 acre expanse includes 5 properties: The Jay Property (23 acres), Whitby Castle (110 acres), The Jay Cemetery (3 acres), Lounsbury (13 acres), and Marshlands Conservancy (137 acres). These extraordinary windows into our American past--and this unique district--
This entire 286 acre American treasure has been further recognized as an archaeologically sensitive zone by New York State's Historic Preservation Office and by the National Register of Historic Places because of its cultural affiliations which include Middle Woodland, Late Woodland, Late Archaic and periods of historic significance of 3000-4999 BC, 1000-2999 BC, 1499-1000 AD, 1749-1500 AD, 1825-1849, and 1850-1874.
As one walks along the Post Road, also known as the King's Highway, Route 1, you can see the dramatic change in architectural styles between 1838 and 1854 just before the Civil War.
Starting at 210 Boston Post Road, the centerpiece of the Boston Post Road District and the Jay Property is the Greek Revival 1838 Peter Augustus Jay Mansion which may have been designed by John Jay's son and was inspired by the pattern books of Minard Lafever. Now home to the Jay Heritage Center, the mansion is surrounded by the Jay Property
Lounsbury is next door to the Jay Mansion and it is a Classical Revival structure with Ionic columns. It is privately owned.
Last is Whitby Castle, designed by Alexander Jackson Davis, the same architect who designed Lyndhurst. Now home to the Rye Golf Club, Whitby is wholly owned by the City of Rye.
Additional keywords. John Jay, Antebellum Architecture
Categories. • Notable Places • Patriots & Patriotism •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 17, 2010, by Suzanne Clary of Rye, New York. This page has been viewed 689 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on August 18, 2010, by Suzanne Clary of Rye, New York. 2. submitted on August 17, 2010, by Suzanne Clary of Rye, New York. 3, 4. submitted on August 19, 2010, by Suzanne Clary of Rye, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.