Things You Didn’t Know About Rye
Westchester’s oldest residential property is the Knapp House on Rye Beach Avenue.
➤ Rye has many historic sites dating back to Revolutionary times—and earlier. The Jay Heritage Center (jaycenter.org) was the childhood home of John Jay, New York’s home-born founding father and first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. It is a National Historic Landmark, which is a much more selective list than the National Registry of Historic Places, and is adjacent to the Marshlands Conservancy.
➤ Right next to the city green is the Square House (1 Purchase St), a former inn and tavern built around 1680 that was visited twice by George Washington. It is now a museum and offers both self-driven and occasional guided tours.
➤ The oldest residential property in Westchester is also located in Rye. The Knapp House (265 Rye Beach Ave) was built between 1667 and 1680, and currently hosts art and historical exhibits. It’s also the home of the archives of the Rye Historical Society and the City of Rye.