Boston Post Road Historic District

Roughly bounded by Boston Post Rd. and Milton Harbor, Rye, New York


Street View 


This unusually quiet, undeveloped area along the old Boston Post Road contains three architecturally significant houses as well as the Jay family cemetery and a conservation area along the shore of Long Island Sound. The three large estate houses are Greek and Gothic Revival, the latter designed by Alexander Jackson Davis. The district is closely associated with the family of John Jay, first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and second governor of the State of New York. Much of the landscape setting remains as it was in the 18th century when it was first settled. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, August 30, 1993

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 29, 1982
Reference number
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Classical Revival; Victorian: Gothic; Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival
Areas of significance
Archeology - Prehistoric; Architecture; Conservation
Levels of significance
National; Local
Evaluation criteria
B - Person; C - Design/Construction; A - Event
Property type
Historic functions
Camp; Road-related; Single dwelling; Cemetery
Current functions
Conservation area; Sport facility; Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1000-2999 BC; 1850-1874; 1499-1000 AD; 1749-1500 AD; 1825-1849; 3000-4999 BC
Significant years
1838; 1854
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 21
Contributing structures: 1
Contributing sites: 16
Non-contributing buildings: 2