Rye is rich in history. The Square House, located on the Village Green and built in 1740, was once an Inn frequented by our first President. George Washington slept there many times. Today it is a museum and part of the historical society. Other important sites are the Knapp House (1694) on Rye Beach Avenue, the Jay Estate, and the Parsons Estate (both from the early 1800’s) located on the Boston Post Road.
"George Washington slept there many times."
Rye's popular beach, located in Rye Town Park, is shared by several local communities. The Art-Deco Pavilion, dating from the 1920’s, graces the waterfront. A short walk up the beach brings you to Playland Amusement Park which was built in the same architectural style and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Playland has its own beach, pool and ice arena where local hockey teams compete.