The Bayport Heritage Association was formed in 1983 and is dedicated to the preservation of the history of Bayport. The association has an extensive collection of archival photographs, vintage clothing, artifacts and books. Through the years, the group has been particularly active in the restoration of Meadow Croft, a John Ellis Roosevelt summer home and now a historical museum on the border of Bayport and Sayville. The association provides lectures and resources- educational, historical, environmental and social programs and services for the community and interested public.

Save the Date!

2017 BBP St. Patrick's Day Parade 

Save the date! On March 12th, 2017 at 11:00, The Bayport-Blue Point Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring its annual St. Patrick's Day parade! Now in its 27th year, the Chamber Committee has selected Karl Auwaerter of Bayport Flower Houses as it's Grand Marshall for 2017! Karl is a life-long resident of Bayport and works tirelessly for our community. He is also a member of the Bayport Heritage Association. 

All BHA members are encouraged to march in the parade to show their support of the Association and our community. Congratulations or 'comhghairdeas', to Karl!

Meeting: February 12, 2017

Did You Know This About Long Island?

The February general membership meeting will be held at the Bayport Blue Point Library
February 12th, 2017 starting at 2:00. 

The presentation will be by Noel Gish local historian and author.

This talk is a light hearted look at the rich history that is Long Island. Through an examination of the men and women who have lived and worked here we get to see how this island fits into the fabric of our nation's history. From the island the Native Americans called "Paumanauk" to the island the English simply called "Long", the island people have left a past of which we can be very proud. 

Long Island has signers of the Declaration of Independence, visits by Washington, Jefferson and Madison. 
There are others who have passed through our towns and villages . 
Marconi, Edison, Whitman, Wyandanch, Tachapusha, Jupiter Hammon, Harriet Quimby, Teddy Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Josiah Warren, Glenn Curtis, Nathan Hale , Goodie Garlick and Leroy Grumman are just few who have walked this island before us.
Join us for this informative and interesting presentation!

Happy New Year 2017!

Happy New Year! 

We would like to wish a Happy Healthy New Year to all of our members. It is with sincere gratitude we say 'Thank You' to our many volunteers who continue to keep the history of Meadow Croft and the important work of preservation alive in our community. 

Christmas At Meadow Croft 
On December 3rd and 4th hundreds of people and families came out to enjoy Christmas at Meadow Croft. Chairperson Leann Berg was so pleased with the turnout and the support from the many, many volunteers and our charitable vendors who donated items for our raffles. Meadow Croft was warm and inviting as sounds of the holidays drifted through the rooms courtesy of volunteers who played holiday classics on the Roosevelt piano. Old St. Nick was available for photos and hot chocolate and cookies tasted perfect! 
Thank you again to our many volunteers and donors and we look forward to next year where the theme will be Silver and Gold!

General Membership Meeting 

Sunday, January 8th 2017
Bayport Blue Point Public Library- 2:00pm

South Shore's Gilded Age, Presented by Chris Kretz

The South Shore's Gilded Age looks at the development of the Island's original Gold Coast, a stretch of great estates and private preserves clustered around Islip through the second half of the 19th century. Chris will highlight some of the colorful personalities and lost mansions of this period in history.
Chris Kretz is an academic librarian and local history podcaster who has been researching the south shore of Long Island since 2005. He is the co-author of Oakdale from Arcadia Publishing and sits on the board of the Long Island Radio and Television Historical Society as well as the Oakdale Historical Society. 
Chris Kretz is co-host and producer of the Long Island History Project, a podcast that features interviews with historians, librarians, collectors and others interested in Long Island history. He is also the head of Stony Brook University's Southampton Library.

Nominations for BHA Board of Directors 
The nominating committee is developing a slate of members for the 2017 board. There are several seats open; including Vice President and 2 directors. Any current BHA member may serve on the board. It requires only one meeting per month. If you would be willing to serve for the 2017 year, please contact John Amato at 

We are also looking for members to serve on various committees throughout the year. You can work from home! If you have a particular skill or interest (house tour, special events, light clerical and organization) please contact us at 

Historic Plaque 
The BHA is committed to placing other historic plaque in our community similar to the one located on Middle Road in front of John Ellis Roosevelt's Meadow Croft Estate. 

Our next project is to place a historical marker at Bayport's first post office and train station, which is currently owned by the Ruddy brothers, houses their real estate business and is located on the north side of the tracks on the east side of Bayport Ave. This building is one which needs preserving and highlighting as one of our local treasures. William B. Arthur moved this building to its current location from Blue Point Ave. in 1869. He lived in the building and ran a general store, post office and was the first station agent. 
The new plaque has arrived and BHA will hold a ceremony in the spring to celebrate placement of this historic marker. We have worked closely with the Town of Islip historian, George Muckenbeck, to ensure that all historic information is accurate. Stay tuned! 

Docents needed 
If you have an interest in Bayport History and would like to volunteer some time to provide a guided tour of Meadow Croft: WE NEED YOU! The association is in need of docents. It requires very little time, less than two hours a day, two days a month from June through October. You will shadow one of our current knowledgeable docents to learn the rich history of Meadow Croft before you will lead a tour on your own. If this sounds like something you may be interested in, please call Harriet Mihlstin at 631-472-2118. 

Membership for 2017 is now due. The rates have not increased from last year:
Family $25.00
Individual $15.00
Seniors $10.00

Payment can be made by mailing a check to:
Bayport Heritage Association
P.O. Box 4
Bayport, NY 11705
Please include your name, address, phone number and email address. You can also pay in person at our next General Membership meeting to be held at the Bayport BluePoint Library on January 8th 2017 at 2:00. 

We hope to see you there!

Get involved!

Nominations for the BHA Board of Directors 
The nominating committee is developing a slate of members for the 2017 board
There are several seats open, including Vice President and 2 directors. 
Any current BHA member may serve on the board. 
It requires only one meeting per month. 
If you would be willing to serve for the 2017 year, please contact 
John Amato at 

Volunteers Needed
We are also looking for members to serve on various committees throughout the year. You can work from home! If you have a particular skill or interest (house tour, special events, light clerical and organization) please contact us at 

Docents Needed 
If you have an interest in Bayport History and would like to volunteer some time to provide a guided tour of Meadow Croft: WE NEED YOU! 
The association is in need of docents. It requires very little time, less than two hours a day, two days a month from June through October. You will shadow one of our current knowledgeable docents to learn the rich history of Meadow Croft before you will lead a tour on your own. 
If this sounds like something you may be interested in, please call 
Harriet Mihlstin at 631-472-2118. 

Our Future plans 
House tour: Although we just completed our successful Autumn House Tour, we are planning ahead! We are always on the lookout for beautiful and historic homes in the Bayport or BluePoint area. 
If you would like to be considered for this event for next October, please email us at

The beautiful gardens at Meadow Croft are asleep for the winter but we are looking for volunteers to plant and maintain them come spring. Use your "Green Thumb" skills for some community service. Email us at

Membership for 2017 is now due.
 The rates have not increased from last year:
Family $25.00
Individual $15.00
Seniors $10.00

Payment can be made by mailing a check to:
Bayport Heritage Association
P.O. Box 4
Bayport, NY 11705

Please include your name, address, phone number and email address. 
You can also pay in person at our next General Membership meeting to be held at the Bayport BluePoint Library on January 8th 2017 at 2:00. 
We hope to see you there!

BHA is "Going Green" 

The Bayport Heritage Association would like to send you all information from now on by email or by posting on our Facebook page. All newsletters and flyers from the BHA starting in January of 2017 will be emailed to you. A few hard copies will be placed in the BBP Library. 
The benefits of utilizing available technology to decrease consumption of our world's raw materials as well as enhanced communication are only a couple of the important benefits that this will support. Of course, some mailings will still need to occur. If you know of someone who would like to be added to our email list please email us at

For more information:


We wish you joy, peace and good health for the New Year! 

Christmas Committee Volunteers

Christmas Committee Volunteers are needed!

 If you can help out for this event or if you have a display that fits the theme and would like it to be displayed, 
please call our chairperson 
Leann Berg at 631-235-1702.

Holiday decorations will be raffled off. 
Raffle tickets will be sent to all BHA members soon in the U.S. mail. 
Please mail the ticket stubs and donations to 
Bayport Heritage Association 
P.O. Box 4, 
Bayport, NY 11705 
The Event: December 3rd and 4th, 2016

A Candy Cane Christmas. 

Magnificent Dutch, Victorian and Edwardian Christmas decorations, vintage clothing and a special visit from St. Nicholas! Special exhibits for 2016. 
The Roosevelt's grand piano will fill the home with music for the season. 
Cost: $5.00 per adult, $3.00 for seniors and children up to age 12. 

Meeting, November 6th, 2016

Generall Meeting:
Sunday November 6th 2:00
 Bayport Blue Point Public Library

"Haunted Mansions of Long Island" 
presented by Monica Randall, 
guest speaker and best-selling author. 
Monica shares amazing true stories of spectral beings. 
Learn about some of LI's most intriguing manor houses, with their labyrinths of secret passageways, hidden chambers, deserted tunnels and the mysterious events that surround them. 
Fact is stranger than fiction!


Mark Your Calendars for the Annual Christmas Event!
December 3rd and 4th, 2016

Christmas at Meadow Croft 
Join us for an old-fashioned Christmas at Meadow Croft! This year's theme is 
A Candy Cane Christmas. 
Mark your calendars for December 3rd and 4th, 2016 from 12:00-4:00. 

Magnificent Dutch, Victorian and Edwardian Christmas decorations, vintage clothing and a special visit from St. Nicholas! Special exhibits for 2016. 
The Roosevelt's grand piano will fill the home with music for the season. 
Cost: $5.00 per adult, $3.00 for seniors and children up to age 12. 

Christmas Committee Volunteers needed- 
If you can help out for this event or if you have a display that fits the theme and would like it to be displayed, please call our chairperson Leann Berg at 631-235-1702. Holiday decorations will be raffled off. Raffle tickets will be sent to all BHA members soon in the U.S. mail. Please mail the ticket stubs and donations to BHA P.O. Box 4, Bayport NY 11705. Thank you!

Autumn House Tour, October 23, 2016

Don't miss this amazing, fund-raising event!

The Bayport Heritage Association 29th Autumn House Tour
Read more about it here on the Suffolk county News
Sunday, October 23st 2016, 1pm-5pm.
 Tickets are $25 per person and all proceeds go to the Bayport Heritage Association.
Tickets at the following locations:
              Country Junque on Middle Road
              Bayport Flower House
              Bayport-Blue Point Library
Historical and unique homes, in Bayport and Blue Point, are featured including the 
Roosevelt Estate at Meadow Croft.

Antique cars will be on display at all locations.

Refreshments will be served at the Meadow Croft estate, 299 Middle Road.

Limited Tickets are available!


The Autumn House Tour 

Thank you to all who attended our 29th Annual Autumn House Tour. It was a beautiful day and a successful event! Special thanks to our volunteers, including vendors who donated items, displayed antique cars and of course, our planning committee. Thank you to Country Junque, Bayport Flower Houses, and the Bayport Blue Point Library for selling tickets. A HUGE thanks to our hosts for the day; Andrew and Kate Hanley, Craig and Jen Scannevin, Paul and Barbara Wright, Gene Horton, Ed and Ginny Metzendorf and William and Lisa Kruger. If you would like to be considered for the house tour next year or would like to volunteer, please reach us at 631-472-4625 or

Meeting October 9th, 2016

Sunday October 9th 2016 at 2pm in the 
Bayport Blue Point Public Library. 

Gene Collora presents: The Other Long Island Railroad 

Gene has written two books and has had many of his photographs appear in books focusing on railroads of the Northeast.  
He was a featured photographer in the 2006 Center for Railroad Art & Photography/New York Transit Museum exhibit, 
“Many Hands: Representations of Railroad Workers” 
showing at Grand Central Station, New York City, and at the Railroad Museum of Long Island. 
He is an active speaker and lecturer having presented photo journals for railroad organizations and historical societies throughout the United States and Canada.

October 2016 Events

October 8, 2016-CAR SHOW
Ramblin with the Roosevelts” 
Saturday, October 8th, 11am-4pm at 
Meadow Croft 299 Middle Road, Sayville. 
$5.00 entry or $10.00 a car load. Bringing the early autos back to Meadow Croft Estate. 
Antique Cars, Food, House Tours, Games and Family Fun.

October 23, 2016
The 29th Autumn House Tour
Tickets go on sale Oct. 8th
You can purchase tickets for $25.00 each at 
Bayport Flower House
Country Junque, or 
Bayport Blue Point Public Library.

September 2016 Meeting

Sunday September 11th  2016

“Hotels and Boarding Houses, the good old summer time in Blue Point”: 
Gene Horton, will talk about life in Blue Point in the early 1900s. 
Hotels, restaurants and boarding houses were numerous in Blue Point at that time. Who stayed there? Where did they go? 
Mr. Horton, Bayport/ Blue Point's own historian will fill us in on their history. 

Presented at the Bayport- Blue Point Library, 2pm

Free Concert: Aug 18th, 2016

Bayport Heritage will have another Free concert in the Park.
Thursday, August 18th, 2016 at 6:00pm
The group: Next Level, a steel drum band, will be playing 
 at the Bayport Memorial Park. 
Bring your lawn chairs a snack and your dancing shoes. 

In case of rain, we will meet at
 the Bayport Methodist Church

July Events, 2016

July 14th 2016 at 6pm at The Memorial Park on Middle Rd in Bayport.
Jacks Waterfall will be performing his own personal style of music. It is described as a musical adventure of, Pop, blues, jazz, folk, gospel and global music.

July 19th at 6pm: our 13th annual Boat Cruise

Newsletter, June 2016

Click on the Newsletter to see full size!

Meadow Croft Tours

Saturday & Sunday, from June through October, 
Meadow Croft is open for visitors.
Tours will be Saturday and Sunday, 2 pm.

The John Ellis Roosevelt Home known as Meadow Croft located at 200 Middle road in Sayville.

John Ellis Roosevelt and his family escaped the summer heat of the city for the cooling breezes of Long Island. The original house was built in 1867, purchased by the Roosevelt's in 1890 and expanded in the colonial Revival style by noted architect, Isaac Green Jr. 

It was owned by the Roosevelt's for nearly a century. By the early 1980's, the house had fallen into disrepair and was threatened with being lost. Bayport Heritage Association came to its rescue, approaching the county and creating a partnership. 

During the tour new exhibits include works from local artists, the auto Barn and the long awaited Carriage house.
Pack a picnic lunch, take a tour, then go back and do some wine tasting at Loughlin Vineyards.
Hope to see you there!

For more information email us at or check us out 
on Facebook at "Bayport Heritage Association".
Directions: Long Island Expressway (Route 495) to Exit 62 South (Nicolls Road.) At end, turn right onto Montauk Highway (Route 27A). Go about one mile and at Amoco Gas Station, turn left onto McConnell Ave. Go to end, make right onto Middle Road. Entrance is on the right. 

Click on the images below to see the booklet larger for more information.

Memorial Day Parade

May 30, 2016- Monday

Our MEMORIAL DAY PARADE will be held on Monday, May 30, 2016 

BHA members are requested to gather on Connetquot Rd. prior to 11:00am and march with the association. 

First Bloom Tea, June 10th, 2016

Our event this year will be held Friday June 10, at 5:30PM 
on the front porch of Meadow Croft. 

This year the BBP High School Chamber Orchestra, the group that played at Meadow Croft on Friday evening before Christmas at Meadow Croft, will serenade us for a bit during dinner. Also their will be a local art display on the second floor of the of Meadow Croft. 
-Please email or call Ginny Novak at 631-363-7428 to make a reservation and confirm what buffet item you will be bringing. Also remember to bring your own place setting, silverware, tea cups, teapot and drinks. Proper high tea attire is requested, as is a donation of $5.00.

Chair Person Needed for Christmas at Meadow Croft

Christmas at Meadow Croft is one of our great events and fundraisers. 

Gene Horton has been the Chair Person for quite some time and would like to pass the baton on to someone else so he can work on other exciting events. 
Please take a moment to consider volunteering to take over. 
Of course, Gene will be only a phone call away to assist. 
Here’s what’s needed: 

Chair-person's responsibilities:  
Organize the event and set up committees. 
Refreshments; Music; St. Nicholas; Decorator Volunteers to decorate each room;  
Exhibits Upstairs; Publicity; Raffles, Parking; Friday night reception; Invitations: 

Committees are the key to success! 
    Gene Horton says, "I have a handbook all ready to pass on to the next chair-person and I will be glad to assist him/her 100%."

Please consider taking on this amazingly rewarding position!

May 21st, May 22nd, 2016 Event

May 21 & May 22, 2016- Saturday and Sunday

Three local churches designed by Isaac Henry Green will be open to the public. 
All of these church buildings are local architectural treasures and well work a visit. 
There is no admission fee or registration.  
This is a program held every year by Sacred Sites and is a wonderful way to showcase our churches. 
The church buildings are: 

St. Ann's Church in Sayville:  Open Saturday, May 21: 10 am to noon;  Open Sunday., May 22: 2-4 PM… 
Sayville Congregational Church:   Open Saturday, May 21: 10 am to Noon; Open Sunday., May 22: 2-4 PM... 
St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Patchogue:  Open Saturday only, May 21: 1-3 PM   Address is 31 Rider Avenue, Patchogue

St. Ann's -Sayville
St. Ann's in Sayville

Sayville Congregational
Sayville Congregational Church
St. Paul's -Patchogue
St. Paul's in Patchogue

Sunday May 15th 2pm-4pm

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING: Sunday May 15th 2pm-4pm. 
At the Bayport Blue Point Library 

Historian and writer Elizabeth Kahn Kaplan -
George Washington’s Long Island Spy Ring
Elizabeth Kahn Kaplan
Elizabeth Kahn Kaplan

Come to our meeting/presentation and see how the Culper Ring was formed at the urging of Washington, who needed information about British troop movements in New York. 
Washington and his army had fled Manhattan after the Continental Army’s disastrous loss at the Battle of Long Island, in Brooklyn, on August 28-29, 1776. 

Perhaps you’ve wondered how much of the series, Turn, on the AMC television channel is factual and how much is pure fiction. It tells the story of the Culper Spy Ring that provided information to George Washington during the American Revolution.

Kaplan was the lead curator in 2010 of Setauket's Three Village Historical Society’s exhibit.

Spies: How A Group of Long Island Patriots Helped George Washington Win the Revolution.
She has written curriculum guides for the New-York Historical Society and for Stony Brook University. She presented this program at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens in Virginia, and at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C.

Come to see this very informative presentation!
See her blog here: Click!

Don't forget to check our Events Calendar!

ASCHS Meetings & Events for May 2016

Saturdays in May, 2016
Now Open Saturday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

May 5, 2016
BOOK & BOTTLE with Mau VanDuren
Many Heads and Many Hands: Francis Doughty, Visionary or Troublemaker?

May 14 & 15, 2016
Long Island Fleece and Fiber Fair

May 15, 2016
Princess Garden Party at the Homestead

May 15, 2016
SOUTHAMPTON ANTIQUE FAIR: Venders Welcome - Southampton Historical Museum Mail

May 16 - May 26, 2016
Information for NY’s Historical Records Repositories, #83

May 18, 2016
Re-Imagining the Historic House Museum

Opens May 20, 2016
Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience

May 21, 2016

May 22, 2016
Fourth Annual Sheep Shearing Festival at Sherwood-Jayne Farm

May 28, 2016
Havens Farmers’ Market

Tom Edmonds, Executive Director 
Southampton Historical Museums and Research Center
PO Box 303/17 Meeting House Lane
Southampton, NY 11968