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.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Reminders: May 2018


General Membership meeting

The next BHA general membership meeting will be May 20th at 2:00 at the BBP library.
Our speaker will be George Munkenbeck, Town of Islip historian.

The Birth of a Unique Town - Islip
The early history of Islip Town, originally know as Islip Grange, is at best a convoluted story that is not easy to unravel. Much of that has to do with the turbulent times that created Islip and the efforts of its founding families to survive during a time when each message from Great Britain brought news of political change. Join the Islip Town historian for a glimpse into those days that gave birth to a very unique place that if one is aware, the stamp of those founding days can still be seen in boundaries, open spaces, and how the Town developed in later years. We hope you can join us for this informative discussion.

Memorial Day Parade

The Bayport Heritage Association will again march in the Bayport Memorial Day Parade on May 28th 2018. If you would like to join us, the line up begins on Connetquot Rd before 11:00 and the parade will march to the Bayport Memorial Park where the BHA will present a wreath. All members are invited to march. More information can be obtained by calling 631-472-4625.
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Membership now due

After careful thought and consideration, the BHA is now requesting membership dues. A postcard will be mailed shortly to every home in both Bayport and Blue Point with the correct information needed for payment. However, if you would like to pay for this year, please mail payment to Bayport Heritage Association, PO Box 4 Bayport NY 11705. Please include your name, address and email on all correspondence. Make checks payable to Bayport Heritage Association. Any questions can be directed to bbphistorical@gmail.com. Thank you!

Membership Type
Annual $25.00
Senior $10.00
Corporate $100.00
Donation $___

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May 2018 Newsletter

~ May 2018 Newsletter ~

General Membership Meeting

The next BHA general membership meeting will be on Sunday, May 20th at 2:00 at the BBP library. Our speaker will be George Munkenbeck, Town of Islip historian.

The Birth of a Unique Town - Islip
The early history of Islip Town, originally know as Islip Grange, is at best a convoluted story that is not easy to unravel. Much of that has to do with the turbulent times that created Islip and the efforts of its founding families to survive during a time when each message from Great Britain brought news of political change. Join the Islip Town historian for a glimpse into those days that gave birth to a very unique place that if one is aware, the stamp of those founding days can still be seen in boundaries, open spaces, and how the Town developed in later years.

Membership now due...

After careful thought and consideration, the BHA is now requesting membership dues. A postcard will be mailed shortly to every home in both Bayport and Blue Point with the correct information needed for payment. However, if you would like to pay for this year, please mail payment to Bayport Heritage Association PO Box 4 Bayport NY 11705. Please include your name, address and email on all correspondence. Make checks payable to Bayport Heritage Association. Any questions can be directed to bbphistorical@gmail.com. Thank you!

Membership Type
Annual $25.00
Senior $10.00
Corporate $100.00
Donation $___

BHA Recognizes Historic Building

On June 2nd 2018, the BHA will place a historic marker in front of one of our local treasures - the William Arthur building on Bayport Ave. just north of the railroad tracks. This project has been in the works for several years. The building was owned for many years by the Ruddy family who operated their real estate business there. The Ruddys sold the building to attorneys Bruce Vetri and Joseph LaCapra who now operate their law firm from the building. Well, the building has a storied past.

The building began its life in Blue Point on Blue Point Ave. as the residence of William B. Arthur. Mr. Arthur moved the building west to Bayport Ave. in anticipation of the railroad coming through. He ran a general store at the location and became the first postmaster. Once the railroad set up a station there, Arthur was appointed station master and the Freiman Hotel on the south side of the tracks received travelers from New York city.
To mark this building as a local historic building, the BHA will install a beautiful iron marker on June 2nd at 11:00 am. We thank the new owners, Mr. Vetri and Mr. LaCapra, for their cooperation with the project. The ceremony will include Mary Kate Mullen and several other TOI council members. Please join us if you have the time. The BHA plans to mark other historic buildings around our town.
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Open House for the King of Instruments

Join us for a demonstration and 'tour' of an historic pipe organ. As part of the New York Landmarks Conservancy's annual Sacred Sites Open House, Sayville Congregational Church members will be hosting a demonstration and 'tour' of their historic pipe organ. Guests will have the opportunity to learn how individual pipes are constructed and how each produces its unique sound, as well as having a demonstration of the workings of the organ console. Participants will then have the opportunity to 'poke their heads' in the pipe chamber as individual pipes are played. Finally, sit back and hear the power of the King of Instruments as we 'pull out all the stops' for some favorite organ pieces.

The program will repeat about every twenty minutes on both days. There is no charge, no need for reservations and guests of all ages are welcome. So mark your calendars, tell your friends ad come take advantage of this unique opportunity.

The Sayville Congregational Church can be located on 131 Middle Road in Sayville. The date and times for this special event are; Saturday May 5th from 2:00-4:00 and Sunday May 6th from 12:00-2:00 PM. Hope to see you there!

Meadow Croft's Heirloom Garden

**Garden Help needed **
Meadow Croft's heirloom garden is in need of some hands to dig in the dirt. The garden is a replica of the original colonial Revival garden dating back to the early 1900's. Our new master gardener, Anne Soper, has been hard at work getting the heirloom garden ready for the season, but she can't do it alone! If you can spare some time and muscle, please call Anne at 631-363-4731.

ASCHS Quarterly meeting...

The April ASCHS Quarterly meeting was hosted by Sayville Historical and Bayport Heritage Association. We toured Edwards Homestead, St. Ann’s Church, Meadow Croft and finished the tour with lunch at the Grey Horse Tavern in Bayport. At the Meadow Croft estate, Frank Giebfried and Joe Novak gave tours while Ginnie Novak welcomed all who came in. The Honorable Peter Fox Cohalan spoke about how Suffolk and NYS were intricate in the rebuilding of Meadow Croft in 1985 and Richard Martin spoke about the joint effort between Bayport Heritage Association and Suffolk Co. have held in keeping Meadow Croft up and running. Connie Currie (Sayville Historian) spoke at St. Ann's Church about their history and Frank shared with everyone the history of Grey Horse Tavern. There were about about 40 guests who attended this meeting and tour. A wonderful time was had by all!

A Special Thank You!!!

A special THANK YOU goes out to the Sullivan Family; John, Michelle and Reyna, for the beautiful flowers under the county sign on Middle Road coming in to Meadow Croft. It always looks so festive as you arrive.

Many people volunteer their time and expertise to help support the efforts of the BHA to maintain the historic homestead of Meadow Croft. Thank you Sullivan family for your efforts!
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Bayport Heritage Association

New website launching on May 15th!
New and Improved!!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

ASCHS Quarterly Meeting

ASCHS

Quarterly meeting

All are welcome!

A wonderful opportunity to share in some local history! Hosted by the Bayport Heritage Association and the Sayville Historical Society. All are welcome!


ITINERARY ASCHS QUARTERLY MEETING
Saturday, April 28, 2018
· RSVP by Wednesday, April 25 -
President Georgette Grier-Key eastvillechs@gmail.com
· Bring a $45 check to registration, includes lunch

8:30 – 9:00 REGISTRATION Edwards Farm, Edwards Street, Sayville (Corner of Edwards St. & Collins Ave.)
· Light refreshments
· Welcome by Mary Bailey, President of Bayport- Blue Point Heritage Association

9:00 – 10:30 Edwards Farm, Edwards Street, Sayville (Corner of Collins Avenue)
· The first European-Americans to inhabit the area we call Sayville were John and Sarah Edwards who leased land around 1761. They built a home that later burned down at what is now the corner of Edwards Street and Collins Avenue. After the American Revolution, the family purchased about a thousand acres from the bay north to the Three Mile Line. Their son, Matthew, built the original portion of the Edwards Homestead about 1785. The house was expanded over the years.
· A second building, called the Annex, will also be open. It contains a collection of farming tools and images that provide a good sense of the skills the Edwards mastered and the effort that was needed to feed the family, as well as their livestock.

10:30 – 11:30 St. Ann’s Church, 257 Middle Road, Sayville
· St. Ann’s was designed by Isaac H. Green, Jr. and built in 1888. Constructed of granite in the Norman style, it has massive walls and a round arch over the recessed doors. The seven stained glass windows in the apse were designed by J.A. Holzer, chief designer for Tiffany. The five foot wide Rose window over the entrance is also by Tiffany. This handsome church, the first stone house of worship built in Suffolk County, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

11:30 – 1:00 Meadow Croft, 299 Middle Road, Sayville
· Meadow Croft is a rare example of South Shore summerhouse architecture prior to the turn of the 19th century. The summer estate of John Ellis Roosevelt and his family, Meadow Croft is comprised of a 19th century farmhouse and a magnificent 1891 addition designed by Isaac H. Green, Jr. of Sayville. Additional structures are a carriage house, an auto house, a caretaker's cottage, and a swimming pool. John’s cousin, President Theodore Roosevelt, visited the home for lunch on July 23, 1903.
· The house is on the National Register of Historic Places.

1:00 – 4:00: LUNCH Grey Horse Tavern 291 Bayport Avenue, Bayport
· In May 2008, the Grey Horse Tavern opened its doors. Calling Bayport its home, GHT set up shop in a lovingly restored landmark building that has been a tavern ever since 1868. Owners Irene Dougal and Linda Ringhouse named their establishment after Hanko, a grey Palomino horse that previous owners Hans and Katy Rohde would lead from the barn right up to the bar!

Luncheon Buffet at Grey Horse Tavern (included in registration fee)
Salad: GHT Chefs Signature Salad
Platters: Marinated Breast of Chicken, Rosemary and Lemon Scented
Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin
Pasta: Rigatoni with Tomatoes, Prosciutto, Peas, Parmesan
Dessert: Cookie and Brownie Platter
Soda, coffee, tea & decaf included
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Friday, March 30, 2018

April 2018 Newsletter

General Membership Meeting

On April 8th at 2:00 at the Bayport Blue Point Library, we will hold our next General Membership meeting featuring Diane Holliday, speaking about the Idle Hour Artist Colony of Oakdale. Diane is the former Dowling College Archivist and Special Collections Librarian. She will lead a discussion about the short lived (1926-1929) Idle Hour Artist Colony in Oakdale NY. She will examine how this artist colony fits into the context of the Artist Colony Movement in the United States. Additionally, she will talk about the Artist Colony founder, the artists, and other notable inhabitants of the Colony and what their life was like there. Finally, she will take a look at the art that was formally housed at the Dowling College Library.
We hope you can join us on April 8th at the library!

St. Patrick's Day Parade...

Thank you to the many members of the BHA for your participation in the St. Patrick's Day parade! It was a beautiful sunny day and Irish eyes were smiling! A great crowd watched along the route and again our congratulations to Walter Ramsey the Grand Marshall!

We would like to Thank; Jerry McCloskey and John Amato for holding our Heritage Sign and leading our group. Mary Bailey, Leann Berg and Frank Geibfried in the 1923 Model A. Gene Horton for letting us borrow his car! A special Thank you also goes to Frank and Jen Grasso for the use of their carriage. Thank you to Dennis Fagan and your family for following in your own Model A. Anna Dugan and Jen Economos for handing out pins and marching with the BHA. It was a wonderful day to see our communities come together in the spirit of the Irish! 
See the video on YouTube here:  https://youtu.be/K30dFjAW8v0 

The heirloom Garden...

The Meadow Croft heirloom garden is in need of a Spring cleaning. It may not seem a like a huge space, but there is plenty of room and a variety of tasks to keep people entertained by the wonders of nature. We are looking for hands to help. Our new master Gardner is Ann Soper.

For the initial cleanup we will be raking, cutting and possibly digging or tilling. It is recommended to wear layers, bringing a hat, gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen, a kneeling pad and something to keep you hydrated. If you have a leaf rake, hand rake, pruners, trowel, weeding tool, bucket for debris, these would all be useful. Most important is a desire to help, regardless of knowledge or ability. There is something for every level of gardener, so don't feel you can't take part! Contact the BHA at 631-472-4625 with any questions. Looking forward to another beautiful season!

upcoming news....

The Bayport Heritage Association has some exciting news and information coming soon! Make sure to follow our blog and read our Newsletter to keep up on all the happenings!
Sneak peek: Historical sign dedication, new membership information, Summer Concerts, Autumn House Tour information and more!

April ASCHS quarterly meeting

The Bayport Historical Association and the Sayville Historical Society are co-hosting the April ASCHS meeting. ASCHS, or Association of Suffolk County Historical Societies, will be holding it's quarterly meeting on April 28th. It will feature the historic buildings of St. Ann's Church in Sayville, the Edwards Homestead in Sayville, and the Meadow Croft estate. Lunch at the delicious Grey Horse Tavern in Bayport will follow. Ticket prices are $40.00 pp and an invite will follow shortly. Save the date! Hope to see you there.

Friday, March 2, 2018

March Newsletter, 2018

~ March Newsletter 2018 ~

General Membership Meeting

On April 8th at 2:00 at the Bayport Blue Point Library, we will hold our next General Membership meeting featuring Diane Holliday, speaking about the Idle Hour Artist Colony of Oakdale. Diane is the former Dowling College Archivist and Special Collections Librarian. She will lead a discussion about he short lived (1926-1929) Idle Hour Artist Colony in Oakdale NY. She will examine how this artist colony fits into the context of the Artist Colony Movement in the United States. Additionally, she will talk about the Artist Colony founder, the artists, and other notable inhabitants of the Colony and what their life was like there. Finally, she will take a look at the art that was formally housed at the Dowling College Library.
We hope you can join us on April 8th at the library!
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St Patrick's Day Parade

Come out and celebrate! On March 11th Bayport and Blue Point will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day. This is the 28th year our communities will be marching in the parade starting at 11:00. This wonderful festive event sponsored by the BBP Chamber of Commerce has selected Walter Ramsey as the Grand Marshal for this years event. Walter has been involved with the parade from the beginning and it is an honor having him as the Grand Marshal.
All BHA members are encouraged to march in the parade and show support of our association and our community. The BHA will be lining up on Snedecore Ave at spot number 23, so if you would like to march or hand things out, please contact us.

Congratulations or 'comhghairdeas' to Walter and we hope to see you there!

Odds and ends....

Docents: 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.

Heirloom Garden: Lorraine Leacock, our lead gardener at Meadow Croft has decided to step down from her role. Lorraine has done a fabulous job for many years but it is now time to pass the torch, or trowel, on to someone else. She will be available to assist but can no longer take the lead position.
The lead person will need to help coordinate the seeds and/or plants, plant the seedlings, water the garden and generally see that the garden is maintained from April through September. Traditionally, Friday mornings were the groups time to meet at Meadow Croft to do this important work but other plans can be made.
If you have any interest or would like to help in any way, please contact us at 631-472-4625. A willingness to help and learn is all that is required. Consider keeping this tradition alive at Meadow Croft!
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Board of Directors and Officers of the BHA

Thank you to everyone who came out to our February general membership meeting. Each March our nominating committee presents it's slate of officers for the upcoming year. This year we would like to welcome Jen Economos as a new director! We would also like to thank Kristy Giacchetto for your years of volunteerism and contributions to the BHA. We know Kristy will still be involved in many aspects of all we do, especially the Autumn House Tour, and we Thank her for her service. The following is the 2018 Executive Board and the Directors:
Mary Bailey, President
Leanne Berg, Vice President
Beth Lamarca, Recording Secretary
Laura Amato, Corresponding Secretary
John Amato, Treasurer

Directors: Tom Maher, David Harenberg,
Frank Geibfried, Dennis Fagan,
Jen Economos
 
 
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Feb. 25, 2018 Meeting

DATE CHANGE!

Please note: Due to a conflict with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, we have decided to change our March general membership meeting to Sunday, February 25. We hope to see you there!

Join us at our next general membership meeting at the 
Bayport-Blue Point Library on 
Sunday, February 25 at 2 o’clock. 

We will welome historian Bill Bleyer who will present “Sagamore Hill: Theodore Roosevelt’s Summer White House.” Discover the story behind Theodore Roosevelt’s favorite place on earth. No house better reflects the personality and interests of its owner than Theodore Roosevelt’s cherished Sagamore Hill. After Roosevelt returned to Oyster Bay following the death of both his beloved wife and his mother, he and second wife Edith made the house a home for their growing and rambunctious family. What began as the perfect getaway from unhealthy New York City summers in his grandfather’s day became the summer White House during Roosevelt’s presidency. He hosted political guests like Henry Cabot Lodge and cultural luminaries like novelist Edith Wharton. Roosevelt spent his final years happily at Sagamore Hill, and after his death in 1919 the house was preserved by his widow, the Theodore Roosevelt Association and eventually the National Park Service. With previously unpublished photographs and a room-by-room guide to the house and grounds, historian Bill Bleyer recounts bygone days at Roosevelt’s haven.
Bill Bleyer was a prize-winning staff writer for Newsday, the Long Island daily newspaper, for 33 years before retiring in 2014 to write books and freelance for magazines and Newsday.
He is co-author of “Long Island and the Civil War,” published in 2015 by The History Press. He is the author of "Fire Island Lighthouse: Long Island's Welcoming Beacon" published by The History Press in 2017.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

February 2018 Newsletter

~ February 2018 Newsletter ~

General Membership meeting

Please note: Due to a conflict with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, we have decided to change our March general membership meeting to Sunday, February 25. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience.

Join us at our next general membership meeting at the Bayport-Blue Point Library on Sunday, February 25 at 2 o’clock. We will welome historian Bill Bleyer who will present “Sagamore Hill: Theodore Roosevelt’s Summer White House.” Discover the story behind Theodore Roosevelt’s favorite place on earth. No house better reflects the personality and interests of its owner than Theodore Roosevelt’s cherished Sagamore Hill. After Roosevelt returned to Oyster Bay following the death of both his beloved wife and his mother, he and second wife Edith made the house a home for their growing and rambunctious family. What began as the perfect getaway from unhealthy New York City summers in his grandfather’s day became the summer White House during Roosevelt’s presidency. He hosted political guests like Henry Cabot Lodge and cultural luminaries like novelist Edith Wharton. Roosevelt spent his final years happily at Sagamore Hill, and after his death in 1919 the house was preserved by his widow, the Theodore Roosevelt Association and eventually the National Park Service. With previously unpublished photographs and a room-by-room guide to the house and grounds, historian Bill Bleyer recounts bygone days at Roosevelt’s haven.
Bill Bleyer was a prize-winning staff writer for Newsday, the Long Island daily newspaper, for 33 years before retiring in 2014 to write books and freelance for magazines and Newsday.
He is co-author of “Long Island and the Civil War,” published in 2015 by The History Press. He is the author of "Fire Island Lighthouse: Long Island's Welcoming Beacon" published by The History Press in 2017.
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United Methodist Church of Bayport

UMC of Bayport has been serving this community since 1873. Learn about its history in this brief video. Click here.
 St. Patrick's Day Parade
Come out and celebrate! On March 11th Bayport Blue Point will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day. This is the 28th year our communities will be marching in the parade starting at 11:00. This wonderful festive event sponsored by the BBP Chamber of Commerce has selected Walter Ramsey as the Grand Marshal for this years event. Walter has been involved with the parade from the beginning and it is an honor having him as the Grand Marshal.
All BHA members are encouraged to march in the parade and show support of our association and our community. Congratulations or 'comhghairdeas' to Walter and we hope to see you there!

Boy Scouts visit Meadow Croft

On Saturday, November 4, the Bayport Heritage Association welcomed over 200 Boy Scouts to Meadow Croft. The day was part of the Scouts’ History Alive program, which makes local history an element of the Scouting experience. The program aims to be more than a visit to the local museum; it intends to teach youth interactively about the history of their community.
Camp was set up at the Grange in Sayville, where the Scouts toured the historic buildings and talked with period reenactors. The kids then hiked south to the Roosevelt property and followed the old Roosevelt trail. Once at Meadow Croft, they were treated to a tour of the house, garage, and carriage house by BHA members dressed in period attire. Following the tour, the Scout patrols worked cooperatively, answering questions about the Roosevelt family and property to earn awards back at the Camporee. The importance of programs such as this was demonstrated by the enthusiastic responses and interest of the kids. Thanks to Blue Point resident and Boy Scout representative Brian McAuliff and Frank Grasso for including us in such a rewarding day!
On January 28th 2018, both Brain and Frank came back to Meadow Croft to say Thank you! They gave our board members a beautiful letter of thanks, some nice t-shirts and a donation to our organization. It's experiences like these that make the countless hours the volunteers spend working hard to preserve our communities rich history that make it all worthwhile.
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Researching Your House

The BHA has a large archive of historical information on most of the residences in Bayport. These archives, which include, photos, deeds, news clippings and handwritten notes from previous owners, was compiled by many of the early members of the BHA. Their hard work and persistence is so appreciated by the current BHA board and members. We would like to offer the chance for BHA members to view these archives by special request. If you are a member with current dues paid, you can email John Amato to make an appointment to see the file on your old house. Just send John your address and he will retrieve the file and meet you at the Bayport Blue Point Library on the weekend. These files cannot be taken home for obvious reasons, but you may make copies of documents. John is a current board member and the treasurer of the BHA. His email address is 

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Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year 2018!

Happy New Year 2018!

All of us at the Bayport Heritage Association hope you had a wonderful holiday season and enjoyed special memories with family and friends. We had a busy productive year and accomplished a great deal to support our mission of preserving the rich history of our wonderful hamlet. Of course we could not do any of this without the support of our community; both families and local businesses. We thank you for a wonderful year and look forward to 2018!
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Christmas at Meadow Croft

From Leanne Berg, Vice President and chairperson

I'd like to thank everyone involved in the 2017 Silver and Gold Christmas at Meadow Croft! it was a successful weekend and I appreciate all of the hard work and dedication everyone put in.

A special "Thank You" goes to Karl at Bayport Flower Houses, Sayville Flowers, Detail Designs, The Sayville Garden Club, Neighbors and Gardeners of Bayport Blue Point, Bayport Homemakers and countless others for giving their time and tremendous efforts in creating a magical weekend for all.

Join us next year where our theme will be "The 12 Days of Christmas" Happy New Year!

Enjoy a short video of the weekend's events below:

Odds and ends....

Membership: More information will be forthcoming about membership so please hold off sending any payments at this time. Thank you!

Docents: 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.


General Membership Meeting: The next general membership meeting will be held on  
MARCH 11th 2018
not January 11th as reported in our last newsletter. The BHA apologizes for the error and any inconvenience we may have caused with this incorrect date. Hoping to see everyone at the March meeting at the Bayport Blue Point Library. It will feature speaker Bill Bleyer who will speak about Sagamore Hill, President's Theodore Roosevelt's Summer White House. Save the date!

Nominations for the BHA Board of Directors:
The nominating committee is developing a slate of members for the 2018 board. There are several seats open; including 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 2018 year, please contact John Amato at johnfamato@optonline.net.


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 BBPhistorical@gmail.com.

BHA Acquires Pencil Belonging to Charles Freiman

Thank you to Mrs. Janet Crampton for sending the BHA a mechanical pencil engraved with the "C. Freiman" on its side. Charles Freiman was one of the Freiman brothers who were prominent businessmen and residents of Bayport. They owned the Freiman Hotel, which is currently the Grey Horse Tavern. The Freiman Hotel served as a de facto train station when the railroad came through in the 1880s. While William Arthur served as station agent out of his residence and store on the north side of the tracks, The Freiman Hotel served travelers and guests. The pencil owned by Charles Freiman, may have been used at the front desk of the hotel.

BHA Archives Provide look into the Past

If you mention Shand's store to many Bayport and Blue Point residents, they will smile and offer a few heartwarming anecdotes of their childhood days when grandpa or grandma shopped there. This was the place where you could have your groceries bagged and delivered. The place where Mr. Shand was there to greet you by name and talk for a while. Well, Shand's store originated in Patchogue in 1911in the very building which currently houses the Brick House Brewery. In fact, you can still see the Shand's sign painted on the west side of the Brick House building when heading East. In the BHA archives, we recently found a whole file of old Shand's newspaper ads. We have attached one here for you enjoyment. Notice the year written on the smaller one in the top right corner, 1921. Enjoy.
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Friday, December 1, 2017

December 2017 Newsletter

December 2017 Newsletter ~

Christmas at Meadow Croft

BAYPORT HERITAGE ASSOCIATION
invites you to:
"A Silver and Gold Christmas"
Join us for an old-fashioned Christmas at Meadow Croft! This year's theme is Silver and Gold. Mark your calendars for December 2nd and 3rd, 2017 from 12:00-4:00 for a wonderful Holiday event. Magnificent Dutch, Victorian and Edwardian Christmas decorations on display, vintage clothing and a special visit from St. Nicholas! Special exhibits for 2017. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served. The Roosevelt's grand piano will fill the home with music for the season.
Holiday baskets, gift cards and all decorations will be raffled too!

Cost: $5.00 per adult, $3.00 for seniors and children up to age 12.

From all of us at the BHA;
Merry Christmas!!!

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 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 johnfamato@optonline.net.


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 BBPhistorical@gmail.com.

Boy Scout Camporee Visits Meadow Croft!

On Saturday, November 4, the Bayport Heritage Association welcomed over 200 Boy Scouts to Meadow Croft.
The day was part of the Scouts’ History Alive program, which makes local history an element of the Scouting experience. The program aims to be more than a visit to the local museum; it intends to teach youth interactively about the history of their community.
Camp was set up at the Grange in Sayville, where the Scouts toured the historic buildings and talked with period reenactors.
The kids then hiked south to the Roosevelt property and followed the old Roosevelt trail.
Once at Meadow Croft, they were treated to a tour of the house, garage, and carriage house by BHA members dressed in period attire.
Following the tour, the Scout patrols worked cooperatively, answering questions about the Roosevelt family and property to earn awards back at the Camporee.
The importance of programs such as this was demonstrated by the enthusiastic responses and interest of the kids.
Thanks to Blue Point resident and Boy Scout representative Brian McAuliff for including us in such a rewarding day!

General Membership meeting

Due to Christmas at Meadow Croft the first weekend in December, there is no membership meeting this month. We will resume our meetings in March. Please mark your calendars for upcoming meetings with these terrific speakers to learn more about local history:

March 11, 2018
Bill Bleyer: Sagamore Hill; Theodore Roosevelt's summer White House

April 8, 2018
Diane Holliday: The Idle Hour Artist Colony of Oakdale

May 20, 2017
To be announced

Thank you!!!

The BHA is grateful to our many local business donors who willingly help and support the BHA in all of our endeavors.
We would like to publicly thank the follow local businesses and encourage you to patronize them as well:

Blackbirds Grille
The Fish Store
Satellite Pizza
Avocados
Sunny B Nails
Vamp Hair Studio
JT's Café
Daisy Garden
Bayport Flower Houses
Pojero Family Chiropractic
Berry Fresh
Releve Dance Centre

Help wanted....

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 the BHA phone number.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Christmas at Meadow Croft

“Christmas at Meadow Croft”
 Dec. 2nd & 3rd, 2017. 

We hope to see you all there. 
Come see our display in the entrance of the 
Bayport Blue Point Library.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

November 2017

Happy Autumn!

A message from our President; Mary Bailey:
30th Autumn House Tour


This year's house tour was a huge success. We had more ticket sales this year than in years past and that is all thanks to the home owners of the six beautiful homes on the tour. They were all spectacular! A huge Thank You to our hosts : Rich Piekos, John and Jane Geoghan, Michael and Brittany Parrott, Saul and Sharon Zabell, The Behman Pond Estate, and Peter and Abby Maloney.

Also thanks to the many, many volunteers: The 72 house guides and the guides at Meadow Croft; Kristy Giacchetto and Connie Smith for helping organize the house guides; Angela Stelling for helping find homes for the tour; the antique car owners; Anna Dugan for gathering and organizing the cars ; The Sayville Garden Club for the beautiful pumpkin displays; Jim and Barbara Connell for donating the pumpkins for those displays; John and Laura Amato for numbering the homes on the tour: Jackie Fagan for collecting the raffle donation;, Leanne Berg for manning the refreshments and raffles at Meadow Croft, and my husband, Bill Bailey for the beautiful write ups of all the houses for the tour ticket books and for finding some of the homes for the tour!


It is volunteers that make the Bayport Heritage Association so successful. We couldn't run without them! Thank you all for your hard work and dedication!

General Membership Meeting: 

Sunday, November 12 from 2:00 to 4:00 

at the Bayport-Blue Point Library

Consuelo and the Duke: The Wedding of the Century
You are cordially invited to attend the wedding of Consuelo Vanderbilt and the Duke of Marlborough - an event that sparked a media frenzy in 1895. Marked by paparazzi, screaming crowds, and family scandals, it was a harbinger of celebrity weddings to come. This presentation will walk you through the story of Consuelo and the Duke using contemporary newspaper accounts intertwined with the personal stories of those involved. The result is a true fairy tale of the Gilded Age, with great displays of wealth and ambition colliding with the human heart.

Join Oakdale historian Chris Kretz at our next general membership meeting on Sunday, November 12 from 2:00 to 4:00 at the Bayport-Blue Point Library for this fascinating presentation! BHA will also have some old maps of Bayport and Blue Point on display at this meeting.

Christmas at Meadow Croft

BAYPORT HERITAGE ASSOCIATION
invites you to:

"A Silver and Gold Christmas"

Join us on Saturday and Sunday, December 2nd and 3rd 2017, from 12:00-4:00
for a wonderful holiday event at Meadow Croft.
Musical selections will be played on the Roosevelt grand piano, magnificent Dutch, Victorian and Edwardian Christmas decorations will be on display throughout the estate. Special exhibits for 2017 will be on display. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served. Raffles and prizes as well as all decorations raffled off. There will also be vintage clothing on display and a visit from St. Nicholas! Pictures will be available.
Join us for this special holiday event!
Admission: $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for children up to 12 and seniors

Contact event chairperson Leanne Berg (631-235-1702) if you would like to volunteer to; stuff envelopes, be a docent for the evening, sell raffles or make phone calls to the winners, have a special display for our holiday theme or just need more information.
Looking forward to a wonderful festive time!
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BHA Historian; Gene Horton

Local historian and BHA member Gene Horton has written another book! His latest venture is another historical book featuring stories about the local history of Bayport and Blue Point. Gene has been writing for a local newspaper, The Bayport-Blue Point Gazette for 15 years. "Yester-Years in Bayport & Blue Point" is a compilation of all of these wonderful historical articles in one publication. It will be on sale in about 3 weeks at The Bayport Flower Houses and the Bayport Blue Point Library. We hope you enjoy it! Thank you Gene for keeping the history of our towns alive!

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 631-472-4625.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

October 2017

General Membership Meeting

A Slideshow Stroll through Old Bayport
Join us at our next general membership meeting on Sunday, October 8 from 2:00 to 4:00 at the Bayport-Blue Point Library.
The guest speakers for this meeting will be our own Jim Connell and Gene Horton. The featured presentation for this meeting was developed in the 1990's as part of a New York State initiative to designate historic zones in towns and villages. The project stalled due to lack of state funding, but several BHA members produced an excellent array of photos and written details about the old homes in Bayport. As you may know, Jim and Gene presented the first part of their program last year. This time they will take us on a slideshow stroll of Bayport Avenue and the downtown area. Come on down to the BBP Library and learn about the historic homes of your local neighbors and friends!


Save the Dates!
We have an exciting and interesting group of speakers this year for our general membership meetings. See the list below and be sure to mark your calendars!
October 8, 2017
Jim Connell and Gene Horton: A Slide Show Stroll through Old Bayport

November 12, 2017
Chris Kretz: The Wedding of the Century: The Marriage of Consuelo Vanderbilt of Idle Hour

March 11, 2018
Bill Bleyer: Sagamore Hill: Theodore Roosevelt’s Summer White House

April 8, 2018
Diane Holliday: The Idle Hour Artist Colony of Oakdale

Autumn House Tour

The BHA has sponsored an Autumn House Tour showcasing the beautiful homes of residents in both Bayport and Blue Point for 30 years . This year is no exception! We already have commitments from our neighbors and friends for 6 homes which will make this years tour outstanding! The date of the tour will be October 22nd and tickets are now available. Learn about local history and view 6 lovely historic homes. Meadow Croft will be serving refreshments and tours of this home will be available.
Please note that out of respect for the homeowners, children under 12, high heels, food or drink, and cameras will not be permitted. Tickets are on sale now for $30.00 and can be purchased at Bayport Flower Houses, BBP Library and Century 21 Bay's Edge Realty on Main Street in Sayville. The tour will start at 1:00 and end at 5:00. If you are willing to help please call or email us. Contact information found below.
There are a limited number of tickets so purchase them early so you will not miss out. Looking forward to another wonderful BHA event!

Christmas at Meadow Croft

Save the dates! Christmas at Meadow Croft will be December 2nd and 3rd from 12:00-4:00. The theme this year will be Silver and Gold! Volunteers are needed to help with this event. Please call Leanne Berg if you are interested or have a display that fits our theme or you would like to help in any way. Her number is 631-235-1702. There will be raffles, and decorations and ornaments will be raffled off at end of 2nd day. Winner need not be present. Refreshments will be served, pictures with St Nicholas, piano music and more!

Tours at Meadow Croft

October is the last month to tour Meadow Croft, the historic summer home of President Theodore Roosevelt's cousin, John Ellis Roosevelt. Meadow Croft is open every weekend from 2-4:00 with a guided tour by trained docents. There is also a special display by artist and Bayport resident, John Hodge. His gorgeous paintings with 3D art carvings make a unique and visually stimulating display. There also has been many updates to Meadow Croft, including room improvements and displays. Come on down if you haven't been here to enjoy what life was like in the 1910's.

Home at 473 Middle Road

The BHA and the local community are pleased to see that the residence at 473 Middle Road is under construction after a September 2016 fire. You might recall, that owner Ron Provenzano and his family escaped harm in the early morning fire when passers-by awakened them to exit the burning house. The structure is one of the earliest homes on Middle Road and Bayport. It was built by Lawrence Edwards for his daughter Mary and her husband Franklin B. Smith, son of Silas Smith. Lawrence Edwards is one of the early large land owners in Bayport. He also built the lovely Greek revival home at 463 Middle Road, right next door, for his son Lawrence B. Edwards circa 1852. Mr. Provenzano's new structure is considerably larger than the original small home. However, it is obvious that he is keeping the charming front façade and balcony over the front door. The property is pictured on a map from 1873 in the Bayport Heritage book on page 4 and is approximately 100 x 300 ft. The map also shows a cemetery on the west edge of the property. In a conversation with Mr. Provenzano about the cemetery, he acknowledged knowing about the early burial ground but never saw any grave markers on his property. Even Islip Town historian, George Muckenbeck, has not been able to verify this as an actual cemetery. The BHA and local residents wish Mr. Provenzano and his family good luck on his beautiful new home.