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.

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!

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

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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

Meeting: April 10th, 2016

Sunday April 10th 2016 at 2pm 
in the Bayport Blue Point Public Library. 

The Priscilla
This lecture and presentation by Capt. Michael Caldwell of the Long Island Maritime Museum 
will explain the different steps in the restoration process of the oyster sloop Priscilla
The Priscilla, built in 1888, is a 60 feet long oyster sloop with a 14-foot beam. 
In 1976, she was donated to the Long Island Maritime Museum
This vessel is the oldest and only sailing work-boat to survive from the Great South Bay oyster fleet. There are only four of her kind still in existence. 
In 2006 Priscilla was designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Today, March 20, 2016

Hello Fellow History-lovers... 
Here is something to do today, while waiting for the snow!

There is going to be an interesting program today at 2:00 pm at the Sayville Library about WINEMAKING ON L.I.   
The guest speaker is Greg Gove and he is the wine-maker for Barney Loughlin at Loughlin Vineyards.
This program is sponsored by the Sayville Historical Society.  
See you there!   


Sunday March 13th, 2016
 All Heritage Association members are invited to march in the parade showing their support of the association and the community.

MEETING: Sunday March 13th 2016

Sunday March 13th 2016 at 
2:00 pm in the Bayport Blue Point Public Library.

Join Dowling College Faculty-Librarian 
Diane Holliday 
for a Historic 
“Postcard tour of the Hotels and Inns of Long Island’s South Shore”. 
Back in the Early 1900s the South Shore of Long Island became a millionaire’s playground. 
Come see how, from Bay Shore to Bellport, they came to spend their long summers away from the heat of New York City.

February 2016 Newsletter

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING: Sunday February 14th 2016 at 2pm in the Public Library.

"Islip Grange A Place to Touch the Face of History." Founded in 1974, a number of Long Island period structures were moved onto this 12 acre site. Presenter George Munkenbeck will explore the present conditions at the Grange as well as the historic background of the land and structures and the work of Friends of the Grange to restore the park.

NOMINATIONS FOR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS: The nominating committee is developing a slate of board members for the 2016 board. If you know of someone who would be willing to serve on the board please contact Joe Novak,  631-363-7428. Thank you.

HOUSE TOUR 2016 Planning: Although its months away we are gearing up for the 2016 “House Tour” We are on the lookout for beautiful and interesting houses to feature this year. If you or anyone you know in Bayport or Blue Point would like to showcase their beautiful home please email us at

ATTENTION GARDENERS: The garden is still asleep but we are looking for volunteers to help maintain the Meadow Croft Garden come spring. Use your “Green Thumbs” to email us at

DOCENTS NEEDED: The association is in need of docents (tour guides) for historical guided tours at Meadow Croft. It requires very little time, less than 2 hours a day, two days a month, June through October. You will follow one of our current Docents to learn the rich history of Meadow Croft before leading a tour on your own.  If you or someone you know is interested in history, please contact Harriet Mihlstin, 631-472-2118.

Membership Annual Dues: You can mail a check to our P.O. Box or pay at our February General Membership Meeting, February 14th.

Annual Dues: Family- $25, Individual-$15, Seniors-$10

Send checks, with your name and address to:
Bayport Heritage Association
P.O. Box 4                                                                                                                                                 
Bayport, NY 11705
Thank you!

Meeting: January 10th, 2016

Sunday, Jan. 10th at 2pm 
in the Bayport Blue Point Public Library
Gene Horton will be giving a lecture and presentation for the Bayport Heritage Association's monthly membership meeting. 

"Sleeping in Suffolk" 
The program features some interesting information about people, famous and infamous, who are buried here in Suffolk County. Listen to Gene and learn about some of the unusual headstones and stories, quaint cemeteries, folklore, local history... an interesting way to start off the new year!
If you are not a member of the Bayport Heritage Association, you can still attend. 

Free admission!
We will have membership forms available. 
Yearly membership is just
$25 for family membership
$15 for individual
and $10 for seniors

As usual, refreshments will be served!
Hope to see you there.