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.

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 With previously unpublished photographs and a room-by-room guide to the house and grounds, historian Bill Bleyer recounts bygone days at Roosevelt’s haven.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.

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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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Autumn House Tour Tickets on Sale!


Bayport Heritage Autumn House Tour tickets are now on sale.


Event: October 22, 2017
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Cost $30

Purchase at these locations:

  • Bayport Flower House, Bayport
  • Bayport Blue Point Library, Blue Point
  • Century 21 Bay's Edge Realty, Sayville

September 2017 Newsletter

September 2017 Newsletter

General Membership Meeting

A Penny Postcard View of Long Island

Join us at our next general membership meeting on
Sunday, September 10th from 2:00-4:00 at the Bayport-Blue Point Library. 

Well-known local historian Noel Gish will help us travel back in time with a Penny Postcard View of Long Island. Real photo postcards tell us so much about Long Island’s past. These photos sold for pennies and were sent through the US mail as a casual way of communication. The postcard period has long since ended with the advent of the telephone, text messaging, and emails. Yet these postcards are worthy of collecting for their beauty, their historical value, and as keys to our regional history. Most importantly, they offer us a glimpse into Long Island’s bygone days.

Noel Gish taught history at Hauppauge High School for 35 years. In 1973 he instituted one of the first Long Island History courses for high school students in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Mr. Gish is the former Associate Editor of the Long Island History Journal and in 1996 authored Smithtown 1660-1929: Looking Back through the Lens for the Smithtown Historical Society. He currently serves as the Chairperson of the Collections Committee for the Suffolk County Historical Society.
Please join us for this informative and fun afternoon!
There will be a raffle and refreshments will be served.
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John Hodge Exhibit at Meadow Croft

JOHN HODGE of Bayport
By Gene Horton
The following was written by Gene Horton in reference to the talented artist, John Hodge. An exhibit of his work will be on display at Meadow Croft in September and October. The house will be open from 2-4 on weekends for tours. Stop by and view these beautiful pieces of art.



John Hodge was one of the most talented people ever to reside in Bayport, Long Island. He is remembered today primarily as a local folk artist, painter and wood carver. John Hodge was born in New York City in 1868 but spent most of his life in Bayport. In 1889, he joined the New York City police department. He worked at the Eldridge Street Station as a patrolman. However, he decided early-on to give up that job and return to Bayport. Throughout his life, John Hodge’s employment was varied and sporadic; a jack-of-all-trades. At various times, he was an interior and exterior house painter. He also painted outdoor signs. In 1897, he opened a bicycle repair shop in Bayport with Sanford Weeks. He joined the Bayport Fire Department and, in 1898, organized and led a fife & drum corps in the department. John Hodge was musically talented. On August 13, 1900, John Hodge married Elizabeth Bennett of Blue Point. The Bennetts owned and operated a large greenhouse business (on the site of the present Bayport-Blue Point Public Library). However, Elizabeth Bennett’s parents did not approve of their daughter marrying John Hodge. But John and Elizabeth went ahead and were married anyway. Rev. George T. Freeman conducted the 1900 nuptials in Bayport. Sadly, it would not be a happy, bliss-filled marriage, although they did have four children. The marriage had its ups, downs and separations. John and Elizabeth Hodge’s home, now gone, was located on the northeast corner of Fairview Ave. and Academy St. John Hodge, however, would emerge over the years as a super-talented man known especially or his combined painted and carved

works. One particular Bayport establishment, Gene Amann’s Bayport House, became the depository of an extraordinary number of John Hodge’s carved images. Gene Amann had befriended John Hodge and eventually employed him as a handyman. The tap room at the Bayport House became John Hodge’s unofficial showcase…everywhere you looked you could see John Hodge’s work displayed on the walls and hanging from the ceiling: birds and ducks everywhere, geese and birds in flight, fish attracted by a shiny lure, a native American in a canoe spearing salmon, hunting dogs pointing, a deer in flight from a fire, brown trout, a moose, hunters in a canoe…all in 3-D… carved and painted on boards & odd pieces of wood or even on the inside of wooden salad bowls…these were all John Hodge’s subjects and his artist’s focal point. In 1938, through Gene Amann, John Hodge’s work was displayed at the National Sportsmen’s Show in NYC’s Madison Square Garden. The following year, 1939, John Hodge also had samples of his work displayed at the Long Island Exhibit at the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows. Sadly, in 1938, Elizabeth Hodge died, aged sixty. She’s buried in the Blue Point Cemetery. In 1942, John Hodge was appointed a uniformed ‘special constable’ by the Islip Town Board. Later, he was a crossing guard at Bayport High School. John Hodge continued to carve and paint even as his health began to fail. By 1955, he entered the Firemen’s Home in Hudson, NY due to ill-health. John Hodge died at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson on June 19, 1957 at the age of 89. He’s buried in the Firemen’s Cemetery in Hudson, NY.
So, if you’re lucky enough to own “a John Hodge,” treasure it!

Concert in the park

Thank you to all who came out on August 10th to enjoy the free concert sponsored by the BHA featuring the Lazy Bunny Ukulele Band. It was a beautiful summer evening and everyone seemed to have a great time. Toes were tapping, people were singing and some free spirits got up to dance! Thank you to Dave Harenberg, BHA director for arranging this event for our community.

30th Annual Autumn House Tour

The BHA has sponsored an Autumn House Tour showcasing the beautiful homes of residents in both Bayport and Blue Point. 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 will be available mid-September. 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 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. 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. St Nicholas, piano music and more! More information to follow next month.

August 2017 Newsletter

Bayport Heritage Association

~ August 2017 Newsletter ~

Happy summer!

Hello everyone and Happy Summer! The Bayport Heritage Association has been extremely busy and we have lots of information and wonderful events to share. Please feel free to pass this newsletter on to your neighbors and friends so everyone can be informed about all of the historical events happening in our communities. You can also follow us on FaceBook at Bayport Heritage Association or on Twitter @BayportHistory. Our other contact information is listed at the end of this newsletter. Hope to see you at our next community event or at Meadow Croft!

FREE Summer Concert!

Save the date! On August 10, 2017, from 6:00-8:00 PM, the BHA will be sponsoring a FREE Concert in Bayport Memorial Park! We are lucky to have Lazy Bunny Ukulele Band coming to play. Bring your lawn chairs, some bug spray, your favorite beverage and your dancing shoes! For a preview, see the video below. Thanks to BHA Director Dave Harenberg for setting this up for our community to enjoy.

Monica Randall exhibit continues...

Local historian Monica Randall has a wonderful display of Gold Coast 1920's dresses that will be on display at Meadow Croft on Saturdays and Sundays from 2:00-4:00 in the ladies' parlor. There is a $5.00 donation requested for this display. This will run from June through October. The house is also open for tours during these times as well.
During the sixties and seventies hundreds of the great estates were bulldozed to make way for new housing developments. The attics of these doomed palaces were often littered with steamer trunks filled with the most expensive gowns money could buy. These gowns, which could cost as much as $20,000, were worn in the heyday by the Gold Coast ladies of high society who hosted elaborate masquerade balls. Clothing items on display were worn by notable North Shore women such as the ladies of the Woolworth, Tiffany, Hutton, and Woodward families, as well as the Countess of Bismarck.
We hope you have the chance to come to Meadow Croft and view these beautiful historic gowns on display.

Artist Display: John Hodge of Bayport

John Hodge was born in NYC in 1868 but spent most of his life in Bayport. He held many jobs throughout his life including house painter, NYPD patrolman, bicycle repair shop owner, and crossing guard among others, but he is most famous for his unusual artwork. He combined painting and wood carvings to make beautiful, natural, 3-D outdoor scenes.
John became close friends with Gene Amann, proprietor of the Bayport House, and the tap room became John Hodge's unofficial showcase. Many of his unique pieces hung from the ceilings, were displayed on walls or sat on shelves for guests and patrons to enjoy. In 1938, with the help of Gene Amann, John's work was displayed at the National Sportsmen's Show in NYC's Madison Square Garden. The following year, in 1939, Hodge also had samples of his work on display at the Long Island Exhibit at the World's Fair in Flushing Meadow in Queens NY.
The BHA is proud to present an exhibit of John Hodge's works starting in September at Meadow Croft. Many of his special pieces were donated to the BHA and will proudly be on display starting this fall. More information to follow with specific dates and times.

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Invitation from the Long Island Master Gardener's

Lorraine Leacock, is Meadow Croft's very own Master Gardner and has done a fabulous job with our heirloom garden and the many volunteers who help out each week. As a member of the Long island Master Gardener's, she has exciting news to share!

Please join us!
Summer 2017 Picnic at Meadow Croft
When: August 16th, 2017 from 11:00-4:00 PM
Docent tour: of Meadow Croft @ 11:30
Lunch: Bring a dish to share with friends
(Ice, water bottles, coffee and paper goods provided)
Entertainment: Music and Magic from Dave
Games: Board Games and Lawn Games
Giveaway: Plant raffle BINGO

Please contact Lorraine Leacock with your RSVP, and to let her know what dish you would like to bring. Phone: 631-363-3646 or email: lerain@Hotmail.com

ALL ARE INVITED TO ATTEND!

Autumn House Tour

The BHA has sponsored an Autumn House Tour for more than 20 years showcasing the beautiful homes of residents in both Bayport and Blue Point. This year is no exception! We already have many commitments from our neighbors and friends which will make this years tour outstanding! The date of the tour will be October 22nd and tickets will be available mid-September. More information to follow.
There are a few spots left so if you have an unusual or historic home, and would be willing to showcase your abode, please give us a call or email for more information.
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Voices from Bayport & Blue Point: An Oral History Project

The BBP Library has a wonderful series of audio files of people and memories from the Bayport and Blue Point communities. This month's feature is from Ed Kennelly, a lifelong Bayporter. We hope you enjoy this month's feature.

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July 2017 News


Bayport Heritage Association

~ July 2017 Newsletter ~



Abandondoned Trunks: Clothing & costumes from the Gold Coast Era 
Local historian Monica Randall has a wonderful display of Gold Coast 1920's dresses that will be on display at Meadow Croft on Saturdays and Sundays from 2:00-4:00 in the ladies parlor. There is a $5.00 donation requested for this display. This will run from June through October. The house is also open for tours during these times as well.

During the sixties and seventies hundreds of the great estates were bulldozed to make way for new housing developments. The attics of these doomed palaces were often littered with steamer trunks filled with the most expensive gowns money could buy. These gowns, which could cost as much as $20,000, were worn in the heyday by the Gold Coast ladies of high society who hosted elaborate masquerade balls. Clothing items on display were worn by notable North Shore women such as the ladies of the Woolworth, Tiffany, Hutton, and Woodward families, as well as the Countess of Bismarck.

We hope you have the chance to come to Meadow Croft and view these beautiful historic gowns on display.

Concert in the Park! 
Save the date! On August 10, 2017, from 6:00-8:00 PM, the BHA will be sponsoring a FREE Concert in Bayport Memorial Park! We are lucky to have Lazy Bunny Ukulele Band coming to play. Bring your lawn chairs, some bug spray, your favorite beverage and your dancing shoes! For a preview, see the video below. Thanks to BHA Director Dave Harenberg for setting this up for our community to enjoy.

Autumn House Tour 
The BHA has sponsored an Autumn House Tour for more than 20 years showcasing the beautiful homes of residents in both Bayport and Blue Point. This year is no exception! We already have many commitments from our neighbors and friends which will make this years tour outstanding! The date of the tour will be October 22nd and tickets will be available mid-September. More information to follow.

There are a few spots left so if you have an unusual or historic home, and would be willing to showcase your abode, please give us a call or email for more information.


Help wanted... 
The BHA is always looking for volunteers or new members to fulfill the vision and mission which is dedicated to the preservation, history and future of our BBP hamlet. If you are interested and have some time, we need you! All levels of help welcomed.

** Tour Guides (docents)** ~ if you love history then we have a job for you! Docents or house guides are needed two days a month, June through October, to show the historic Meadow Croft to visitors. It is not much of a time commitment and training will be provided. For more information or if you are willing to help, please call Harriet Mihlstin at 631-472-4625

** Garden help ** ~ Meadow Croft's heirloom garden is in need of some hands to dig in the dirt. This garden is a replica of the original garden at the Meadow Croft estate dating back to the early 1900's. If you can spare some time and some muscle, bring your gardening tools to Meadow Croft on Friday mornings (weather permitting) starting at 9:00 AM. Call Lorraine for more details at 516-459-0140.

Did you know......?

In July 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt left his home at Sagamore Hill, in Oyster Bay, NY, and rode on horseback to visit his Roosevelt cousins at Meadow Croft in Sayville. The President was accompanied by his son, Theodore Jr., and George and Jack Roosevelt, the teenaged nephews of the President. He stopped on Main Street to ask the milkman, John Beintema, for directions before continuing his journey. The ride took 4 hours to cover the 40-mile trip.

Voices from Bayport and Blue Point: An Oral History Project

The BBP Library has a wonderful series of audio files of people and memories from the Bayport and Blue Point communities. This month's feature is about Janet DuBois. We hope you enjoy this month's feature.

BBP-HS Scholarship winner 
Each June, the BHA provides a $1000.00 Scholarship to a graduating senior from Bayport Blue Point High School . The students fill out the applications and the guidance counselors choose the recipient. This year's winner was Danae Gregg. Congratulations and best wishes on your future endeavors!

See the original newsletter here, with photos.