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.
Abandoned 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.
Thank you to Gene Horton!
At our May general membership meeting, our guest speaker became delayed and was not able to make our meeting. Many people came out during a torrential downpour and as not to disappoint our guests, Gene Horton came to our rescue! Gene gave a very interesting presentation on the imagery and symbolism on US currency. We examined a one dollar, a five and ten dollar bill. It was educational and fascinating how much information is included in our daily legal tender. We thank Gene for his extensive knowledge and his willingness to help out in any situation. THANK YOU!
Our guest speak series and general membership meetings will resume again in the fall.
Hope to see you at Meadow Croft during the summer months or at our annual community concert on August 10th at Bayport Memorial Park. More info to come....
An Oral History Project; Voices from Bayport Blue Point
The BBP library has a wonderful series of audio files that showcase the rich history of our communities. This month's feature is from Connie Haab. We hope you enjoy this reflection on life in BBP from years ago.
Updates at Meadow Croft....
The BHA has been very busy updating and improving the living quarters at Meadow Croft. Most recently, the original master bedroom received a fresh coat of paint and new rug to go along with the bed and other furniture in the room. A BIG Thank you goes to Butch Berg for moving several light fixtures in the master bedroom and also to Harrison Berg for painting. President Mary Bailey and VP Leanne Berg had the vision to move this project forward.
Another Thank you goes to BHA member Anna Dugan for changing all of the mannequins in Meadow Croft into vintage summer clothing for the season. This is a huge, delicate job and we thank Anna for her patience in handling these antique outfits and her continued support!
** House Tours** Meadow Croft will be open for House Tours from 2:00-4:00 every Saturday and Sunday during the months of June through October. Come and check us out! There is lots to see and learn.
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 631-472-2118
** 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.
**Autumn House Tour** ~ Although it is months away, we are looking for old, interesting and beautiful homes to showcase on the BHA's annual Autumn House Tour held in October each year. If you or anyone you know in Bayport or Blue Point would allow us to 'show off' your home or if you would like more information, please email us at BBPhistorical@gmail.com.
Did you know that...?
This story was reprinted from a 1995 Bayport Heritage Newsletter. It comes to us from Charlie Bogel, originally written by Irma Reilly. We hope you enjoy this walk down memory lane....
Did you know that in 1952 there were no women serving as school crossing guards? Martha Ellis (of Oakwood Ave. in Bayport, at the time) came to Charlie, who was then Judge Charles H.J. Bogel, then a Justice of the Peace, seeking to be a school crossing guard. He recommended that a woman should have the chance to serve and Martha became the first woman in the Town of Islip and then in Suffolk County Police Department to serve as a school crossing guard.
It should be noted that Martha Ellis received a special New York State Assembly resolution from Assemblyman Paul Harenberg (father of BHA director Dave Harenberg) as the first woman to join the Suffolk County Police Department. In 1997 she was honored for 23 years of service to Bayport as a school crossing guard.
Thank you to Charlie Bogel, Irma Reilly, Paul Harenberg and especially Martha Ellis!
Memorial Day Parade...
Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate and the rain cancelled the parade this year. The BHA donated a wreath in remembrance for all who served and paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. We hope you enjoyed your Memorial Day and took a moment to remember, honor and reflect.
to a conflict with scheduling, our general membership meeting date
needs to be changed to May 13th from 2:00-4:00 at the BBP library. It
will NOT be held on May 6th. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but we hope to see you on the 13th.
Our guest speaker will be Ray Reilley. Ray, a Bayport Fire Department
ex-chief, retired from the NYFD and Education Director of the Islip Town
Fire Fighters Museum, will give a presentation on the history of our
American Fire Services and a brief introduction to the Fire Fighters
Museum. We hope to see you all on May 13th. Thank you!
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the First Bloom Cocktail Party will be cancelled. Our apologies to all who were interested in attending. Those who sent a check for the party please know your check will be mailed back to you ASAP. If you have any questions, please email us at email@example.com. Again, our apologies.
Join us for our General Membership meeting on May 6th at 2:00 inthe BBP Library. Our guest speaker will be Ray Reilley. Ray, a Bayport Fire Department ex-chief, retired from the NYFD andEducation Director of the Islip Town Fire Fighters Museum, will give a presentation on the history of our American Fire Services and a brief introduction to the Fire Fighters Museum. The museums goalis to maintain as much of Islip Town’s Fire Service history as possible. The museum's mission is a commitment to the historical preservation of Fire Departments, Public Safety Education, and FireFighters Safety programs. Islip's 21 fire departments and 5 Ambulance corps have been working diligently collecting donated historical artifacts for the museums displays and exhibits for everyone’senjoyment and for the preservation of the fire services history. The “Islip Town Fighter Fighters” museum’shome is located at a site next to Duck’s stadium, in Central Islip. They look forward to apartnership with other Community, Organizations, Businesses, Friends and Government support, in order to help reach theirgoals and to share their proud heritage with Long Island families. Lookingforward to this event! First Bloom Cocktail Party
Join us at Meadow Croft on June 9th from 6:00-9:00 PM and enjoy a glassof wine or an iced cold beer as you listen to soft jazz and delight in the company of your friends and neighbors. This event willbe held outside and in the historic carriage house. Tables and chairs will be provided. Cheese platters and finger sandwiches will be served. The price is $30.00 per person and proceeds will benefit thecontinued efforts of preservation and restoring the Meadow Croft Estate.
If you are interested in attending, please send your check, with the names of those guests attending and a contact phone number to:
Bayport Heritage Association
P.O. Box 4
Bayport NY 11705
This event will occur rain or shine so please dress in comfortable clothing and note bug spray may be needed. We hope to see you there!
Oral History Project: Voices of Bayport and Blue Point
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 the BBP Library, shared by the one-timedirector, Anna Davis. Mrs. Davis began working at the library in 1959. As a significant institution in our communities, Mrs. Davis shares her memories of her time working there. We hope you enjoy it!
TheBHA 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 havesome 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 tovisitors. 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 631-475-2118
** Garden help **~ Meadow Croft's heirloom garden is in need of some hands to dig in thedirt. This garden is a replica of the original garden at the Meadow Croft estate dating back to the early1900's. If you can spare some timeand 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.
Abandoned Trunks; Clothing and Costumes from the Gold Coast Era Localhistorian Monica Randall has a wonderful display of Gold Coast 1920's dresses that will be on display at Meadow Croft on Saturdays and Sundaysfrom 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.
Duringthe 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 trunksfilled 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 God Coast ladies of high society who hosted elaboratemasquerade balls. Clothing items on displaywere worn by notable North Shore women such as the ladies of the Woolworth, Tiffany, Hutton, and Woodward families, as well as the Countess ofBismarck.
We hope you have the chance to come to Meadow Croft and view these beautiful historic gowns on display.
Every October the BHA organizes an Autumn House Tourof unique or historical homes found in our Bayport or Blue Point communities. If you have a home that might be featured or would like moreinformation, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. Memorial Day Parade
The Bayport Heritage Association will again march inthe Bayport Memorial Day Parade. If you would like to join us, the lineup begins on Connetquot Rd before 11:00 and the parade will march to theBayport 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. Bayport Heritage Book
The publication, Bayport Heritage,originally published in 1997, is still available. The Bayport Heritage Association's book from Arcadia Press sold out its original order of 2500 copies. If you didn't havea chance to purchase one and would like to get one now, email Bbphistorical@gmail.com.The cost is $20.00. This is a great resource and chock full of Bayport history. It makes a great gift forBayporters who have moved away. They are also for sale at Meadow Croft. Correction...
On Sunday and email went out in reference to the passing of Barney Loughlin. The BHA regrets that an error was obtained in our research stating that Barney was an editor of the Suffolk County News.He was a typesetter there. Thank you to Michael Jahn for the correct information. Our apologies for the mistake. Bayport Heritage Association
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It is with great sadness that the Bayport Heritage Association announces the passing of Barney Loughlin, owner of Loughlin Vineyards located on the historic Meadow Croft Estate. He passed away on Saturday, April 30th after a short stay in hospice. He was 91 years old.
Barney was the son of Irish immigrants who were the caretakers of the John Ellis Roosevelt Estate in Sayville. Barney was a World War II Veteran and a long time type-setter for the Suffolk County News, Fire Chief of the Sayville Fire Department, and creator of a fireman's magazine called Smokey. He was also an inventor who created equipment and tools for firemen.
Described as hardworking, funny and determined, Barney enjoyed talking to the many visitors who stopped by the cozy Loughlin tasting room. He and his family decided to plant the vineyard on their 6 acre plot in 1982 after being told by East End growers that he would not succeed in the Sayville area. He clearly proved them wrong.
As a growing Historical Association, Barney was essential in sharing stories, making suggestions, and providing artifacts to help us fulfill our mission. Barney was one of a kind, loved by all and will be missed. Our deepest condolences to his family.
The Bayport Heritage Associationcordially invites you to our First Bloom Cocktail party.
This event will be held in thehistoric carriage houseon the property of Meadow Croft.
First Bloom Cocktail Party
When: Friday, June 9th, 2017 6-9pm
Where: 299 Middle Road Sayville, NY
More information: Join us at Meadow Croft and enjoy a glass of wine or an iced cold beer as you listen to soft jazz and delight in the company of your friends and neighbors. This event will be held outside and in the historiccarriage house. Tables and chairs will be provided. Cheese platters and finger sandwiches will be served. The price is $30.00per person and proceeds will benefit the continued efforts of preservation and restoring the Meadow Croft Estate.
Please make checks payable to: Bayport Heritage Association. The cost is $30.00 pp. Also please put the names of those attending and a contact phone number on your check. The event will be capped at 200 guests. Please mail your payment to:
Bayport Heritage Association P O Box 4 Bayport NY 11705
This event will occur rain or shine. Please dress in comfortable clothes and bug spray may be needed.
Total cost: $42.00 per person, which includes $5.00 for tours, $35.00 plus 20% gratuity
Deadline Tuesday, April 25, at 4:00 pm,
Make a check payable to ASCHS and mail to:
ASCHS c/o The Gardiner Foundation148 E. Montauk Hwy, Suite 1,
Hampton Bays NY 11946 (631) 594-3990
9:00 Welcome – Terry Blitman, Executive Director
Long Island Maritime Museum- Main Building, 88 West Avenue ~
West Sayville, NY 11796 ~ (631) HISTORY
SMALL CRAFT BUILDING
More than 30 sail & powerboats are housed in what was once a W.W.1 US Navy seaplane hanger. On display are iconic catboats by Gil Smith, the one-design Narrasketuck by Wilbur Ketcham, the Herreshoff 12 1/2 and many others.
THE BAYMAN’S COTTAGE
This cottage is decorated inside and out with original architecture and furnishings making it totally realistic living quarters, just like the abundant cottages on Long Island used by baymen in the late 1800’s.
FRANK F. PENNEY BOAT SHOP
Originally constructed in Center Moriches, this is one of nine historic buildings on the grounds. You can visit all of them when you’re here.
William Rudolph Oyster House
The oysters of the east coast, known as the American or Eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginiaca, propagate natururally in select areas where the salinity, temperature, food supply and bottom are in favorable balance.Life Saving Exhibit on View
Bluestone Tavern- 21 Montauk Highway, West Sayville, NY 11796
(Occupancy Max 52) * 10 to 12 stairs to the dinning room at this location
Host Choice of One
House Salad: Mesclun Greens, Cherry Tomatoes and Cucumbers Tossed in Citrus Vinaigrette Classic Caesar Salad: Hearts of Romaine, Garlic Crostini, Shaved Parmesan Cheese, Classic Caesar Dressing
This month's General Membership meeting will be held on
Sunday, April 9, 2017
at the Bayport Blue Point library. The guest speakers for this meeting will be BHA members; Gene Horton and Jim Connell. The featured presentation for this meeting was developed in the 1990's as partof a New York State initiative to designate historic zones in towns and villages. The project stalled due to lack of State funding but Jim, Gene and other BHA membersproduced an excellent array of photos and written details about the old homes of Middle Road in Bayport. Come on down to the BBP Library and learn about the historichomes of your local neighbors and friends. Hope to see you there!
Bayport Heritage meetings are in the Community Room of the Bayport-Blue Point Library. Please note the time for each. Refreshments are always served.
Save the date! On March 12th, 2017 at 11:00, The Bayport-Blue Point Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring its annual St. Patrick's Day parade! Now in its 27th year, the Chamber Committee has selected Karl Auwaerter of Bayport Flower Houses as it's Grand Marshall for 2017!
All BHA members are encouraged to march in the parade to show their support of the Association and our community. If you would like to join us, please email Bbphistorical@gmail.com or call 631-472-4625 for more details.
The February general membership meeting will be held at the Bayport Blue Point Library
February 12th, 2017 starting at 2:00.
The presentation will be by Noel Gish local historian and author.
This talk is a light hearted look at the rich history that is Long Island. Through an examination of the men and women who have lived and worked here we get to see how this island fits into the fabric of our nation's history. From the island the Native Americans called "Paumanauk" to the island the English simply called "Long", the island people have left a past of which we can be very proud.
Long Island has signers of the Declaration of Independence, visits by Washington, Jefferson and Madison.
There are others who have passed through our towns and villages .
Marconi, Edison, Whitman, Wyandanch, Tachapusha, Jupiter Hammon, Harriet Quimby, Teddy Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Josiah Warren, Glenn Curtis, Nathan Hale , Goodie Garlick and Leroy Grumman are just few who have walked this island before us.
Join us for this informative and interesting presentation!
We would like to wish a Happy Healthy New Year to all of our members. It is with sincere gratitude we say 'Thank You' to our many volunteers who continue to keep the history of Meadow Croft and the important work of preservation alive in our community.
Christmas At Meadow Croft
On December 3rd and 4th hundreds of people and families came out to enjoy Christmas at Meadow Croft. Chairperson Leann Berg was so pleased with the turnout and the support from the many, many volunteers and our charitable vendors who donated items for our raffles. Meadow Croft was warm and inviting as sounds of the holidays drifted through the rooms courtesy of volunteers who played holiday classics on the Roosevelt piano. Old St. Nick was available for photos and hot chocolate and cookies tasted perfect!
Thank you again to our many volunteers and donors and we look forward to next year where the theme will be Silver and Gold!
General Membership Meeting
Sunday, January 8th 2017
Bayport Blue Point Public Library- 2:00pm
South Shore's Gilded Age, Presented by Chris Kretz
The South Shore's Gilded Age looks at the development of the Island's original Gold Coast, a stretch of great estates and private preserves clustered around Islip through the second half of the 19th century. Chris will highlight some of the colorful personalities and lost mansions of this period in history.
Chris Kretz is an academic librarian and local history podcaster who has been researching the south shore of Long Island since 2005. He is the co-author of Oakdale from Arcadia Publishing and sits on the board of the Long Island Radio and Television Historical Society as well as the Oakdale Historical Society.
Chris Kretz is co-host and producer of the Long Island History Project, a podcast that features interviews with historians, librarians, collectors and others interested in Long Island history. He is also the head of Stony Brook University's Southampton Library.
Nominations for BHA Board of Directors
The nominating committee is developing a slate of members for the 2017 board. There are several seats open; including Vice President and 2 directors. Any current BHA member may serve on the board. It requires only one meeting per month. If you would be willing to serve for the 2017 year, please contact John Amato at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The BHA is committed to placing other historic plaque in our community similar to the one located on Middle Road in front of John Ellis Roosevelt's Meadow Croft Estate.
Our next project is to place a historical marker at Bayport's first post office and train station, which is currently owned by the Ruddy brothers, houses their real estate business and is located on the north side of the tracks on the east side of Bayport Ave. This building is one which needs preserving and highlighting as one of our local treasures. William B. Arthur moved this building to its current location from Blue Point Ave. in 1869. He lived in the building and ran a general store, post office and was the first station agent.
The new plaque has arrived and BHA will hold a ceremony in the spring to celebrate placement of this historic marker. We have worked closely with the Town of Islip historian, George Muckenbeck, to ensure that all historic information is accurate. Stay tuned!
If you have an interest in Bayport History and would like to volunteer some time to provide a guided tour of Meadow Croft: WE NEED YOU! The association is in need of docents. It requires very little time, less than two hours a day, two days a month from June through October. You will shadow one of our current knowledgeable docents to learn the rich history of Meadow Croft before you will lead a tour on your own. If this sounds like something you may be interested in, please call Harriet Mihlstin at 631-472-2118.
Membership for 2017 is now due. The rates have not increased from last year:
Payment can be made by mailing a check to:
Bayport Heritage Association
P.O. Box 4
Bayport, NY 11705
Please include your name, address, phone number and email address. You can also pay in person at our next General Membership meeting to be held at the Bayport BluePoint Library on January 8th 2017 at 2:00.
The nominating committee is developing a slate of members for the 2017 board.
There are several seats open, including Vice President and 2 directors.
Any current BHA member may serve on the board.
It requires only one meeting per month.
If you would be willing to serve for the 2017 year, please contact
John Amato at email@example.com.
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
If you have an interest in Bayport History and would like to volunteer some time to provide a guided tour of Meadow Croft: WE NEED YOU!
The association is in need of docents. It requires very little time, less than two hours a day, two days a month from June through October. You will shadow one of our current knowledgeable docents to learn the rich history of Meadow Croft before you will lead a tour on your own.
If this sounds like something you may be interested in, please call
Harriet Mihlstin at 631-472-2118.
Our Future plans
House tour: Although we just completed our successful Autumn House Tour, we are planning ahead! We are always on the lookout for beautiful and historic homes in the Bayport or BluePoint area.
If you would like to be considered for this event for next October, please email us at BBPhistorical@gmail.com.
The beautiful gardens at Meadow Croft are asleep for the winter but we are looking for volunteers to plant and maintain them come spring. Use your "Green Thumb" skills for some community service. Email us at BBPhistorical@gmail.com.
Membership for 2017 is now due.
The rates have not increased from last year:
Payment can be made by mailing a check to:
Bayport Heritage Association
P.O. Box 4
Bayport, NY 11705
Please include your name, address, phone number and email address.
You can also pay in person at our next General Membership meeting to be held at the Bayport BluePoint Library on January 8th 2017 at 2:00.
We hope to see you there!
BHA is "Going Green"
The Bayport Heritage Association would like to send you all information from now on by email or by posting on our Facebook page. All newsletters and flyers from the BHA starting in January of 2017 will be emailed to you. A few hard copies will be placed in the BBP Library.
The benefits of utilizing available technology to decrease consumption of our world's raw materials as well as enhanced communication are only a couple of the important benefits that this will support. Of course, some mailings will still need to occur. If you know of someone who would like to be added to our email list please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information:
We wish you joy, peace and good health for the New Year!
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Mark Your Calendars for the Annual Christmas Event!
December 3rd and 4th, 2016
Christmas at Meadow Croft Join us for an old-fashioned Christmas at Meadow Croft! This year's theme is
A CandyCane Christmas.
Mark your calendars forDecember 3rd and 4th, 2016 from 12:00-4:00.
Magnificent Dutch, Victorian and Edwardian Christmas decorations, vintageclothing and a special visit from St. Nicholas! Special exhibits for 2016.
TheRoosevelt's grand piano will fill the home with music for the season.
Cost: $5.00 peradult, $3.00 for seniors and children up to age 12.
Christmas Committee Volunteers needed- If you can help out for this event or if you have a display that fits the theme and would like it to be displayed, please call our chairperson Leann Berg at 631-235-1702. Holiday decorations will be raffled off. Raffle tickets will be sent to all BHA members soon in the U.S. mail. Please mail the ticket stubs and donations to BHA P.O. Box 4, Bayport NY 11705. Thank you!
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! Update:
The Autumn House Tour
Thank you to all who attended our 29th Annual Autumn House Tour. It was a beautiful day and a successful event! Special thanks to our volunteers, including vendors who donated items, displayed antique cars and of course, our planning committee. Thank you to Country Junque, Bayport Flower Houses, and the Bayport Blue Point Library for selling tickets. A HUGE thanks to our hosts for the day; Andrew and Kate Hanley, Craig and Jen Scannevin, Paul and Barbara Wright, Gene Horton, Ed and Ginny Metzendorf and William and Lisa Kruger. If you would like to be considered for the house tour next year or would like to volunteer, please reach us at 631-472-4625 or email@example.com.