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. In June 2018, Blue Point joined the Association to include both communities.

Monday, October 7, 2019

October 2019 Newsletter


General Membership meeting: Sunday October 13, 2019

Farming Through The Ages
Sunday October 13, 2019

Please join us at our next general membership meeting as we welcome Roy Fedelem, president of the Sayville Historical Society and former Farmland Administrator for Suffolk County. This presentation will include the history of farming on Long Island, what crops were grown, and what changes have occurred over the years. Roy will also discuss Suffolk County as the leading agricultural county in New York State and the county's pioneering role in farmland preservation. As always, the meeting begins at 2:00 at the Bayport Blue Point Library. Hope to see you there!

Next meeting: November 10th 2019, Amazing Women and how They Got the Vote
* The Stow Wegenroth presentation will be re-scheduled for February 2020.*
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Autumn House Tour ~ CANCELLED

It is very unfortunate that we have to cancel this tour again but after months of knocking on doors, handing out flyers and asking friends and neighbors, we just do not have the homes to showcase for our Autumn House Tour. We thank those volunteers who hit the pavement in search of gracious BBP homeowners, but we came up short. When people do commit and then rescind their offer at the last minute, it makes the job even harder to secure homes. Maybe next year...


Historic Haunts of Long Island

Historic Haunts of Long Island
Special Presentation at Meadow Croft
October 23 at 7:00



Please join us for a special presentation on Wednesday, October 23 at Meadow Croft as we welcome Kerriann Flanagan Brosky and Joe Giaquinto for their presentation, Historic Haunts of Long Island.



Take a ghostly journey through Long Island’s history, from Native American legends to the Revolutionary War and beyond. Through extensive research, interviews and investigations, award winning author and historian Kerriann Flanagan Brosky, working alongside medium and paranormal investigator Joe Giaquinto, has uncovered Long Island’s eerie history. Kerriann and Joe’s credibility and unique approach to ghost investigating and the paranormal allow them to uncover mysteries and untold tales, like the ghosts that lurk the halls of Oheka Castle in Cold Spring Hills. Even popular businesses have otherworldly visitors, like Bayport’s own Grey Horse Tavern (soon to be JT’s Farmhouse) and the Cutchogue Village Green. Long Island’s history has been unearthed and preserved through the ghost stories and spirts who have made their presence known; those who have lived before us, and those who continue to guide us.



Earlier this year, Kerriann and Joe researched and investigated Meadow Croft and will present some of their initial paranormal findings. We are happy to announce that Meadow Croft will be included in their book to be published in 2021!



Registration is required and a $5.00 fee will be collected at the door. Please email bbphistorical@gmail.com or call 631-245-8457 to register. Seating is limited to 50.

 

Christmas At Meadow Croft


Mark your calendars now for our Annual Christmas at Meadow Croft! This year's event will be held on December 7 & 8, 2019. There will be special exhibits, electric trains, dolls, wood carvings, and of course St. Nicholas will be there. The Roosevelt piano will be filling the air with holiday music and the festive decorations and baskets will be raffled off. The theme this year will be; All Creatures Great and Small!

Our chairperson, Mrs. Leanne Berg is starting her planning now and needs volunteers. If you would like to volunteer some time, have unique items to display, or items to donate, please give Leanne a call. Her number is 631-235-1702.

On Saturday December 7th, you can come and take a private guided tour of Meadow Croft all aglow with Christmas! Refreshments will be served. This event is for adults only. Be sure to reserve your spot early, space is limited at 40 people. Price is $25 per person and it will run from 6-9:00. Register and purchase tickets online only at: www.bayportbluepointheritage.org Last year we sold out so register early!

Help wanted: If you can lend a hand with parking for this event (directing traffic), on either day, please contact John Amato by email. johnfamato@optonline.net



Trunk or Treat

Inviting all boys and ghouls!
On Saturday October 26th The BBPHA will host a Trunk or Treat! It will run from 12:00-2:00 for families and kids up to 12 years old. It will cost $7.00 per child and will include pumpkin decorating, a costume contest with prizes, apple cider and safe trick or treating at Meadow Croft. You can register online here. A fun family event! (weather permitting)



Blue Point Elementary celebrate 90 years!

originally published in The Patch

In honor of the anniversary, the school district has planned a commemorative community celebration on Friday, Oct. 25. The event will take place at the school on 212 Blue Point Avenue from 3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. During the school day, students, honored guests and local officials will officially commemorate the occasion with an in-school assembly program.

All residents, alumni and friends from near and far are invited to join in on the celebration after school which will feature a museum walk down memory lane, filled with some never-before-seen treasures from the school's rich history. In addition, to add to the collection of historical memorabilia with help of local historians, the district is looking for donations from community residents, alumni and friends to help increase the size of a walking museum that is planned for the event.

Anyone looking to donate old photos, news articles or anything specially connected to Blue Point Elementary School throughout the years is encouraged to contact Melissa Weinstein at 472-7860 ext. 8001.

Psychic Night at MC

On Tuesday October 22nd, we will host a Psychic Night! From 6-9pm at historic Meadow Croft. There will be three psychics and a Reiki/medium. The cost is $40 for a 15 minute reading or $55 for 30 minute reading. Refreshments will be served ( no alcohol for this event). Booking for a time slot will be on a first come first serve basis and you can register online here.
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Gene Horton

As mentioned in our previous months' newsletter, we lost a very special person associated with the BBPHA; Gene Horton. In lieu of flowers at his service, Gene requested donations be made to the BBPHA to purchase trees for planting at Meadow Croft. Many people have reached out already but if you wanted to donate please mail to: PO Box 4 Bayport NY 11705. Thank you!




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Last month for House Tours! Every Saturday and Sunday from 2-4.
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Sunday, September 1, 2019

September 2019 Newsletter

Remembering Gene Horton

It is with great sadness that the BBPHA shares the passing of Gene Horton. Gene was our historian, a teacher, author, world traveler, speaker, volunteer, and friend. He loved his community and tirelessly gave of himself as he lovingly shared his knowledge of Bayport and Blue Point with all he knew.

Gene was born in Brooklyn NY in 1942. He went on to graduate from Providence College and began sharing his love of history in his teaching career at the East Moriches School from 1964 through his retirement in 1997. Gene authored 6 historical books and was a frequent contributor to the local paper, the Bayport Blue Point Gazette. He was a member of many historical societies, an honorary member of the Blue Point Fire Department, and the Local History Room at the Bayport Blue Point Library was named in his honor.

Gene's contributions to the BBPHA are endless. He has chaired events, donated items, was a featured speaker, was a docent at Meadow Croft, put his house on the Autumn House tour, and so much more. His love of history was infectious and his commitment to preserve the history of the towns he loved was admirable.

One of Gene's favorite quotes was: To preserve our past is to enrich our future. Gene has enriched the lives and hearts of many. He was a true gentleman and will be missed.

The service information can be found by clicking here.
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September's General Membership meeting - CANCELLED

The first general membership meeting that was to be held on September 8th will be cancelled as it is in conflict with the services for Gene Horton. The presentation on Stow Wengenroth will be rescheduled for our general membership meeting in February.

Upcoming meeting dates:
October 13: Farming through the Ages
November 10: Amazing Women and How They Got the Vote


Historic Moonlit Cruise

Our postponed Historic Moonlit Cruise was supposed to happen on August 28th, but unfortunately Mother Nature had other plans for that evening. It certainly was disappointing for those of us who have toured the Great South Bay before and learned so much about our local nautical history. It was also disappointing for those who have not had the chance to attend. Full refunds should have been granted through PaPal or other means. Please reach out if you have questions or concerns. Fingers crossed that next year the weather will cooperate! Are you listening Mother Nature??!!

Summer Concerts

This summer the BBPHA held 2 FREE concerts at the Bayport Memorial Park. Our communities came out to enjoy an evening of delightful music and a fun family gathering. On August 22nd, we had the Lazy Bunny Ukulele Band. It was a great crowd and a fun night! Special thanks to BBPHA member Dave Harenberg for arranging this FREE concert for our communities!

Odds and ends...

Meadow Croft House Tours: Historic tours of the Roosevelt Estate are happening every weekend from now through October. The times are 2:00-4:00 on Saturday and Sunday. See how life was in the early 1900's as you experience a guided tour with a trained docent. Always something new to see and learn!

Sayville Yacht Club display: A wonderful display of memorabilia from the Sayville Yacht Club is currently on display. Did you know John Ellis Roosevelt was the first commodore? Come on down to MC and check it out!
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Christmas at Meadow Croft

Mark your calendars now for our Annual Christmas at Meadow Croft! This year's event will be held on December 7th and 8th, 2019. The theme this year will be; All creatures great and small!

Our chairperson, Mrs. Leanne Berg is starting her planning now and needs volunteers. If you would like to volunteer some time, have unique items to display, or items to donate, please give Leanne a call. Her number is 631-235-1702.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

August 2019 Newsletter

General Membership meetings...plan ahead! 
 
Our general membership meetings for the year will begin in September. Please mark your calendar for the first few meetings. As always, meetings will begin at 2 pm at the Bayport Blue Point Library. Remember, due to our Christmas open house at Meadow Croft, there are no meetings in December and January. Future dates will be added as they are confirmed. See you soon!

September 8: The story of former Bayport resident and renowned lithographer Stow Wegenroth.
October 13: Farming through the Ages
November 10: Amazing Women and How They Got the Vote

Historic Boat Tour ...... SOLD OUT!!!

Thank you to the many, many people who purchased tickets to the Historic Boat tour! This is going to be an epic event and it is SOLD OUT!

The Great South Bay is not only a beautiful part of our communities summer fun but it has significant and historic homes located on the bay as well as a tremendous history to share! The cruise will leave on August 7th from the Fire Island ferry terminal at 6:00 PM and head out to the bay. You must be on the ferry by 5:45 to check in.

The cruise will begin from the Sayville Ferry dock on Brown's River. We will cruise out to the bay as John Amato and Frank Geibfried team up to highlight the historic sites along the shore in Bayport, Blue Point and the communities on Fire Island. The boat will then head up the Connetquot River and make a stop at the Snapper Inn for cocktails. We will head back to Brown's River under a beautiful moon and dock at 9:30. Cocktails at the Snapper are on your own. You are allowed to bring some snacks in a cooler on the ferry (no alcohol). Cruisers will park at the Sayville Ferry freight parking lot free of charge.

In the event of rain, this trip will be cancelled and refunds will be issued.

FREE Summer Concert: lazy Bunny Ukulele Band

On August 22nd the BBPHA will again host a FREE concert for our friends and neighbors! The feature act is the Lazy Bunny Ukulele Band. This will be held at Bayport Memorial Park. Bring a lawn chair, some beverages and snacks, and some bug spray as you sit back and toe tap to the melodic sounds of this fun band. It starts at 6:00 so don't be late! All ages invited to attend. Did we mention it was FREE! Hope to see you there.

Dunphy foundation visits Meadow Croft

On July 26th, BBPHA executive board member Frank Geibfried and President Mary Bailey met with board representatives of the “John C. Dunphy Private Foundation” for an estate tour of Meadow Croft. In accordance with its founders’ wishes, the foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the people and service organizations within our local communities – and wherever the spirit may lead. The BBPHA has applied for and received grant money from this worth and generous organization in the past, and we hope to again in the future! A good time was had by all. Thank you!
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Odds and ends...

A few reminders:

Meadow Croft House Tours: Historic tours of the Roosevelt Estate are happening every weekend from now through October. The times are 2:00-4:00 on Saturday and Sunday. See how life was in the early 1900's as you experience a guided tour with a trained docent. Always something new to see and learn!

Sayville Yacht Club display: A wonderful display of memorabilia from the Sayville Yacht Club is currently on display. Did you know John Ellis Roosevelt was the first commodore? Come on down to MC and check it out!

Autumn House Tour: Our annual house tour is scheduled for this October and while we have a few homes to showcase we still need a few more. If you have a historic home or one that is unique, or architecturally different, please reach out to the email below. We would love to showcase your home! One of our biggest fundraisers!

Thanks to the Flat Leavers: On July 25th, the BBPHA provided our first FREE summer concert featuring the Flat Leavers. It was a beautiful night, great music and a good time was had by all. Thanks to BBPHA member Dave Harenberg who organizes our summer concerts.

Membership: As a gentle reminder; your membership is now due. Your support allows the BBPHA to continue to preserve and celebrate the heritage of our great communities. Please consider joining today! Annual family fee is $25.00. Seniors are $10.00. Corporate Accounts are $100.00 and we accept any monetary donations you care to provide. They can be sent to PO Box 4 Bayport NY 11705 or a new PayPal feature on our new website! Information is found below. Thank you to all of our long time members and many, many new friends who have joined! Your support goes a long way! Thank you!
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Sayville Yacht Club visits Meadow Croft

Recently, members of the Sayville Yacht Club came to visit Meadow Croft. On display in our library is a historical look at the Yacht Club including artifacts, pictures, trophy's and more! The members were impressed and enjoyed their time at Meadow Croft!

Eagle Scout Project At MC

Over one weekend in July, Harry McAward of Troop 130 out of BBP, completed his Eagle Scout project at Meadow Croft. The trellis was build to cover the A/C units behind the house. Harry and his Troop worked tirelessly in the heat to give MC a needed update. It came out beautiful! Thank you Harry and Troop 130 for your efforts!

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Boat Cruise, August 7, 2019

Back by popular demand!
Join us on this historic boat tour leaving from the Sayville Ferry Dock. 
August 7, 2019 at 6pm. 

 We will cruise out to the bay as John Amato and Frank Geibfried, board members of the BBPHA will team up to highlight the historic sites along the shore in Bayport and Blue Point. 
The boat will then head up the Connetquot River and make a stop at the Snapper Inn for cocktails. We will head back to Brown's River under a beautiful full moon and dock back in Sayville at 9:30.

Tickets are $30 per person which includes the cruise only. 


Cocktails at the Snapper Inn on your own. 
You are allowed to bring some snacks in a cooler on the ferry (no alcohol). 
Cruisers will park at the Sayville Ferry freight parking lot free of charge. 

In the event of rain, this event will be cancelled and you will be refunded your money. 

  A PayPal account is not needed to purchase tickets online, credit cards are accepted. 
Your name will be on a master list which we will check at the ferry terminal upon boarding.

Monday, July 1, 2019

July 219 Newsletter


Summer Solstice Walking Tour

After a year off, residents were once again able to mark the beginning of the summer season with a stroll through historic Blue Point, sponsored by the Bayport-Blue Point Public Library. This year’s tour was held on June 21st, 2019 and led by Frank Giebfried of BBPHA, with help and guidance from our local historian Gene Horton.

The tour began at Blue Point Avenue Dock, and along the way many beautiful homes were visited, as well as the sites of the great summer boarding houses from last century. Some of the historic spots included Avery’s Five Mile Look Hotel, Grandview Gardens Private Beach, the Monterey Hotel, the South Bay House, and the Megill estate. We also visited the homes of Ballington Booth, jazz clarinetist Johnny Mince, and Nobel Prize recipient Raymond Davis Jr.
Thanks to Brittney Parrot for allowing us to walk the property of the Megill estate, and also to Jason Borowski for allowing us access to Grandview Gardens Private Beach. We also appreciate Wendy Bennett from the library for her help in organizing the tour, and for arranging access to the grounds of the future library.

Finally, special thanks to Gene Horton for developing these tours and starting this wonderful tradition. We hope he’ll be back next year. See you all then!

Upcoming events....

Mark your calendars! Some fun family events are happening during the summer!

Summer Concerts: The BBPHA will once again provide two spectacular summer concerts FREE for our communities to enjoy. The first concert is scheduled on July 25th from 6-8 at Bayport Memorial Park. This concert will feature The Flat Leavers! The second concert will be on August 22nd and returning will be The Lazy Bunny Ukulele Band. Mark your calendars! Always a fun time for the whole family! Did we mention they were FREE?!

Historic Boat Tour: The Great South Bay is not only a beautiful part of our communities summer fun but it has significant and historic homes located on the bay as well as a tremendous history to share! Join us for a historic boat tour leaving from Sayville's Ferry dock. This tour will be scheduled for August 7th.

We will cruise out to the bay as John Amato and Frank Geibfreid, board members of the BBPHA will team up to highlight the historic sites along the shore in Bayport and Blue Point. The boat will then head up the Connetquot River and make a stop at the Snapper Inn for cocktails. We will head back to Brown's River under a beautiful full moon and dock back in Sayville at 9:30. Tickets are $30 per person which includes the cruise only. Cocktails at the Snapper are on your own. You are allowed to bring some snacks in a cooler on the ferry (no alcohol). Cruisers will park at the Sayville Ferry freight parking lot free of charge. In the event of rain, this event will be cancelled and you will be refunded your money.

A PayPal account is not needed to purchase tickets online, credit cards are accepted. Your name will be on a master list which we will check at the ferry terminal upon boarding. To check out our webpage and get more information, click here.

Autum House Tour

Each October, the BBPHA hosts a historical house tour of homes right in our community. This is our biggest fundraiser which allows us to complete updates, repairs and displays to Meadow Croft and offer free programs like the summer concerts for our friends in the BBP community. While 3 months away, this venture takes a tremendous amount of planning and preparation and WE NEED YOU! If you would like to help or volunteer or have a historic, interesting or architectural significant home that we could showcase, please contact us. Contact info found below.

Kite Day

On Sunday June 23rd, BBPHA held it's first informal event of the summer season, Kite Day. It was a beautiful day and we thank everyone who came out to enjoy the gorgeous weather and fly a kite. Kids of all ages had a fun time!

Don't forget: Tours of the Meadow Croft estate are happening every weekend from June through October from 2:00-4:00. Hope you can come down to check out all of the renovations and new exhibits this year. See you there!

Congratulations! Scholarship winner!

Every year the BBPHA proudly awards a $1000.00 Scholarship to a graduating senior who is pursuing a career in History. This year's recipient is William Dungate! We wish William all the best as he heads off to college in the Fall.

Donation

Thank you to Jan North who recently donated a cheese dish to the BBPHA. This was her Mother-In-Law's and now will proudly hold a special place in the dining room at Meadow Croft. Thank you for your generous donation Jan!
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Academy Street Visits Meadow Croft

On a beautiful spring day under sunny skies, about 75 students and their teachers from Academy Street Elementary School in the BBP School district walked to Meadow Croft. They were met by trained docents who divided up the group and shared the rich history of John Ellis Roosevelt's summer home. Students loved the tour and marveled that President Teddy Roosevelt visited his cousin and the property on horseback all the way from Oyster Bay. They had lots of questions and returned to Academy Street with a new found respect for a piece of local history, found right in our own backyard. Thanks for visiting kids!
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A special THANK YOU!

A special shout out to our friends and neighbors the Sayville Fire Department! On June 30th a quick moving, terrible squall developed over parts of Suffolk County. The weather rapidly turned for the worse as large, dark clouds moved in. The wind vigorously picked up and hail followed by rain began to fall as strong winds blew through our area.

A tour group was visiting Meadow Croft and while they had shelter from the storm many trees toppled down and one blocked the entrance/exit to the property. A call was made to the Fire Department and they quickly came with their equipment to help with this problem. The good news is no one was hurt and in a short time, the entrance was once again open.

Thank you again to our heroes; The Sayville Fire Department!

Saturday, June 1, 2019

June 2019 Newsletter

Welcome to the summer season!
What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade. ~Gertrude Jekyll

Welcome to summer! Briny breezes, longer days, flowers blooming, birds singing and sun shining! All vivid images of a great season ahead. At the BBPHA, we are excited to begin what we consider our most exciting time of year as well.

Summer Tours: Today starts the Estate Tours! They are given every weekend starting in June and running through October. Trained docents will be showing the Meadow Croft estate on Saturdays and Sundays from 2:00-4:00. There have been many updates and changes in recent months as the BBPHA volunteers work tirelessly to make Meadow Croft even better!
We hope you and your family have the chance to come and visit and learn a little about the local history and home of John Ellis Roosevelt.
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Sayville Yacht Club Display

A new display for this upcoming season will feature a wonderful collection of photographs and artifacts from the Sayville Yacht Club. Did you know John Ellis Roosevelt was the first Commodore? Thanks to Jen Economos, one of our board members, for putting this informative display together. We invite you to come to Meadow Croft and learn more about this community organization.

Memorial Day Parade

It was a beautiful day for a parade and for honoring all those who served and sacrificed for our freedoms. Special thanks go to these members of the BBPHA for attending. This is the 72nd year that the Bayport Fire Department has presided over the parade. There were wonderful musical ensembles, including the BBP HS band and Bob Draffin from the Bayport Civic Association was the Master of Ceremonies for the Day.
Bayport and Blue Point has had community members pay the ultimate sacrifice since the Civil War and we will never forget their devotion and service. May we remain worthy of all they have given us.
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Mark your calendars!

Kite Day: A fun family day! June 23rd at 1:00. Bring your kite and a picnic lunch and enjoy! Fly your kite on the front lawn at Meadow Croft. Kids of all ages invited to attend. BYOK (bring your own kite) Hope to see you there! This event will be cancelled in the event of rain.

Summer Concerts: The BBPHA will once again provide two spectacular summer concerts FREE for our communities to enjoy. The first concert is scheduled on July 25th from 6-8 at Bayport Memorial Park. This concert will feature The Flat Leavers! The second concert will be on August 22nd and returning will be The Lazy Bunny Ukulele Band. Mark your calendars! Always a fun time for the whole family!

Historic Boat Tour: The Great South Bay is not only a beautiful part of our communities' summer fun but it has significant historic homes located on the bay as well as a tremendous history to share! Join us for a historic boat tour leaving from Sayville's Ferry dock. This tour will be scheduled for August 7th. More information on pricing and details for this evening to follow.

Autumn House Tour: Each October, the BBPHA hosts a historical house tour of homes right in our community. This is our biggest fundraiser which allows us to complete updates, repairs and displays to Meadow Croft and offer free programs like the summer concerts for our friends in the BBP community. While 4 months away, this venture takes a tremendous amount of planning and preparation and WE NEED YOU! If you would like to help or volunteer or have a historic, interesting or architectural significant home that we could showcase, please contact us.

Help wanted!

The BBPHA 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. Email us if you are interested, BBPhistorical@gmail.com.

**Autumn House Tour** ~ Although it is months away, we are looking for old, interesting and beautiful homes to showcase on the BBPHA'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.

Special Thank you....

A special Thank You to Wendy Bennett from the Bayport Blue Point Library for helping us digitize all of the BBPHA's photographs. They will now be preserved forever! It's so wonderful to enjoy our community partnership! Thank you!
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Membership now due...

It's that time of year! The BBPHA is now requesting your membership dues. If you would like to pay for this year, please mail payment to Bayport Blue Point Heritage Association PO Box 4 Bayport NY 11705. Please include your name, address and email on all correspondence. Make checks payable to Bayport Blue Point Heritage Association. You can also make payment directly from our webpage which can be found here . Any questions can be directed to bbphistorical@gmail.com. Thank you to all of our generous members! New members welcome!

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