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.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Updates: February 2019

General Membership meeting

Please join us for our February General Membership meeting on 2/10/19 at 2:00 at the BBP Library.
Long Island and the Civil War


Although no battles were fought on Long Island, the Civil War deeply affected all of its residents. More than three thousand men answered the call to preserve the Union. Local women raised thousands of dollars for Union hospitals, and Long Island companies manufactured uniforms, drums, and medicines. Please join the Bayport Blue Point Heritage Association as we welcome local author Bill Bleyer for a presentation on this fascinating story, from the polarizing 1860 presidential campaign to the wartime experiences of Long Islanders on the battlefield and at home. A book signing will follow. All are welcome to attend.

ASCHS Quartely meeting All are invited to attend!

Watermill, NY ITINERARY L.I.H.S. QUARTERLY MEETING Saturday, March 16, 2019

RSVP by Saturday, March 9, 2019 (How do I do that?) Write: a $45 check made out to the L.I.H.S. Include: meal choice Nos. 1, 2 or 3 in the memo of the check. Mail to: L.I.H.S., c/o Suffolk County Historical Society 300 W. Main St., Riverhead, NY 11901

STOP ONE: Watermill Center, 39 Watermill Towd Road, Water Mill, NY 11976 (631 726- 4628)

9:00 – 9:15 am: Registration and light refreshments (Watermill Center) 9:20 am : Welcome Elka Rifkin, Director of the Watermill Center 9:30 am – 10:45am Tour Begins

The Watermill Center: Searching for a new artistic base and incubator for his work, theater director Robert Wilson found a former Western Union research facility in 1986. Abandoned since the 1960s, the building, on the outpost of the Shinnecock Reservation in Water Mill, NY, was in terrible condition, but it had the potential he had been looking for. The building also had a storied history as it was the site where the stylus for the first fax machine had been developed.

STOP TWO: Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, NY 11976 (631-283-2118)

11:30 – 12:45 Tour

Early Years: The Art Museum at Southampton Samuel Longstreth Parrish (1849-1932) was born into a family of prominent Philadelphia Quakers and educated at Harvard College, where he first developed his taste for the Italian Renaissance. Parrish began collecting art seriously in the early 1880s, shortly after moving his successful law practice from Philadelphia to New York. During these same years, he regularly visited his family home in Southampton. The village, then as now a popular summer resort, quickly caught his interest and before long he became actively involved in its affairs.

LUNCH: Parrish Art Museum, $45 please choose one entrée

1:00pm Lunch includes mixed green salad & desert platter

Pick one 1. Garden Vegetable Lasagna Our garden vegetable lasagna is full of delicately sautéed zucchini, yellow squash, mushrooms, fresh spinach, garlic and fresh basil. 2. BBQ Chicken Breast Made with House-Made BBQ Sauce French-cut chicken breast grilled and tossed in our famous, housed-made barbeque sauce, then slow roasted until fall-of-the-bone delicious. 3. Roasted Canadian Salmon with Fresh Herbs, Lemon, Wine & Olive Oil Heart-healthy, Canadian farm-raised, whole salmon filet perfectly roasted and topped with a light, summery lemon, wine and fresh herb sauce.

With sympathy....

It is with sympathy and great sadness that we mourn the passing of Barbara Sherman. She was diagnosed in September with Pancreatic Cancer. Barbara was a long time docent at Meadow Croft and was always willing to help out whenever we might need her. The BBPHA sends Barbara's family our love and condolences during this difficult time. She will be missed.
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Saturday, February 2, 2019

February 2019 Newsletter

General Membership Meeting

Please join us for our 
February General Membership Meeting 
on February 10th, 2019 at 2:00pm
at the Bayport Blue Point Library.


Long Island and the Civil War

Although no battles were fought on Long Island, the Civil War deeply affected all of its residents. More than three thousand men answered the call to preserve the Union. Local women raised thousands of dollars for Union hospitals, and Long Island companies manufactured uniforms, drums, and medicines. Please join the Bayport Blue Point Heritage Association as we welcome local author Bill Bleyer for a presentation on this fascinating story, from the polarizing 1860 presidential campaign to the wartime experiences of Long Islanders on the battlefield and at home. A book signing will follow. All are welcome to attend.
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St Patrick's Day Parade....

Congratulations to Lenore Ringer-Prezioso! The Grand Marshall of the BBP 2019 St Patrick's Day Parade! This is the 29th year this parade has been enjoyed by our community. The parade will be on March 10th starting at 11:00. We hope you can join us. If you'd like to march, please let us know! The BBPHA will be lining up on Snedecore Ave at 10:30. A proud tradition for our communities.
Congratulations Lenore!

Autumn House Tour

It's never too early to start planning! We are looking for volunteers to showcase your beautiful home located in either Bayport or Blue Point. Homes should be of historical significance, have unique architecture, or have some connection to our local histories. The BBPHA does all the work!
We also would like to have additional volunteers help us run this event. This includes securing homes, volunteers to be house guides, and help with advertising. If you'd like to help in any way, please contact us at 631-472-4625.

Researching your home...

The BBPHA has a large archive of historical information on most of the residences in Bayport and Blue Point. These archives, which include photos, deeds, news clippings and handwritten notes from previous owners, was compiled by many of the early members of the BBPHA. Their hard work and persistence is so appreciated by the current BBPHA board and members. We would like to offer the chance for BBPHA 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 try 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 BBPHA. His email address is johnfamato@optonline.net.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Newsletter: January 2019

~ January 2019 Newsletter ~

Happy New Year!

All of us at the Bayport Blue Point 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 hamlets. Of course we could not do any of this without the support of our community; both families, friends and local businesses. 
We thank you for a wonderful year and look forward to 2019!
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Christmas at Meadow Croft

The 12 Days of Christmas!
By Vice President; Leanne Berg

This year was a huge hit! The new additions of the Saturday night event and having the Carriage house open as St Nick's work shop added to the enormous success of the weekend!
I would like to thank The Sayville Garden Club, The Bayport Homemakers, Neighbors and Gardeners of Bayport Blue Point, Clia Finn Designs and the Bayport Flower Houses for their hard work in decorating some of the rooms. They looked beautiful and everyone enjoyed them!
This event takes so much work to put together and I cannot thank everyone enough for all their help and dedication.
A special thanks to Joe and Ginny Novak, Anna Dugan, Thomas Maher Jr, Steve Birkland, Emilie Berg and Ava Shuren, Harrison Berg, Allie Lynn, all the wonderful musicians and pianists and all our wonderful docents!
Most of all, thank you to the Heritage Board. Your help and support made this weekend not only the huge success it was but fun to work on. We make an amazing team!
Here’s to a wonderful 2018, onto Christmas at Meadow Croft 2019: All Creatures Great and Small.

Odds and Ends...


Docents: If you have an interest in Bayport or Blue Point 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.


General Membership Meeting: Our next general membership meeting will be on February 10th 2019 at the BBP library from 2:00-4:00. It will feature speaker and author Bill Bleyer speaking on how Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties were involved in the Civil War. Although no battles were fought on Long Island, the Civil War deeply affected all of it's residents. More than 3000 men answered the call to preserve the Union and local women raised thousand of dollars for Union hospitals, and Long Island manufactured uniforms, drums, and medicines. Bill will also have his book available for purchase and signing. Save the date!

Nominations for the BHA Board of Directors:
The nominating committee is developing a slate of members for the 2019 board. There are several seats open; including directors. Any current BBPHA member may serve on the board. It requires only one meeting per month. If you would be willing to serve for the 2019 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.

Updates at Meadow Croft

Recently the BBPHA have started some much needed renovations at the historic Meadow Croft estate. We have decided to update some of the old, faded and peeling wallpaper and repair some of the cracks and crumbling plaster work in the house. Careful consideration was given to the design and color of the updated wallpaper to match the original style and theme of the home. The BBPHA thanks the many people who support our events and become members so it allows us to continue the important work of maintaining and preserving the rich history of Bayport and Blue Point.

Long Island Bottle Association

On Sunday January 27th, the Long Island Antique Bottle Association will hold a show and sale at the GSSC Juliette Low Friendship Center on Lakeview Avenue in Bayport. Manufacture and bottling of beverages was one of the earliest industries on Long Island. There will be displays, door prizes and all kinds of bottles and stoneware for viewing and sale. Free bottle appraisals too. If you are looking for a fun activity, come on out to the show. It runs from 9:00-2:00 and there is a suggested donation of $3.00 to enter. More info: libottle@optonline.net
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New Library on the Way

The residents of Bayport and Blue Point made a strong showing for the library vote in November. A true testament to the commitment to the community. The majority of the voters logged "approve" votes and the plan has begun to purchase the Ursaline Center and convert it to the new Bayport-Blue Point Library. The firm of BBS in Patchogue presented the proposed drawing of the inside areas which looks to provide more than ample space for a full service library much like the new Sayville Library, which was moved to Greene Avenue and rebuilt years ago. The BBP Heritage Association has had a great relationship with the library. The library staff has provided meeting space each month at which we provide the community with educational presentations related to local history. We consider ourselves not just friends of the library but close partners in providing services to our communities. The BBP Heritage Association has been under a charter from the NYS Education Department as a historical entity charged with providing it's members and community with education about local history. This has been the mission since our inception in 1986. The dedicated "Gene Horton" local history room is proof of the library's commitment to local history and Gene's love for both history and the Bayport and Blue Point.
The new larger facility will provide opportunities to better provide the community with education about our great towns and their significance in the larger County of Suffolk. The Association will certainly continue it's fine relationship with the library and look to expand our presence in the new, larger space. Stay tuned.

Bayport Civic Association

Recently, our President Mary Bailey, had the great honor of speaking to the Bayport Civic Association about the history of the Bayport Blue Point Heritage Association and the story of Meadow Croft. These are two wonderful organizations who want to preserve and enhance our communities. She thanks Bob Draffin for the opportunity.
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Saturday, December 1, 2018

December 2018 Newsletter

Christmas at Meadow Croft

Happy Holidays!

Today and tomorrow we will celebrate Christmas at Meadow Croft. From 12:00-4:00 Meadow Croft will be open for all to enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays. Come see the John Ellis Roosevelt mansion all decked out for Christmas! The Carriage House will also be open with Ole' St. Nick and a vintage train display. Raffles will be sold as holiday music will be played on the Roosevelt piano in the ladies parlor. Hot cocoa and cookies will also be available!

Special thanks to our chairperson for organizing this event; Leanne Berg!

Nominations for the BBPHA Board

The nominating committee is developing a slate of members for the 2019 board. There are several seats open; including directors. Any current paid BBPHA member may serve on the board. It requires only one meeting per month. If you would be willing to serve for the 2019 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.

Did you know????

In the 1940's Bayport had one of our very own become a famous movie star and tv actor; Troy Donahue! Troy was an actor starring in Hollywood movies but his roots were in Bayport. He was born in 1936 to Merle and Edith Johnson and his real name was Merle Johnson jr. Troy and his family grew up on Middle Road before he went off to Hollywood and became a heart-throb among teenage girls everywhere. Troy had a successful career, was married 3 times and had 2 children. He struggled with drugs and alcohol and he died of a heart attack in 2001.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Meeting: November 25th, 2018- 2pm

BBP Heritage Association

~ Reminder! ~

General Membership meeting

We hope everyone enjoyed a festive Thanksgiving with family and friends. We have much to be thankful for this year. Please join us at our next general membership meeting at the Bayport-Blue Point Library on this Sunday, November 25th at 2 o’clock.



The Doxsee Legacy: Growing Up in a Fishing and Clamming Family



Long Island’s waters once provided clams to over 60 percent of the country. The Doxsee Sea Clam Company, founded shortly after the Civil War by Islip resident James Harvey Doxsee, was at the forefront for nearly 150 years. Please join the Bayport-Blue Point Heritage Association in welcoming Bob Doxsee, Jr., who will chronicle the Doxsee family’s contributions to the region’s farming, fishing, and clamming industries. All are welcome to attend.



Save the Dates!

Our meeting dates for 2019 are 2/10, 3/3, 4/14, and 5/19. All meetings will be held at the Bayport-Blue Point Library and begin at 2 pm. Information about the presentations will be included in the monthly newsletters. Hope to see you there!
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Christmas at Meadow Croft

Once again, the BBPHA will be putting on a Holiday extravaganza as we celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas!

Mark your calendars for December 1st & December 2nd, 12:00-4:00 on both days.

Meadow Croft will be beautifully decorated by generous donations from local organizations and businesses, and our very own elves. You can listen to Christmas music being played on the original Roosevelt family piano as you tour the rooms all decked out for the holilday. Many of the decorations and festive baskets will be raffled off at the end of the event so don't forget to but your raffle tickets! Winner need not be present.

This year the carriage house will be transformed into St Nick's workshop and will feature jolly old St Nick himself along with his sleigh. There will be hot cocoa and cookies too. Pictures with St Nick will be available and a wonderful train set-up will be on display with other surprises as well! Be sure to visit the main house first to receive your pass to St Nick's workshop!

Also new this year will be a special night time Christmas tour of Meadow Croft!
Tickets will be sold separately and are for adults only. You are invited to join us on Saturday night December 1st, from 7:00-9:00, where we will serve wine and cheese and you will have a private guided tour of Meadow Croft. See this beautiful home all aglow and ready for Christmas and learn it's history and the details of John Ellis Roosevelt and his family that lived here during the turn of the century. Tickets will be $20 per person and a limited number of tickets will be available. We are almost sold out! Makes a great early Holiday gift!

Additional information please call Leanne Berg at 631-235-1702.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Special Event, Dec. 1st 2018

Christmas At Meadow Croft

~ The 12 Days of Christmas ~

Special Event!

A Christmas Evening at Meadow Croft!

On Saturday December 1st, from 7:00pm-9:00 pm

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 $20 per person. Register and purchase tickets online only at: www.bayportbluepointheritage.org

Any questions? Reach out to our chairperson Leanne Berg at 631-235-1702.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

November 2018 Newsletter


~ November 2018 Newsletter ~

General Membership meeting

Join us at our next general membership meeting at the Bayport-Blue Point Library on Sunday, November 25th at 2 o’clock. Please note this meeting is later in the month due to the library's closure for Veterans Day.


The Doxsee Legacy: Growing Up in a Fishing and Clamming Family


Long Island’s waters once provided clams to over 60 percent of the country. The Doxsee Sea Clam Company, founded shortly after the Civil War by Islip resident James Harvey Doxsee, was at the forefront for nearly 150 years. Please join the Bayport-Blue Point Heritage Association in welcoming Bob Doxsee, Jr., who will chronicle the Doxsee family’s contributions to the region’s farming, fishing, and clamming industries. All are welcome to attend.



Save the Dates!

Our meeting dates for 2019 are 2/10, 3/3, 4/14, and 5/19. All meetings will be held at the Bayport-Blue Point Library and begin at 2 pm. Information about the presentations will be included in next month's newsletter. Hope to see you there!



Please note the correction to our May meeting date. The meeting will be on Sunday, May 19, not May 15 as stated in last month's newsletter. Sorry for any confusion.


Troop 329 helps at Meadow Croft

The BBPHA had the privilege of working with some awesome Boy Scouts this past weekend. One of the boys from Troop 329 needed volunteer hours while working on his “Life Scout” badge (the step before Eagle Scout). About eight boys from this troop helped out by cleaning and organizing the Carriage House and Auto Barn at Meadow Croft. The boys are always willing and ready to help out and volunteer their time. We appreciate the dedication and hard work for this endeavor. Thank you boys!

Christmas at Meadow Croft

Once again, the BBPHA will be putting on a Holiday extravaganza as we celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas!

Mark your calendars for December 1st & December 2nd, 12:00-4:00 on both days.

Meadow Croft will be beautifully decorated by generous donations from local organizations and businesses, and our very own elves. You can listen to Christmas music being played on the original Roosevelt family piano as you tour the rooms all decked out for the holilday. Many of the decorations and festive baskets will be raffled off at the end of the event so don't forget to but your raffle tickets! Winner need not be present.

This year the carriage house will be transformed into St Nick's workshop and will feature jolly old St Nick himself along with his sleigh. There will be hot cocoa and cookies too. Pictures with St Nick will be available for purchase and a wonderful train set-up will be on display with other surprises as well! Be sure to visit the main house first to receive you pass to St Nick's workshop!

Also new this year will be a special night time Christmas tour of Meadow Croft!
Tickets will be sold separately and are for adults only. You are invited to join us on Saturday night December 1st, from 7:00-9:00, where we will serve wine and cheese and you will have a private guided tour of Meadow Croft. See this beautiful home all aglow and ready for Christmas and learn it's history and the details of John Ellis Roosevelt and his family that lived here during the turn of the century. Tickets will be $20 per person and a limited number of tickets will be available.

Volunteers are still needed and if you have something to donate or period decorations to share, please call Leanne Berg at 631-235-1702.
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Five Mile Look, Blue Point

Last month, the first steps were taken in what will undoubtably be a very long journey to reclaim land for recreational use for the residents of Blue Point. The Heritage Board and the President of the Blue Point Community Coalition, Jason Borowski, met with Councilman Foley and Legislator Lindsay to discuss the potential project at the former site of Avery's 5 Mile Look. The site is located at the end of Blue Point Ave. to the west side of the fishing pier. The property, now over grown, hides the grandeur of it's former life, but does give subtle clues like the remnants of the ornate stone wall that ran along the property line. The project would entail elevated walkways, similar to those found in the sunken forest, through the property which is NYS wetlands, including an elevated platform for bird and nature watching adjacent to Stillman's Creek. The area around the creek discharge would potentially get some relief via removal of invasive species and replacement with native plantings. In a nod not only to the property's history, but the history of Blue Point as a seaside recreation town, the stone fence would be reconstructed and we are hoping maybe even the fountain on the property would be brought back to life. Councilman Foley, Legislator Lindsay, and Assemblyman Garbarino will all be reaching out to the DEC to get the ball rolling on what will be, without a doubt, the hardest hurdle we have to clear, obtaining DEC approval for the project. Thanks to The Blue Point Community Coalition for working with us on this project. We know this will be a lengthy process, but it is a project we are very excited for and we are in it for the duration.
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Thank you to all who have paid your dues for this year! Those funds help us to provide activities and events for our communities as well as upkeep to the Meadow Croft Estate.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Scavenger Hunt Canceled 2018

Important information!

Scavenger Hunt Canceled 2018

Due to the impending Nor'easter forecast, the BBPHA is CANCELLING the Scavenger Hunt originally scheduled for this weekend, Saturday October 27th.

We will look to re-schedule this event in the Spring. Thank you to those who donated prizes or volunteered their time for this event.


Thank you for your patience and understanding with the weather forecast.

Monday, October 1, 2018

October 2018 Newsletter

Join us at our next general membership meeting 
 Bayport-Blue Point Library 
on Sunday, October 14th at 2 o’clock.


The Life and Legend of John K. Hackett, Long Island's Pistol-Packing Judge.

Forgotten now but a hero and celebrity during the 1800's, John K. Hackett was many things: a kid from Queens, son of a famous Shakespearean actor, an avid hunter and fisherman, a Forty-Niner, a practical joker and the deadliest pistol shot of his day. One of the founders of the Southside Sportsmen’s Club, he had a deep love for Long Island’s natural landscape. He also had a reputation as an upright judge during the dark days of Boss Tweed’s Tammany Hall. This talk will take you through the colorful, violent and surprising story of his life and times, from the seedy New York underworld to the raucous life of the Long Island sportsman. We will also track Hackett’s rise and fall, and look at why he and his era have been forgotten by history.


Please help us welcome Chris Kretz for this fascinating presentation. Chris is a librarian and co-author of Oakdale by Arcadia Press. Along with Connie Currie, Chris hosts the entertaining and informative podcast The Long Island History Project.



From the podcast’s web site: The Long Island History Project is a bi-monthly podcast featuring interviews with researchers, authors, filmmakers, collectors and any person with a passion for the history of this riotous island. From tales of revolutionary spies to memories of one-legged stock car racers, we seek to bring you authentic voices with compelling stories to tell. We also aim to shine a light on those people and organizations working to preserve Long Island’s heritage.

Please check out the podcast at http://www.longislandhistoryproject.org or download at Apple Podcasts.


Save the Dates
Due to the library’s closure for Veterans Day, next month’s general membership meeting will be held on Sunday, November 25. Our speaker will be Bob Doxsee, Jr., who will present The Doxsee Legacy: Growing Up in a Fishing and Clamming Family. Check out next month’s newsletter for more information.


Our meeting dates for 2019 are 2/10, 3/3, 4/14, and 5/15. All meetings will be held at the Bayport-Blue Point Library and begin at 2 pm. Hope to see you there!

Historical Scavenger Hunt

As you may have heard, our annual House Tour was cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances with securing historic homes. As disappointed as everyone was, our Vice President Leanne Berg has come up with a wonderful Autumnal Activity for our whole community to enjoy!

Introducing.....a Historical Scavenger Hunt!

On Saturday October 27th, or a rain date of October 28th, the BBPHA will host a Historical Scavenger Hunt through our hamlets. Registration will begin at Meadow Croft at 12:00 and each participant or family will receive an envelope with 9 clues to guide you to various historical locations in Bayport and Blue Point. Once you have discovered the location based on the clues, a volunteer will present you with a special token to show that you have visited the site. The final location will bring you back to Meadow Croft where participant prizes will be awarded. Once back at Meadow Croft, there will be pumpkin decorating, raffle baskets, apple cider, cookies for all to enjoy, and more!

Please note: there will be a small fee of $5.00 to participate. This is NOT a timed event so please drive carefully through our community. The day will end at 3:00. For more information or if you would like to volunteer, please call Leanne Berg at 631-235-1702.

A day of learning and family fun!
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Christmas at Meadow Croft

Save the dates!

Christmas at Meadow Croft will be December 1st & 2nd 2018 from 12:00-4:00. The theme this year will be The 12 Days of Christmas! Volunteers are always needed to help with this event. Please call Leanne Berg if you are interested, have something to be raffled off or have a display that fits our theme. Her number is 631-235-1702. There will be many raffles, baskets, gift cards and refreshments will be served. The decorations and ornaments that are donated will also be raffled off at end of 2nd day. Winner need not be present. There is something for everyone as St Nicholas will be on hand to take photos, piano music will be played on the Roosevelt piano and more!

637 Middle Road- This Old House

What a shame! Another old Bayport house will probably succumb to the wrecking ball at some point in the near future or fall down upon itself. The home at 637 Middle Road is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sanford who have owned it since 1979. The home is on the north side of Middle Road and has a 3 feet high picket fence in front.
The home has a storied past. The BBP Heritage Association archives revealed information on past owners and in 1979, the NYS Division of Historic Preservation conducted a building structure inventory on the residence. The inventory describes the building built before 1858 as a wood-frame house with interlocking joints and clapboard siding. Additionally, there is an old gable roof board and batten barn with a gable on the front and sawtooth decoration.

The house belonged to Mr. Edmond Weeks in 1858. The Weeks family is among Bayport's earliest. Silas Mapes owned the home after Edmund Weeks until 1883. In 1883, the home was purchased by Lieutenant Charles W. Hayes who had been renting the home in the summers for several years. Lt. Hayes named the home "Heart Ease." In 1888, Lt. Hayes sold the home to Wilson R. Smith who sold it to A. L Atherton of New York city in 1915. In the 1920's, the home was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Arthur A. Hoefler. The Hoefler's grandson, Mr. E. Bond lived there for a sometime in the thirties. Mr. Bond had written to the BBPHA in 1997 to share some memories and inquire as to the status of the house. The Hoefler's sold the home to Mr. Engerling in 1946 and the Sanford's (current owners) bought it in 1979.

The Town of Islip has intervened several times in an attempt to clean up the property. It is presumed that the Sanford's are current on the taxes and the home is not considered abandoned although it certainly looks that way. We hope this house can be saved by someone. It was a beautiful structure and one of Bayport's earliest.

~ reported by John Amato
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Thank you!

A special Thank You to Ann Soper for all of her hard work with our heirloom garden. Ann, a master gardener, worked tirelessly to tend to the crops and then donated all of the produce to the Sayville Food pantry on behalf of the BBPHA. It truly was a labor of love!Thank you Ann!

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Reminder: House tours are still on every Sat and Sun 2-4:00 through the month of October! Meadow Croft is beautiful in the fall! Check it out!