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.

Friday, May 1, 2020

May 2020 Newsletter

Dear community,
Hoping you and your loved ones are healthy and safe. 
As we try to adjust to a new "normal" please know the BBPHA is adjusting as well. 
Our hope is that we will have a full summer season with activities, events and house tours at Meadow Croft. 
We have done some much needed improvements on the interior of Meadow Croft and are excited to show them off to our many friends and followers.
However, we must do our part now to stay healthy and safe. 
We know you are. We are too. 
We are all in this together!
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Summer Solstice Walking Tour

As of now:
The Summer Solstice Walking Tour will take place on June 20, 2020. It will begin at 6:30pm at the Blue Point Avenue dock and conclude at the Bayport Blue Point Library. For over a decade, local historian and friend Gene Horton has guided us on the evening stroll that marks the beginning of summer. Before we lost him last year, Gene expressed his wish for this tradition to continue. Please join Bayport Blue Point Heritage Association’s Frank Giebfried as we honor Gene with a Summer Solstice walking tour; “Blue Point Avenue: Yesterday and Today.” We’ll stroll up Blue Point Avenue, stopping by many beautiful homes and visiting sites like Avery’s Five Mile Look, Joe’s Step Inn, the Nelson Danes house, the Hallett House, and Bob Brown’s Food Market. Of course, we’ll also pay a visit to the John Danes house, Gene Horton’s home for many years. Please be sure to sign up on the BBP Library website!

An update will be included in the June newsletter!

Frank Geibfried shares some local history...

Frank Geibfried, a Director at Large for the Bayport Blue Point Heritage Association, says hello from home and shares some of his favorite bits of local history with us. Frank will also be our tour guide for our annual Summer Solstice Walking Tour scheduled for Saturday, June 20. Sign-up for the tour will (hopefully) begin in late May. Stay tuned!

Thanks to the BBP Library for this post.
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Hello! From Meadow Croft!

President of the Bayport Blue Point Heritage Association, Mary Bailey says hello...from Meadow Croft!! In this extra-special video, Mary gives us a virtual tour of the former summer estate of John Ellis Roosevelt and gives us a sneak peek of some improvements made to the estate over the winter.
To learn more about Meadow Croft or the Heritage Association, you can visit http://bayportbluepointheritage.org/
Thanks to the BBP Library for this post. Click here for video!

Sunday Morning at the Beach...

A new feature in the monthly newsletter. These short articles were first printed in the monthly Bayport Blue Point Gazette. They were written by Gene Horton and reprinted with permission.

This old postcard view was mailed out of Blue Point on June 11, 1918. It shows a number of vintage automobiles parked along the shore and on the dock at the foot of Blue Point Avenue. Looking closely, at least one of the cars in the picture has its steering wheel on the "British" side.
Even now-a-days, Blue Point Avenue dock is a delightful place to enjoy your morning coffee, read the newspaper, and enjoy the bay and its breeze. Times and styles may change, but not the ebb and flow of daily life in beautiful Blue Point.
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Staying safe...

Even though we are apart at this time, the BBPHA board members are still meeting and planning to make sure when this pandemic is over we are able to pick up where we left off! We are looking forward to continuing our important work of preserving the history of the Bayport and Blue Point communities! Hope to see you soon!
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Membership now due!

It's that time of year! The BHA 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 $___

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

April 2020 Newsletter

Dear friends of BBPHA;
We hope this email finds you and your family healthy and safe. As a historical society who is dedicated to the preservation, history and future of Bayport & Blue Point, we recognize that we are living through history right now. An unprecedented time for our communities and the world. Please follow all CDC guidelines so we may have the ability to continue with our mission in the near future.
Our April General Membership meeting is cancelled and as this pandemic seems to evolve each day, we will keep you updated about future events.
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Updates at Meadow Croft

Prior to self-quarantine, work began on transforming two rooms upstairs at Meadow Croft into guest rooms. Two brass beds were donated by Ami & Bob Huttenmeyer. We thank them for this generous gift! Other work was scheduled and we are hoping to have it all ready for the opening of Meadow Croft for tours starting in June.
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The Roosevelt Family Walking Trail

If you want to get outdoors and enjoy a hike, Meadow Croft has a trail; The Roosevelt Family Walking Trail. It begins to the right of the historic home and travels North over the Rail Road tracks, around San Souci Lake, and ends at Montauk Highway. There are several interesting sights along the hike, including a grave stone for Billy. Billy was a Cairn Terrier who was born in Scotland and died in 1924. The Boys Scouts have also provided benches during the trail as part of Eagle Scout projects. The trail is maintained by the Suffolk County Parks Department as the Meadow Croft Estate is a SC Park. If you venture out, please don't litter and no smoking! Enjoy!

Heirloom Garden

Thank you to our Master Gardener, Ann Soper who was recently spotted cleaning up the garden and getting ready for the upcoming Spring season! Thank you Ann for all of your tireless work on behalf of the BBPHA! We can't wait to see what blooms in the garden this year!
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Bayport Florist, Bayport NY

A new feature in the monthly newsletter. These short articles were first printed in the monthly Bayport Blue Point Gazette. They were written by Gene Horton and reprinted with permission.
The florist industry was always important in the 19th and 20th century history of Bayport and Blue Point. This postcard view of the "Bayport Florist" is postmarked September 12, 1912. The roadway in the picture is Montauk Highway, which wasn't even paved yet. This card shows the home and some of the greenhouses of Julius Chevalley. This place was located on the southeast corner of Montauk Hwy and Gillette Ave in Bayport.

According to the Arcidia Press book, "Bayport Heritage," Mr. Chevalley purchased this property more than 100 years ago, in 1906, and developed his plant business there. Today the house, the water tower and the greenhouses in this picture are all gone. Most of his property is now occupied by the Fairview Properties and the Bayport Professional Center.
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Sunday, March 1, 2020

March 2020 Newsletter


General Membership meeting
* Please note special time of 12 noon to 2:00 PM.

They Called It Red Gold:
The Long Island Cranberry Industry
Sunday, March 8, 12-2pm at the BBP Library

Long Island was once home to a thriving cranberry industry, including our own local bog at Sans Souci Lakes. Please join us as we welcome naturalist John Turner who will discuss this once prosperous agricultural tradition, how cranberry farms were created, and what brought about their demise. All are welcome to attend.
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St. Patrick's Day Parade...

On Sunday March 15th at 11:00, Bayport and Blue Point will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day with our annual parade. This is the 30th year for this festive outing. This year the Grand Marshal will be Matthew "Matty" McGuire. If you would like to march with the BBPHA, please contact us! Information can be found below. We look forward to celebrating our wonderful communities and thank the Bayport-Blue Point Chamber of Commerce for their dedication to this annual event!
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Help wanted....

House Tour: It is never too early to start planning our Annual House Tour. The planned tour for this year will be on October 25th. If you have a historic house in the Bayport or Blue Point community or a home that has architectural significance or charm, please contact us! We would love to showcase your home in our tour to share the history of our communities. We also need help with planning and promotion. There is a small group forming now to actively secure homes. Please consider joining. If you have some time to give back to your community, in any way, shape or form, WE NEED YOU!

Docents: From June through October tours of the historic Meadow Croft home are given every weekend by our small group of dedicated docents. We are always looking for new names and faces to led our tours. If you are interested, contact us below. Training provided.

Heirloom Garden: Who has a green thumb? Ok, not necessary but volunteering to help with Meadow Croft's Heirloom Garden will make your heart full and maybe turn your brown thumb green! All levels of experience needed. Join the fun!

Five-Mile Look

A new feature in the monthly newsletter. These short articles were first printed in the monthly Bayport Blue Point Gazette. They were written by Gene Horton and reprinted with permission.
This imposing summer hotel and restaurant stood at the foot of Blue Point Avenue, to the west of the town fishing dock. The remains of the old decorative wall can still be seen along Blue Point Ave. and the property today. Originally begun as "The Coop" by Frank Avery in 1912 when he moved a chicken coop by scow from Commodore Bourne's Estate in Oakdale (the former LaSalle Academy now St. John's University campus) to this site. In 1913, after Mr. Avery's untimely death in a horrible automobile accident, his widow, Matilda Avery, had the Five-Mile Look built. The hotel had forty guest rooms and its spacious dining room porch was beautifully decorated as an arbor shelter. The hotel got its name because Fire Island is five miles across the Great South Bay from Blue Point. Five-Mile Look featured shore dinners on its menu and specialized in serving Blue Point oysters.

The well-known artist of the Ashcan School, William F. Glackens (1870-1938) centered some of his paintings around Five-Mile Look and Blue Point shoreline: "Beach Umbrellas at Blue Point" (1915) owned by the Smithsonian Institution today and "The Beach at Blue Point" (1915) in Rochester, NY, Museum of Fine Art. In 1996, Christie's Auction House in NYC sold a Glackens work entitled "Town Pier - Blue Point" for $1.04 million. In April, 1939, before the summer season began, Five-Mile Look was totally destroyed by a fire of "undetermined origin." Only the ruins of the decorative wall & fountain remain in silent testimony on the property which today is designated as a NY State Wetlands preserve.
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Saturday, February 1, 2020

February 2020 Newsletter


General Membership Meeting...
Our first General Membership meeting of the New Year will be held on
Sunday, February 9th, 2020 at 2:00 
in the Bayport Blue Point Library. The presentation will be on the lithography of Stow Wengenroth.

Please save the following dates for our upcoming meetings in the new year:

March 8th; They Called it Red Gold: The Long Island Cranberry Industry (please note this meeting will run from 12:00-2:00pm)

April 19; Montauk; From Wilderness to Military Hospital and into the 20th Century

May 17; TBA
Hope to see you there! Please mark your calendars!


The Lithography of Stow Wengenroth


Stow Wengenroth was once called "America's greatest living artist working in black and white,” and he is generally considered one of the finest American lithographers of the twentieth century. Although born in Brooklyn, Wengenroth spent his youth in Bayport. Please join us at the next general membership meeting as we explore his remarkable work, including scenes of Bayport. The presentation will include samples of his work, a slide show of photos, and authentic documents written by the artist which reside in the BBPHA archives.
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Business District; Downtown Bayport, c.1910

A new feature in the monthly newsletter. These short articles were first printed in the monthly Bayport Blue Point Gazette. They were written by Gene Horton and reprinted with permission.
More than 100 years ago, the main business district of Bayport was centered around Middle Road and Bayport Ave. The main establishment was called Snedecor & Squires (later Shand's) and was built around the 1860's. The Shand's bought the store in the 1930's and operated it until the 1990's. Shand's was a focal point for the local community. It's sad that the business is no longer there.
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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.

St Patrick's Day Parade...

Mark your calendars. Bayport-Blue Point Chamber of Commerce’s 30th St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Sunday, March 15. The BBPHA will be marching along again!
Our Grand Marshal for the 2020 Parade is Matthew “Matty” McGuire. Matt is from the Bayport Blue Point Little League where he has served as President for almost 10 years. Starting at 11 a.m. at the corner of Snedecor Avenue and Montauk Highway in Bayport, the parade ends down Blue Point Avenue in Blue Point. Join us on March 15, 2020 for the Bayport Blue Point St. Patrick's Day parade.

Updates at Meadow Croft

After Christmas at Meadow Croft when our house activities slow for the general public, we are continuously making upgrades and improvements to Meadow Croft. This winter is no exception! Or most recent indoor project is to make repairs and replace the wallpaper in the master bedroom. We can't wait for you to see the finished room when the house will open for tours again in June!

Congratulations Eagle Scout; Harry McAward

The BBPHA would like to congratulate Harry McAward of Boy Scout Troop 130 on earning the highest rank of Eagle Scout. Harry’s Eagle Court of Honor was held on January 12 at the Bayport United Methodist Church. The Heritage Association was represented at the ceremony by President Mary Bailey and Director at Large Frank Giebfried, who gave a speech congratulating Harry and thanking him for choosing Meadow Croft as the site of his service project.

As reported in a previous newsletter, Harry led his fellow scouts in the construction of a trellis that blocks from view the air conditioning units on the east side of the property. Harry’s work has greatly improved the experience for visitors to Meadow Croft, and will for years to come.

Congratulations Harry, and thank you for a job well done!
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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

January 2020 Newsletter


Happy New Year 2020! 
 
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 ALL for a wonderful year and look forward to 2020! 
 
 
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General Membership meeting:

Happy New Year! As we begin this new decade, please keep in mind our first General Membership meeting that will be held on Sunday February 9th, 2020 at 2:00 in the Bayport Blue Point Library. Please save the following dates for our meetings in the new year: 3/8, 4/19, and 5/17. Hope to see you there! Please mark your calendars!



The Lithography of Stow Wengenroth


Stow Wengenroth was once called "America's greatest living artist working in black and white,” and he is generally considered one of the finest American lithographers of the twentieth century. Although born in Brooklyn, Wengenroth spent his youth in Bayport. Please join us at the next general membership meeting as we explore his remarkable work, including scenes of Bayport. The presentation will include samples of his work, a slide show of photos, and authentic documents written by the artist which reside in the BBPHA archives.
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Christmas at Meadow Croft: All Creatures Great and Small

Thank you! by Leanne Berg, Vice President of the BBPHA

A sincere Thank You from the bottom of my heart! This year was a real success! The Saturday night event and having the carriage house open for St Nick's workshop with the train show 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 so beautiful and festive and everyone certainly 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, Kevin Yates, Jerry McClusky and family, Erich Haesche, Lenore Prezioso and The People's United Bank. Thank you to those who donated items to raffle including; Phountain in Sayville and Audrey's Bakery for the Gingerbread houses. To our parking crew; John Amato, Charlie Colan, Bill Bailey, Dave Harenberg, Charlie Iden, & Dennis Fagan. To all the wonderful musicians and pianists who gave their time and talents: Airlea Deutscher, Marge Bolton, JK Hodge, Bill Bailey, Maurice Kemp, Lisa Pratnicki and Brianna, Mary Latini 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 so much fun to work on. We make an amazing team! Thank you Mary, John, Laura, Jen, Frank, Dennis, Sandra, Beth and Tom! Now the planning begins on Christmas at Meadow Croft 2020: Dashing Through the Snow!

Famous Bayportian: Walter Homan

A new feature in the monthly newsletter. These short articles were first printed in the monthly Bayport Blue Point Gazette. They were written by Gene Horton and reprinted with permission.
Walter Homan of Bayport was born in 1819 and died in 1902 at the age of 83. He had been a resident of Bayport for almost 70 years and held almost every post in the Town of Islip including collector of taxes, town assessor, and commissioner of highways. In the 1870's, Walter Homan was superintendent of the Long Island Rail Road and had the first LIRR depots built in both Bayport and Patchogue even before the tracks were fully laid that far east. From 1892 to 1894, Walter Homan served as postmaster of Bayport. As was custom in those days, his home served as the community post office. Mr. Homan was also an expert on in the history of Long Island and he took a considerable interest in politics. He was a contractor, enjoyed the highest reputation for workmanship and supervised the construction of many buildings used by the LIRR.

His imposing home in Bayport is long gone today. It stood on the North side of Middle Road directly across the street from today's Bayport Memorial Park where the gazebo and war plaques monuments are located. The old photo of the house below was taken from Bayport Heritage's "Fading Views."

Mr. Homan's boyhood home was in Patchogue where his father was the village blacksmith. It was during the cutting of a piece of steel on an anvil, that a large fragment struck Walter in one of his eyes and he lost his sight in that eye.

Walter Homan was a lifelong Republican. He was affiliated with St. Ann's Church in Sayville. He married Miss Katherine Brown and they had several children, three of which survived him; Charles, Isaac, and Kate Homan. Walter Homan is buried in St. Ann's Cemetery in Sayville.
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Nominations for the BBPHA

The nominating committee is developing a slate of members for the 2020 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 2020 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.

Bottles and Stoneware: Show and Sale

On Sunday, January 26th from 10:00-3:00 at the Juliette Low Friendship Center in Bayport, the Long Island Antique Bottle Association will host show and sale. Please note that the JLF, located on Lakeview Ave in Bayport is not on the Camp Edey Property but approximately a 1/2 mile north of Montauk Hwy, on the west side of Lakeview Ave. Sale tables available as well as limited space for displays. For more information call 631-589-9027 or email libottle@optonline.net. Free appraisals!
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Sunday, December 1, 2019

December 2019 Newsletter


Christmas At Meadow Croft

Please join us!

It's almost time for our Annual Christmas at Meadow Croft! This year's event will be held on

 December 7 & 8, 2019
From 12:00-4:00

There will be special exhibits, electric trains, dolls, wood carvings, and of course St. Nicholas will be there. Visit him in the Carriage House and have your picture taken with him. 
The Roosevelt piano will be filling the air with holiday music and the festive decorations and baskets will be raffled off. 
Admission is $5.00 per person. 
Enjoy some hot cocoa and join us for this historic festive event! 

The theme this year will be;

All Creatures Great and Small!

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. Just a few slots available! 
Price is $25 per person and it will run from 7:00-9:00PM
Register and purchase tickets online only here. 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 We also are in need of 2 piano players to volunteer, only 1 hour of your time and talents.
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Holiday Cheer with LIHS!

Join us for Holiday Cheer!
Long Island Historical Societies
December 12th, 2019 From 12 noon to 5p.m. 

Private Tours of Decorated Coe Hall & The Robert Moses Archives Holiday Luncheon and Gathering

The Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park 1395 Planting Fields Road Oyster Bay, NY 11771 Limited Registration: Cost Per Person $45.00 R.S.V.P. by ***December 3, 2019***

Please make your checks payable to: LIHS (Long Island Historical Society) Please mail checks to c/o Suffolk County Historical Society 300 West Main Street Riverhead, NY 11901 ________________________________________________________________________________
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Eagle Scout Project at MC

Special thanks to Connor Spence from Troop 329 who recently completed his Eagle Scout project at Meadow Croft! Connor built and erected six bat houses in the wooded area surrounding Meadow Croft. Bats eat insects, including mosquitoes and reduces the need for pesticides. They are nocturnal mammals that help the environment. Thank you Connor and Troop 329 for your donation to Meadow Croft!

Nominations for BBPHA

The nominating committee is developing a slate of members for the 2020 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 2020 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.

General Membership meetings...

As usual, there are no general membership meetings scheduled for December and January due to our Christmas at Meadow Croft weekend and the holidays. Please save the following dates for our meetings in the new year: 2/9, 3/8, 4/19, and 5/17. Hope to see you there!
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BBPHA

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Healthy New Year! Looking forward to a wonderful 2020!