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.

First Bloom Tea, June 10th, 2016

Our event this year will be held Friday June 10, at 5:30PM 
on the front porch of Meadow Croft. 

This year the BBP High School Chamber Orchestra, the group that played at Meadow Croft on Friday evening before Christmas at Meadow Croft, will serenade us for a bit during dinner. Also their will be a local art display on the second floor of the of Meadow Croft. 
-Please email or call Ginny Novak at 631-363-7428 to make a reservation and confirm what buffet item you will be bringing. Also remember to bring your own place setting, silverware, tea cups, teapot and drinks. Proper high tea attire is requested, as is a donation of $5.00.

Chair Person Needed for Christmas at Meadow Croft

Christmas at Meadow Croft is one of our great events and fundraisers. 

Gene Horton has been the Chair Person for quite some time and would like to pass the baton on to someone else so he can work on other exciting events. 
Please take a moment to consider volunteering to take over. 
Of course, Gene will be only a phone call away to assist. 
Here’s what’s needed: 

Chair-person's responsibilities:  
Organize the event and set up committees. 
Refreshments; Music; St. Nicholas; Decorator Volunteers to decorate each room;  
Exhibits Upstairs; Publicity; Raffles, Parking; Friday night reception; Invitations: 

Committees are the key to success! 
    Gene Horton says, "I have a handbook all ready to pass on to the next chair-person and I will be glad to assist him/her 100%."

Please consider taking on this amazingly rewarding position!

May 21st, May 22nd, 2016 Event

May 21 & May 22, 2016- Saturday and Sunday

Three local churches designed by Isaac Henry Green will be open to the public. 
All of these church buildings are local architectural treasures and well work a visit. 
There is no admission fee or registration.  
This is a program held every year by Sacred Sites and is a wonderful way to showcase our churches. 
The church buildings are: 

St. Ann's Church in Sayville:  Open Saturday, May 21: 10 am to noon;  Open Sunday., May 22: 2-4 PM… 
Sayville Congregational Church:   Open Saturday, May 21: 10 am to Noon; Open Sunday., May 22: 2-4 PM... 
St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Patchogue:  Open Saturday only, May 21: 1-3 PM   Address is 31 Rider Avenue, Patchogue

St. Ann's -Sayville
St. Ann's in Sayville

Sayville Congregational
Sayville Congregational Church
St. Paul's -Patchogue
St. Paul's in Patchogue

Sunday May 15th 2pm-4pm

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING: Sunday May 15th 2pm-4pm. 
At the Bayport Blue Point Library 

Historian and writer Elizabeth Kahn Kaplan -
George Washington’s Long Island Spy Ring
Elizabeth Kahn Kaplan
Elizabeth Kahn Kaplan

Come to our meeting/presentation and see how the Culper Ring was formed at the urging of Washington, who needed information about British troop movements in New York. 
Washington and his army had fled Manhattan after the Continental Army’s disastrous loss at the Battle of Long Island, in Brooklyn, on August 28-29, 1776. 

Perhaps you’ve wondered how much of the series, Turn, on the AMC television channel is factual and how much is pure fiction. It tells the story of the Culper Spy Ring that provided information to George Washington during the American Revolution.

Kaplan was the lead curator in 2010 of Setauket's Three Village Historical Society’s exhibit.

Spies: How A Group of Long Island Patriots Helped George Washington Win the Revolution.
She has written curriculum guides for the New-York Historical Society and for Stony Brook University. She presented this program at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens in Virginia, and at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C.

Come to see this very informative presentation!
See her blog here: Click!

Don't forget to check our Events Calendar!

ASCHS Meetings & Events for May 2016

Saturdays in May, 2016
Now Open Saturday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

May 5, 2016
BOOK & BOTTLE with Mau VanDuren
Many Heads and Many Hands: Francis Doughty, Visionary or Troublemaker?

May 14 & 15, 2016
Long Island Fleece and Fiber Fair

May 15, 2016
Princess Garden Party at the Homestead

May 15, 2016
SOUTHAMPTON ANTIQUE FAIR: Venders Welcome - Southampton Historical Museum Mail

May 16 - May 26, 2016
Information for NY’s Historical Records Repositories, #83

May 18, 2016
Re-Imagining the Historic House Museum

Opens May 20, 2016
Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience

May 21, 2016

May 22, 2016
Fourth Annual Sheep Shearing Festival at Sherwood-Jayne Farm

May 28, 2016
Havens Farmers’ Market

Tom Edmonds, Executive Director 
Southampton Historical Museums and Research Center
PO Box 303/17 Meeting House Lane
Southampton, NY 11968

Meeting: April 10th, 2016

Sunday April 10th 2016 at 2pm 
in the Bayport Blue Point Public Library. 

The Priscilla
This lecture and presentation by Capt. Michael Caldwell of the Long Island Maritime Museum 
will explain the different steps in the restoration process of the oyster sloop Priscilla
The Priscilla, built in 1888, is a 60 feet long oyster sloop with a 14-foot beam. 
In 1976, she was donated to the Long Island Maritime Museum
This vessel is the oldest and only sailing work-boat to survive from the Great South Bay oyster fleet. There are only four of her kind still in existence. 
In 2006 Priscilla was designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Today, March 20, 2016

Hello Fellow History-lovers... 
Here is something to do today, while waiting for the snow!

There is going to be an interesting program today at 2:00 pm at the Sayville Library about WINEMAKING ON L.I.   
The guest speaker is Greg Gove and he is the wine-maker for Barney Loughlin at Loughlin Vineyards.
This program is sponsored by the Sayville Historical Society.  
See you there!   


Sunday March 13th, 2016
 All Heritage Association members are invited to march in the parade showing their support of the association and the community.

MEETING: Sunday March 13th 2016

Sunday March 13th 2016 at 
2:00 pm in the Bayport Blue Point Public Library.

Join Dowling College Faculty-Librarian 
Diane Holliday 
for a Historic 
“Postcard tour of the Hotels and Inns of Long Island’s South Shore”. 
Back in the Early 1900s the South Shore of Long Island became a millionaire’s playground. 
Come see how, from Bay Shore to Bellport, they came to spend their long summers away from the heat of New York City.

February 2016 Newsletter

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING: Sunday February 14th 2016 at 2pm in the Public Library.

"Islip Grange A Place to Touch the Face of History." Founded in 1974, a number of Long Island period structures were moved onto this 12 acre site. Presenter George Munkenbeck will explore the present conditions at the Grange as well as the historic background of the land and structures and the work of Friends of the Grange to restore the park.

NOMINATIONS FOR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS: The nominating committee is developing a slate of board members for the 2016 board. If you know of someone who would be willing to serve on the board please contact Joe Novak,  631-363-7428. Thank you.

HOUSE TOUR 2016 Planning: Although its months away we are gearing up for the 2016 “House Tour” We are on the lookout for beautiful and interesting houses to feature this year. If you or anyone you know in Bayport or Blue Point would like to showcase their beautiful home please email us at

ATTENTION GARDENERS: The garden is still asleep but we are looking for volunteers to help maintain the Meadow Croft Garden come spring. Use your “Green Thumbs” to email us at

DOCENTS NEEDED: The association is in need of docents (tour guides) for historical guided tours at Meadow Croft. It requires very little time, less than 2 hours a day, two days a month, June through October. You will follow one of our current Docents to learn the rich history of Meadow Croft before leading a tour on your own.  If you or someone you know is interested in history, please contact Harriet Mihlstin, 631-472-2118.

Membership Annual Dues: You can mail a check to our P.O. Box or pay at our February General Membership Meeting, February 14th.

Annual Dues: Family- $25, Individual-$15, Seniors-$10

Send checks, with your name and address to:
Bayport Heritage Association
P.O. Box 4                                                                                                                                                 
Bayport, NY 11705
Thank you!

Meeting: January 10th, 2016

Sunday, Jan. 10th at 2pm 
in the Bayport Blue Point Public Library
Gene Horton will be giving a lecture and presentation for the Bayport Heritage Association's monthly membership meeting. 

"Sleeping in Suffolk" 
The program features some interesting information about people, famous and infamous, who are buried here in Suffolk County. Listen to Gene and learn about some of the unusual headstones and stories, quaint cemeteries, folklore, local history... an interesting way to start off the new year!
If you are not a member of the Bayport Heritage Association, you can still attend. 

Free admission!
We will have membership forms available. 
Yearly membership is just
$25 for family membership
$15 for individual
and $10 for seniors

As usual, refreshments will be served!
Hope to see you there.

Happy New Year 2016!

Happy New Year wishes from the Bayport Heritage Association!
May you bring in the new year in good health, surrounded by family and friends!

Bayport Heritage events for 2016 will soon be posted, so come back soon!

Christmas celebration!

Greetings all Bayport Heritage Members

We hope you have marked your calendar for 
Saturday, December 5th and Sunday, December 6th, 2015 
for our annual Christmas celebration at Meadow Croft.  
This year’s 2015 theme is “A Winter Wonderland.”

           As in the past, all decorations will be raffled off.  Many thanks from the Christmas at Meadow Croft committee and the officers and directors of the Association.
Please contact Bayport Heritage to buy your raffle tickets. 
Bill Hansen, President                                                                                                                   
Mary Bailey, Vice President & Corresponding Secretary                                                              
Connie Smith, Recording Secretary                                                                                                        
John Amato, Treasurer     

Joe Novak                                                                                         
Tom Maher                                                                                                                                   
David Harenberg                                                                                                                           
Laura Amato
Jill Hansen   
Kristy Giacchetto

Event chairperson:

                        Gene Horton                                                                                                

Meeting: Sunday, November 8, 2015

Sunday, November 8th 2015 at 2pm in the Public Library

Gatsby’s Long Island with Monica Randall

 Perhaps the most lavish parties ever held in the pages of American literature 
were the Galas Jay Gatsby threw at his estate on Long Island’s North Shore.
The original Gatsby Mansion that inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald, 
remains hidden behind rusting gates,
 forgotten relics of an era that will never come again.

Join Historian and bestselling author, 
Monica Randall
for this colorful slide presentation based on her popular book,
Mansions of the Gold Coast.
It includes rare photos of the sprawling castle that inspired Fitzgerald to write,
The Great Gatsby.
Included in the program are little known details and photos of the infamous Woodward Murder Case,
The Mysterious F.W. Woodworth Mansion, “Winfield,” and
 Furguson Castle, with its floors paved with tomb stones.

October 11th Meeting, 2015

Sunday, October 11th 2015 at 2pm in the 
Bayport Blue Point Public Library

 "Did You Know...Interesting Facts about Long Island" featuring Historian Noel Gish

This lecture will cover little known facts of interest about the island that English colonists called "Long". Many people that have lived or worked on Long Island have contributed to society including scientists, writers, and artists. 
We have a population that is greater than many of the states and 
have beautiful landmarks that make us well known. 
These tales will come to life in the presentation by Mr. Noel Gish. 

Noel Gish taught history at Hauppauge High School for 35 years. 
In 1973 he instituted one of the first Long Island History courses for high school students in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. 
Mr. Gish authored a Long Island studies program for Graphic Learning in 1980 and in 1996 authored "Smithtown 1660-1929: Looking Back Through the Lens" for the Smithtown Historical Society.  

Planning for the Holiday

Again this year, the Bayport Heritage Association is sponsoring 
the former 1891 summer estate of John E. Roosevelt and family, 
located on Middle Road at Brown’s River.  
The decorating theme this year is a 

The dates for this event, open to the public, will be 
Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015.  
In preparation for this event, two organizational meetings will be held 
at Meadow Croft.  
We can use your help and input.  Please try to attend:     
Sat., Oct. 3… 9:30 am      
Sat., Nov. 7… 9:30 am 
Rooms to be decorated include:        
Front porch
Main Dining Room
Butler’s Pantry
JER's Workroom
Servants' Dining Room
Upstairs' Mantels
Do you have any sort of a Christmas/Winter collection you would like to exhibit? 
Bayport Heritage Association greatly appreciates your participation in this season’s WINTER WONDERLAND at MEADOW CROFT.                     
Contact: Gene Horton at           

Antique Appraisal, Sept. 13, 2015

Sunday September 13th 2pm-4pm

"Trash or Treasure Antiques Roadshow"
 Host Eddie Costello will be guest appraiser and host. 
The first 40 people to attend will be given the opportunity to bring an item they would like to have appraised, and Eddie will provide and appraisal, and rationale for the valuation. In addition, Eddie will hold the crowd spellbound with his knowledge of antiques and collectibles. 

Eddie is a veteran appraiser, with over 40 years of experience. His crowd-pleasing appraisal events and entertaining demeanor always make for an informative and entertaining show. 
The event is sponsored the Bayport Heritage Association.

August News, 2015

Tuesday August 25, 6:00-8:30pm (Note the time change!)
BHA is sponsoring a Free Community Concert at the Bayport Memorial Park. This year we will be hosting “Jack’s Waterfall” Jack Licitra’s music is a blend of “Pop, Blues, Jazz, Folk, Gospel and Global music that all meet at The Waterfall.” 
So bring a lawn chair and come on down to enjoy a night of music at the gazebo in the park.

Meadow Croft house tours run Saturday and Sunday, June thru October starting at 2pm. Come See how the Roosevelts lived and learn about our rich history.

Docents needed! 
The association is in need of docents for Historical guided tours at Meadow Croft. It requires very little time, less than 2 hours a day, two days a month, June through October. If you or someone you know is interested in history,
 please contact Harriet Mihlstin at 472-2118.

To all the volunteers who maintain the beautiful garden at Meadow Croft, we thank you! The garden is full of sweet smelling colorful flowers.  It is laid out as the Roosevelt Family would have done a hundred years ago. What a peaceful place to visit.  
Keep up the good work!

To our 2015 Scholarship recipient. Stefan Stelling


Tuesday August 25, 6:00-8:30pm. 
BHA is sponsoring a Free Community Concert at the Bayport Memorial Park. 
This year we will be hosting “Jack’s Waterfall” 
Jack Licitra’s music is a blend of “Pop, Blues, Jazz, Folk, Gospel and Global music that all meet at The Waterfall.” 
So bring a lawn chair and come on down to enjoy a night of music at the gazebo in the park.

Bay Cruise and Dinner 2015

Bayport Heritage: 12th Annual Educational Bay Cruise and Dinner 

Tuesday July 28, 2015. (Rain date: July 29). 

Boarding of the boat will take place at 5:30 PM at the Sayville Ferry terminal on Brown’s River. Departure will be at 6:00 PM sharp, don’t be late, you’ll miss the boat. 
This year’s cruise will follow shore line along the coast of Bayport, Blue Point, Sayville, West Sayville and Oakdale. 
The ferry will return us to Sayville around 10 PM. 

 At Watch Hill we will enjoy a buffet dinner at “The Pier” restaurant. 
Dinner and gratuity are included in the price of $60 per person for Bayport Heritage members. 

A cash bar will be available at the restaurant. Alcohol and smoking are not allowed on the boat. There will be a fun raffle for some wonderful prizes. Only 115 tickets will be sold, so make your reservations early. 

Please mail checks, made out to the “Bayport Heritage Association” to Diana Walch, 121 Barton Lane, Bayport, NY 11705 to be received no later than Tuesday July 21, 2015 (non-refundable after this date). Also please include a stamped self addressed envelope. Tickets will be sent to you by return mail. Free reserved parking will be available at the Sayville Ferry Terminal, but it is limited, car pooling is highly recommended. Unfortunately this cruise is not suitable for children. So bring your binoculars and a sweater and join us on this educational excursion. Alcohol and smoking are not allowed on the boat. 

Remember the ferry departs at 6:00 PM Sharp.
Come Early but do join us!