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.

The Bayport House, Grey Horse Tavern

Here is the history of the Grey Horse Tavern, once known as the Bayport House, as written by town historian, Gene Horton:
Thank you Dennis Fagan for the link!


This year’s tour was an opportunity to see inside some of the more interesting home in the area.

We want to thank Jaci Montgomery and the house tour committee: 
Jill Hansen, Alida Thorpe, Barbara Sherman, Carole Pichney and Anna Duggan for all their hard work. 

We also want to thank the volunteers who staffed each of the houses, the antique car owners, the Sayville Garden Club.

Much appreciation goes to Country Junque, The BBP Library and Bayport Flower House for selling tickets for the event. 

Finally, we must thank the homeowners: Kristy & Frank Giacchetto, Eleanor Cheslak, Jeanette & Thomas McMahon, Michelle & Tony Badalamenti, and Andrea & Tim Palmer for graciously opening their homes for this year’s tour. 
Thank you all, for your help and participation!

Meeting: October 12, 2014

October 12th, 2014, Sunday 
 2:00pm, Bayport Blue Point Library
This month's speaker is Monica Musetti-Carlin. She is a journalist from Sayville and has worked for the Suffolk County News for the past 14 years in marketing and advertising. She will be presenting a talk and demonstration surrounding the autumn apple harvest and will be serving her signature applesauce and applesauce cake. Both recipes appear in her book: 

House Tour 2014

The Bayport Heritage Association
28th Autumn House Tour
Sunday, October 19th 2014, 1pm-5pm.
Tickets are $25 per person and all proceeds go to the Bayport Heritage Association.
You can buy the tickets beginning October 1st, at the following locations:
•              Country Junque on Middle Road
•              Bayport Flower House
•              Bayport-Blue Point Library 
Featuring unique homes in Bayport and Blue Point of historical and architectural significance.

Antique cars will be on display at all locations.

Please note that, out of respect for the homeowners, children under 12, high heels, food or drink and cameras will not be allowed.

Refreshments will be served at Meadow Croft.
Additional antique cars will be displayed.

Limited Tickets are available!

Free Concert in August

August 20th, Wednesday

Concert in the Park
Former local resident Jack Waterfall, along with Jack Licitra, Sydney Swinson, Corey Swinson and Nick Russell will play a world-beat jam session.

Bring a chair and bug spray.
Don't miss this free event!

Annual Bay Cruise and Dinner, 2014

July 29th, Tuesday, at 5:30pm
Dinner at The Pier Restaurant.
Cost $60 for BHA members, $80 for non-members.

Boarding will begin at 5:30pm at the Sayville Ferry Terminal on Brown's River.

Only 115 tickets will be sold. Mail checks to Diana Walch, 121 Barton Lane, Bayport to be received no later than July 22. 
Include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Tickets will be mailed to you.
Limited parking is available so car pooling is encouraged. 
This cruise is not suitable for children.
Ferry departs at 6:00pm SHARP so don't miss the boat. 
Questions? Call Diana Walch at 631-472-1898.

Memorial Day Parade, 2014

The Memorial Day Parade will be held on 
Monday, May 26th, 2014
Bayport Heritage Association members are requested to gather on Connetquot Road prior to 11:00am and march with the association. 

First Bloom Tea Scheduled

June 6th, Friday at 5:30
First Bloom Tea

Members only, so please join BHA to be included.

Held on the porch of Meadow Croft
Please RSVP Jill Hansen (jbh51 [at] opt to make a reservation and confirm what buffet item you will be bringing. 
Also remember to bring your own place setting, silverware, tea cups and drinks. 
Donation of $5 and high tea attire is requested. 
Hope to see you there!

Volunteers Needed, Gardeners and Docents

Attention Gardeners:  The garden is waking up and we are in need of volunteers to help maintain the Meadow Croft Garden as spring arrives.  All you “Green Thumbs” and those of you who don’t have green thumbs but are willing to help, please give Diana Walch a call at 631-472-1898. Perhaps you know some young people who need to perform some community service requirement.

Docents Needed: The association is in need of docents 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 have then contact Harriet Mihlstin at 631-472-2118. 

2014 Board of Directors

Congratulations to the newly, 2014, elected members of the 
Bayport Heritage Association Board of Directors:

Co-Presidents: Jaci Montgomery and Barbara Gatti
Treasure: Jill Hansen
Recording Secretary: Connie Smith
Corresponding Secretary: Jerry McCluskey

Directors at Large: 
Mary Bailey
Ken Courtney
David Harenberg
Tom Maher
Joe Novak

Of interest...


The Sayville Historical Society will be hosting a program entitled,
 Let there be Light.

 A presentation about lighting fixtures from whale oil lamps to electricity, this program will be presented by lighting historian and collector, Erich Haesche.

Mr. Haesche will exhibit and demonstrate lighting fixtures ranging from rush lights and candles, to oil and gas lamps as well as early electric lamps and bulbs.
Don't miss this interesting presentation!

Sayville Historical Society
Edwards Street, Sayville
2 PM; Sunday, March 2.
Further information call:  631-363-6487.

March 16th Meeting, 2014

March 16th, Sunday at 3:00 pm 

Joe Novak retired teacher and wood carver will present a program and slide show about the Teddy Roosevelt, the Rancher.

We all know about Teddy Roosevelt the politician and Teddy Roosevelt the leader of the Rough Riders, but how much do you know about Teddy Roosevelt the cowboy?
 After his first wife died, Teddy traveled west and became a rancher. 

Come learn about this part of his life from Joe Novak. 

Also discussed, the Teddy Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota.
For more information about the park: TR Roosevelt National Park

Also, earlier in the day:
March 16th, Sunday
Bayport-Blue Point Saint Patrick's Day Parade
All heritage association members are invited to march in the parade showing their support of the association and the community.

Meeting: February 16th 2014

February 16th, Sunday at 3:00 pm
Community Room of the Bayport/Blue Point Library.
Gene Horton, retired teacher and local historian will present the program:
"George Washington and Long Island."
Mr. Horton will be covering the life and times of the "Father of our Country" 
and his famous five-day tour of Long Island.

Don't miss this interesting program!

Don't forget to stop at the library showcases prepared by Gene Horton for our pleasure, 
in honor of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in this special February birthday remembrance!

George Washington

Attention: All BHA Members

The nominating committee is developing a slate of board members for the 2014 board. 
If you or someone you know would be willing to serve on the board, 
please contact Joe Novak @ 631-363-7428

Attention Gardeners: 
The garden is still asleep but we are looking for volunteers to help maintain the Meadow Croft Garden comes spring.  All “Green Thumbs” please give Diana Walch a call at 472-1898.

Docents Needed: 
The Association is in need of docents 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 have then contact Harriet Milsten at 631-472-2118.

Have you remembered to pay your dues?  
Membership dues are now due. If you haven’t already done so you can either mail them to our P.O. Box with your name, address, phone number and email address,
or pay them at the February 16th General Membership Meeting.

Bayport Heritage Association
P.O. Box 4 
Bayport, NY 11705

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

Meeting and Speaker, January 19, 2014

Join us for our next meeting with speaker, Martha Kolodkin
January 19th, Sunday at 3:30 pm 
at the Bayport-Blue Point Library.

Martha Kolodkin, a retired history teacher, will present
 "How it came about"

Martha says, "Have you ever wondered how the everyday things we use came to be?  Did you ever think about how certain events really did happen?  
If your answer is ‘yes’, have I got a program for you!
 In this presentation, we will learn about people, places, events, and things.  
Do you know how we got the first ice cream cone?  
How about the incredible coincidence that caused World War I?  Or, maybe you want to know what Hedy Lamarr has to do with your cell phone."

Answers to these and other interesting beginnings will be addressed by Martha Kolodkin, a veteran lecturer.  
Join us at the library on January 19th, have some fun, and learn in the process!


Christmas by the Bay at Meadow Croft

Saturday and Sunday, December 7th and 8th, 2013
Noon to 4pm
Admission: $5 for adults and
$3 for seniors & children age 4-12.

Not suitable for children under 4 years of age

For more information, read the post below!

November: Travel with Ben Franklin

Bruce Kagan, will bring his program ”In The Footsteps Of Ben;
The Benjamin Franklin Milestone Markers",
to our November meeting (Nov. 17th, 3:30pm).

In 1775 Benjamin Franklin was appointed Post Master General of the Northern Colonies by the King of England. He developed the “post road” in order to make the delivery of mail more efficient.  The Boston Post Road was created on the Connecticut shore and he created our little known post road on the north shore of eastern Long Island

The Long Island road extends thirty miles from Riverhead to Orient Point. In this digital presentation, travel the roads of modern day eastern Long Island by bicycle, tracing Franklin‟s post road, locating many of the remaining markers that sit quietly by the side of the road waiting to tell their story. Travel “In The Footsteps of Ben” and discover this little-known eastern Long Island treasure! 

Annual Christmas Event

Save the Date: 
Mark your calendars for December 7th and 8th 
and invite all your friends to the annual Christmas celebration at Meadow Croft
This year’s theme is Christmas at the Bay
As always the house will be decorated for Christmas and St. Nick is sure to be there!

Christmas committee volunteers are needed:  There will be only two planning meetings for Christmas at Meadow Croft, Christmas at the Bay, 
Saturday, October 5 and Saturday, November 2 at 9:30 AM at Meadow Croft.
  If you can help out on this event please call Gene Horton at 631-363-3487.

Christmas by the Bay at Meadow Croft

Saturday and Sunday, December 7th and 8th, 2013
Noon to 4pm
Admission: $5 for adults and
$3 for seniors & children age 4-12.
Not suitable for children under 4 years of age

The Bayport Heritage Association and the Suffolk County Department of Parks invite the public to their annual Christmas at Meadow Croft event.

Meadow Croft is the 1891 estate of John E. Roosevelt and family. The house will be decorated in a Victorian/Edwardian motif with beautiful wreathes, poinsettias and greenery, magnificently reminiscent of a hundred years ago, reflecting the theme of “Christmas by the Bay.”

·      Musical selections will be played on the original Roosevelt grand piano filling the house with seasonal music.
·      Upstairs, special exhibits, including electric trains, dolls, vintage clothing, woodcarvings, Christmas specialties, and the “Seasonal Fun at Meadow Croft, 1910” will be on display for public enjoyment.
·      Hot chocolate and cookies will add to the coziness of the occasion.
·      St. Nicholas, the Dutch version of Santa Claus, will be there to look up individual children’s names in his ledger. He’ll check to see who’s been ‘naughty and nice’ in 2013.
·      All decorations will be raffled off.

Among the decorators and donors to this weekend event are:
Audrey’s Bakery, BAFFA, Bayport Flower Houses, Bayport Homemakers, Bayport-Blue Point Neighbors and Gardeners, Colorful Visions Glass Art Studio, Daisy Garden, Lea Rose Interior Designs, Rambling Rose, Loughlin Vineyards, Sayville Flowers, and the Sayville Garden Club.

For more information, please contact: Gene Horton, 631-363-6487