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.

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!



MEMORIAL DAY PARADE will be held on May 25th. BHA members are asked to meet on Connetquot Rd at 10:30am and march with the association to Memorial Park on Middle Rd. (Please wear white) 

FIRST BLOOM TEA (BHA members only) will be held Friday June 5, 2015 at 5:30pm on the porch at Meadow Croft. Members please email Jill Hansen to make a reservation and confirm what buffet item you will be bringing. Also remember to bring your own place setting, silverware, tea cup, teapot and beverage. Proper high tea attire is required, as is a donation of $5.00. (Purchase tickets for the Boat Cruise coming in July, at the First Bloom Tea)

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” please leave your name and phone number at 472-4625 and we will get back to you.

Docents: 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
Have you paid your dues this year?

Send your membership to:
Bayport Heritage Association
P.O. Box 4
Bayport, NY 11705

Annual Dues: Family is $25, Individual is $15, and Seniors $10. *Please remember to include your name, address, phone number and Email address

ASCHS Quarterly Meeting: April 25, 2015

ASCHS Quarterly Meeting: Saturday, April 25, 2015 

 Meeting Host: BOHEMIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 1519 Locust Ave., Bohemia, NY 

 Please contact Gene Horton if you would like more information or to attend this event.

Upcoming dates, 2015

We have confirmed dates for our upcoming events. Please mark you calendars.
More information will follow as we plan each event. 

  • Memorial Day Parade--Monday May 25, 2015.  
We will be marching would love our members to join us. 
"Wear  White" and come march.
  • First Bloom Tea--Friday June 5, 2015. 
Members only. ( Purchase tickets for the Boat Cruise at the First Bloom Tea)
  • Annual Boat Cruise-- Tuesday July 28, 2015
  • Summer Concert--Tuesday August 25, 2015 
Held at Memorial Park in Bayport 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Autumn House Tour--Sunday October 18, 2015

Meeting: April 19, 2015

April 19, 2015
Bayport-Blue Point Library
Our local historian, Gene Horton, will present a program filled with 
This program will include stories, information and facts about our two communities, Bayport and Blue Point, and some well-known people, places, organizations, and businesses currently in these two hamlets. 
Come and enjoy this interesting and fun presentation!
As usual, refreshments will be served!

St. Patrick's Day Parade, 2015

This year’s parade will be on 
Sunday March 15, 2015
All heritage association members are invited to march in the parade showing their support of the association and the community. 

Meeting: March 8, 2015

March 8, 2015 at 2:00 PM 
in the Community Room of the Bayport/Blue Point Public Library

John Hodge will be our speaker/performer this month. 
When was the last time you watched a silent movie (Buster Keaton) with a live piano player providing musical accompaniment?
Local musician John Hodge will be doing just that, along with other musicial selections. 

Don’t miss this unique opportunity!


Also, at the meeting: The slate of your Board of Directors for the year 2015/2016 will be voted on at this March 8th meeting. They are:

Jaci Montgomery, President
Bill Hansen, Vice President
Mary Bailey, Corresponding Secretary
Connie Smith, Recording Secretary
Jill Hansen, Treasurer

Directors: Joe Novak, Tom Maher, David Harrenberg, John Amato, Laura Amato

Interesting Lecture

Karl Auwaerter of Bayport Flower Houses will be presenting 
the "History of the Flower Industry in Bayport and Sayville."  
He will discuss the birth of the industry and its impact on the local economy.

Sayville Library 
Sunday, March 1, 2015 
2:00 PM.    

February Meeting, 2015

The February General Membership Meeting of the Bayport Heritage Association will be
 February 8, 2015, 2:00 PM 

Please meet us in the Community Room of the Bayport/Blue Point Library. 

The speaker will be Natalie Naylor on the topic of her latest book, 
Refreshments will be served, as usual. 
See you there!

Meeting: January 11, 2015


Sunday January 11, 2015

2:00 P. M.

Annie McIntyre will present her program on monarch butterflies, their life cycle and migration.

As usual, this event will be in the Community Room of the Bayport/Blue Point Library.
Refreshments will be served!

Suffolk County Historical Society Meeting

Suffolk County Historical Society in Riverhead
MEETING, PROGRAM and LUNCH: Cost $40 per person including gratuity and tax.  
Date:  Sat., Feb. 7, 2015:    
  • 8:30 am:  Registration and morning refreshments    
  • 9:00: President Gail Horton, overview    
  • 9:15:  Katherine Curran, Executive Director - Welcome and Tour    
  • 10:15:   Betty Ann Richardson - Exhibit talk on "Ageless Beauty Dolls"    
  • 12:15-2:30 pm: Lunch at the The Dark Horse Restaurant in Riverhead    
             For questions and instructions for payment: 
Please contact ASCHS Gail Horton at 631-477-0631 or Gene Horton 631-363-6487

The Music of Christmas at Meadow Croft

The Music of Christmas at Meadow Croft

Saturday and Sunday, December 6th and 7th, 2014
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 “The Music of Christmas” musical selections will be played on the original Roosevelt grand piano filling the house with seasonal music.

·      Upstairs, special exhibits 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 2014.
·      All decorations will be raffled off.

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

Meeting, November 9, 2014

November 9th, 2014, Sunday, 2pm
Community Room of the Bayport Blue Point Library

Skip Bement is a musician who has been playing in clubs and concerts in and around New York since 1966. Although he now lives in Bellport, he grew up in the south where he developed his love of PIEDMONT and DELTA BLUES.  He plays this great old music on an acoustic guitar.

Refreshments, as always, will be served.

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!