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.

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!



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