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.

Middle Road and Bayport's Name

In 1834 a road was built through the middle of the farmlands from Sayville to Blue Point and the road was named Middle Road.
At first the Bayport community was called Middle Road Village, but then renamed Southport.
Since there was another village upstate called Southport, the name had to be changed again.
When the Post Office was set up in 1858, the name was changed to Bayport.

Trip to Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn

The Bayport Heritage trip and guided tour through Green-Wood Cemetery, brought us to the plot of the Roosevelt family, and the headstone of John Ellis Roosevelt,
the owner of Meadow Croft.
Our guided tour also included the Bourne family mausoleum and other historical sites.
It was a lovely day, and an educational trip into the past.

ASCHS Information

Association of Suffolk County Historical Societies (ASCHS) 
The Association offers special tours and programs for all those interested in the history of the towns, villages, and communities of Suffolk County, Long Island, New York.

Upcoming Quarterly Meetings:
(2014)
January 25     Amityville Historical Society
April 26     Rock Hall Museum
July 26      Eastville Community Historical Society
October 25     East Hampton Historical Society

(2015)
January 25     Suffolk County Historical Society

CONTACTS:
Newsletter:  Tom Edmonds (631) 283-2494
President:  Gail Horton (631) 477-0631
Secretary:  Peggy Murphy (631) 765-3598

Upcoming Event: July 21, 2009

Bayport Heritage is hosting a "Thank You to the Community" 
concert at Bayport Memorial Park. 
Dave Schecher and the LI Brass Guild will be on stage in the 
Town of Islip Showmobile...under lights with sound.
Bring folding chairs! See you there!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 7:00 pm

Suffolk County Historical Societies

Suffolk County Historical Societies
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AMAGANSETT HISTORICAL SOCIETY


PO Box 7077 

Amangansett, New York 11930

516-267-3020


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AMITYVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY


170 Broadway 

Amityville, New York 11701

516-598-1486


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BAYPORT HERITAGE ASSOCIATION
PO Box 4
Bayport, New York 11705
http://bayportheritage.org 
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BABYLON VILLAGE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
PO Box 484
Babylon, NY 11702
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BELLPORT-BROOKHAVEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY


31 Bellport Lane 

Bellport, New York 11713

516-286-0888


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BOHEMIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY


PO Box 67

Bohemia, New York 11716

516-244-2707


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BRIDGEHAMPTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY


Main Street 

Bridgehampton, New York 11932

516-537-1088


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EAST HAMPTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY


101 Main Street

East Hampton, New York 11937

516-324-6850


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EAST ISLIP HISTORICAL SOCIETY


East Islip,
New York

516-581-1384


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FRIENDS FOR LONG ISLAND'S HERITAGE
1864 Muttontown Road
Syosset, NY 11791
 (516)571-7600
P.O. Box 144
West Sayville, NY 11796 
(631)854-4971
Friends for Long Island's Heritage operates many museums
and historical sites throughout Long Island.
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GREENLAWN-CENTERPORT HISTORICAL ASSN. AND MUSEUM


31 Broadway 

Box 354 

Greenlawn, New York 11740 

516-754-1180
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HAMPTON BAYS HISTORICAL & PRESERVATION SOCIETY
140 West Montauk Hwy

PO Box 588

Hampton Bays NY 11946

631-728-0887
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HUNTINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY


209 Main Street

Huntington, New York 11743

(516) 427-7045 voice

(516) 427-7056 fax

hunthistory@juno.com


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IRISH FAMILY HISTORY FORUM


PO Box 67 

Plainview, New York 11803-0067

516-616-3587

ifhf@ifhf.org

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ITALIAN GENEALOGICAL GROUP


7 Grayon Drive

Dix Hills, New York 11746
Bethpage Public Library

47 Powell Avenue

Bethpage, New York


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JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONG ISLAND


5 Know Place 

Dix Hills, New York 11746

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JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONG ISLAND


37 Westcliff Drive

Dix Hills, New York 11746-5627

 rsteinig@suffolk.lib.ny.us
Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library

999 Old Country Road

Plainview, New York


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LAKE RONKONKOMA HISTORICAL SOCIETY


PO Box 2716 

Lake Ronkonkoma, New York 11779 

516-467-3152


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LINDENHURST HISTORICAL SOCIETY


PO Box 296 

215 S. Wellwood Ave.

Lindenhurst, New York 11757

516-957-4385
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LLOYD HARBOR HISTORICAL SOCIETY


Lloyd Harbor Road

Lloyd Harbor, New York 11743 

516-424-6110


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MATTITUCK HISTORICAL SOCIETY


Route 25 at Cardinal Drive

PO Box 766 

Mattituck, New York 11952

516-298-5248

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MILLER PLACE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
1720 William Miller House

Box 651

N. Country Road

Miller Place, New York 11764
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MONTAUK HISTORICAL SOCIETY


Montauk Hwy. 

Montauk, New York 11954

516-668-5340


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MORICHES BAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY


Chet Swezey & Montauk Hwy.

Center Moriches, New York 11934 

516-878-1776


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NEW YORK FOLKLORE SOCIETY
P.O. Box 764

Schenectady, NY 12301

518/346-7008


nyfs@nyfolklore.org
For folklore collected by scholars and lay people throughout the state. 


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NORTHPORT HISTORICAL SOCIETY


215 Main Street 

Northport, New York 11768

516-757-9859


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OYSTER BAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
20 Summit St.

P.O. Box 297

Oyster Bay, New York 11771

(516) 676-7077


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OYSTERPONDS HISTORICAL SOCIETY


Village Lane 

PO Box 844 

Orient, New York 11957

516-323-2480


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PORT JEFFERSON HISTORICAL SOCIETY


115 Prospect Street

Box 586

Port Jefferson, New York 11777

516-473-2665


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PUERTO RICAN-HISPANIC GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY


25 Ralph Avenue

Brentwood, New York 11717


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ROCKY POINT HISTORICAL SOCIETY
PO Box 1720
Rocky Point, NY 11778
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SAG HARBOR HISTORICAL SOCIETY


PO Box 1709 

Sag Harbor, New York 11963

516-725-5092


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SAYVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY


PO Box 41 

39 Edwards Street

Sayville, New York 11782
516-563-0186
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SHELTER ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY


PO Box 847-24

North Ferry Road 

Shelter Island, New York 11964 

631-749-0025
sihissoc@optonline.net
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SMITHTOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY


Rte. 25 A 

Smithtown, New York 11787

516-265-6768
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SOCIETY FOR THE PRESERVATION
OF LONG ISLAND ANTIQUITIES (SPLIA)
161 Main Street

P.O. Box 148

Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724

(631)692-4664

S.P.L.I.A. owns a large number of historical buildings on Long Island, many of which are open to the public.


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SOUTHAMPTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY


17 Meeting House Lane

Southampton, New York 11968

516-283-2494


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SOUTHOLD HISTORICAL SOCIETY


Main Road & Maple Lane
P.O. Box 1

Southold, New York 11971

516-765-5500
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STIRLING HISTORICAL SOCIETY


Main Street

Greenport, New York 

516-477-0099


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STONY BROOK HISTORICAL SOCIETY


Box 802

Stony Brook, New York 11790 


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SUFFOLK COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY


300 W. Main Street

Riverhead, New York 11901 

(516)-727-2881
(631)727-2881
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THREE VILLAGE HISTORICAL SOCIETY


 
93 North Country Road
Setauket, NY 11733
(631) 751-3730
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WADING RIVER HISTORICAL SOCIETY


North Country Road 

Wading River, New York 11792

516-929-4082


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WESTHAMPTON BEACH HISTORICAL SOCIETY
PO Box 686
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
631-288-1139
whbhistorical@optonline.net
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WILLIAM K. VANDERBILT 
HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Box 433

Oakdale, New York 11769


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YAPHANK HISTORICAL SOCIETY


Yaphank Avenue and Main Street

Yaphank, New York 11980

516-924-3401


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History of Meadow Croft

This brief history of Meadow Croft 
was prepared by Mr. Donald Weinhart,
 the founder of the Bayport Heritage Association.

Meadow Croft is located on Middle Road in Sayville, New York in the middle of the Suffolk County Sans Souci Lake Nature Preserve which divides Sayville on the west from Bayport on the east. The approach to the estate is among the most haunting and beautiful on Long Island, over a narrow concrete bridge and up a long dirt drive embedded in tall marsh grass. Waving in the wind, this grass beckons the visitor back to the Gold Coast period, for Meadow Croft exists in a remarkable state of preservation evocative of the first third of the twentieth century when it was last occupied. The only outside building which is visible from inside the estate is the adjacent St. Ann's Episcopal Church, its carillon peeling us back to the late nineteenth century when the estate was formed.

The estate occupies a large tract of land dividing the east and west branches of Brown's Creek which flows into the Great South Bay. The main house, facing due south toward this bay, is divided into two sections: two original mid-nineteenth century farmhouses which were used for servants' quarters in the Gold Coast era and a larger, more formal Colonial Revival main block designed by the local architect Isaac H. Green in 1891-1892. The older farmhouse, gable-roofed and clapboarded, include a porch, kitchen, pantry and servants' kitchen, the latter completely paneled in original summer paneling. The Colonial Revival main block, hip-roofed, clapboarded and plastered at the corners, includes a main parlor, dining room, and four bedrooms in addition to a generous foyer and partially finished attic. The full porch extends out to form a porte-cochere over the main entrance. Two bathrooms protrude from the second story of the main house, cantilevered out from the Colonial Revival main block. Installed in 1908, these represent the only important alterations to the original structure. The estate outbuildings include a garage, stable/bam, coach house, caretaker's cottage, and poured concrete swimming pool of early twentieth century vintage.

The John E. Roosevelt estate records with outstanding fidelity the origins of Long Island's Gold Coast era in bucolic farmlife and summer resort activity because of its early date, moderate size, remarkable state of preservation, and transitional farmhouse/summerhouse character. Dedicated to the Suffolk County Historic Trust and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Washington DC, Meadow Croft promises to deliver cultural and educational benefits to Suffolk County citizens and visitors for decades.

Meadow Croft is notable as an early Colonial Revival residence by Isaac Henry Green (1858-1937), one of Long Island's most important Beaux Arts architects and one of Sayville's most notable citizens. Green spent nearly all his life in Sayville where he designed many buildings including the old '88 School house (now destroyed), St. Ann's Episcopal Church, the present clubhouse of the West Sayville Golf Course (the former Hard estate), and the Oystermen's Bank and Trust Company Building in downtown Sayville. He is also credited with the main buildings for the first and second Maidstone Clubs in East Hampton, dating from the 1890's. Green's chief claim to fame on the national scene derives from his pioneering use of the Dutch Revival style beginning in the Hamptons as early as the 1890's. This style is signaled at Meadow Croft in the Dutch double doors of the main foyer which may refer to the Dutch ancestry of the Roosevelt family.

As one of the major Long Island homesteads of the famous Roosevelt family which has figured so prominently in American public life, Meadow Croft carries special historical associations. Three Roosevelts can be associated with the estate: Robert Bamwell Roosevelt (1829-1906) who purchased part of the land on which Meadow Croft sits, his nephew President Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) who often visited the property, and Robert's son, a cousin of the President, (John Ellis Roosevelt, 1853-1939), an legal advisor to the President who commissioned the estate in 1891. Robert Bamwell Roosevelt was an important New York State reform politician, United State Congressman from 1871 to 1873, and one of America's earliest conservationists. Meadow Croft's present status as part of the Sans Souci Lake Country Nature preserve perpetuated this well known interest of the Roosevelt family. President Theodore Roosevelt is well-known nationally and internationally as the colorful leader of the "Rough Riders" in the Spanish-American War, Progressive Republican Governor of New York from 1899 to 1900, President of the United States from 1901 to 1908, and Nobel Prize winner in 1906 in the category of Peace. John Ellis Roosevelt was a well- known New York City investment banker and an active contributor to Long Island's social life through his participation in clubs and sports such as cycling and sailing.                         © Donald Weinhart



Tour the Meadow Croft Estate


photo © 2009 Alida Thorpe
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Saturday & Sunday, from June through October, Meadow Croft is open for visitors.
Tours will be Saturday and Sunday, 2 pm

Directions: Long Island Expressway (Route 495) to Exit 62 South (Nicolls Road.) At end, turn right onto Montauk Highway (Route 27A). Go about one mile and at Amoco Gas Station, turn left onto McConnell Ave. Go to end, make right onto Middle Road. Entrance is on the right.

Meadow Croft House Tours open Sat. & Sun. 2-4pm June - October

The John Ellis Roosevelt Home known as Meadow Croft located at 200 Middle road in Sayville.

John Ellis Roosevelt and his family escaped the summer heat of the city for the cooling breezes of Long Island. The original house was built in 1867, purchased by the Roosevelt's in 1890 and expanded in the colonial Revival style by noted architect, Isaac Green Jr. 

It was owned by the Roosevelt's for nearly a century. By the early 1980's, the house had fallen into disrepair and was threatened with being lost. Bayport Heritage Association came to its rescue, approaching the county and creating a partnership. 

During the tour new exhibits include works from local artists, the auto Barn and the long awaited Carriage house.
Pack a picnic lunch, take a tour, then go back and do some wine tasting at Loughlin Vineyards.
Hope to see you there!

For more information email us at bbphistorial@gmail.com or check us out 
on Facebook at "Bayport Heritage Association".
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