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 at Meadow Croft 2010

The "1910 Christmas at Meadow Croft"
will be on held on Saturday and Sunday

December 4th and 5th, 2010
12 noon to 4 pm

Visit Santa, see exhibits, eat cookies, drink hot chocolate,
hear carols on the Roosevelt grand piano.

Holiday displays and collections are on exhibit upstairs and rooms will be beautifully decorated by local flower houses, garden and community clubs.

The rooms will be gorgeous in Holiday Finery, all donations by the organizations listed here:
  • Bayport Flower Houses
  • Bayport Homemakers
  • Daisy Garden
  • Lea Rose Interior Designs
  • Le Soir
  • Neighbors & Gardners
  • Audrey's Bakery
  • Rambling Rose
  • Sayville Flowers
  • Sayville Flower & Garden Shop
  • Sayville Garden Club

All arrangements will be raffled,
with the winners to be called December 6th.
If you haven't purchased raffle tickets already,
they can be purchased at Meadow Croft, December 4th & 5th.

Admission: $5 adults, $3 seniors and children 12 and under.
(This event is not suitable for children under 4. Please no strollers.)

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Bayport Heritage Association and the Bayport Memorial Park Board will decorate the
Memorial Park Gazebo
again this year with a lighted tree, roping and bows, the first week of December--
-our own Norman Rockwell lovely holiday scene for the community to enjoy.
Stop by to see the decorations!


November 13, 2010 meeting

Saturday, November 13, 2010 7:30 pm Bayport-Blue Point Library

This month's Presentation:
Artist Lake and the Artist Alonzo Chappel
Story and slideshow by Suzanne Johnson

Suzanne Johnson is the Assistant Director of Middle Country Library and
the President of the Rocky Point Historical Society.
Artist Lake is a glacial kettle-hole, south of route 25 in Middle Island.

Join us to hear about Artist Lake, Alonzo Chappel and
the upcoming events of the Bayport Heritage Association.
Refreshments will be served, as usual.


Volunteers Needed



Chair Person for Christmas at Meadow Croft 
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!    
                    

Gardeners:
The formal heirloom garden is now awake!  
A walk-through with Dan Pichney mid-April with prospective volunteers was educational and enlightening.  We are going to miss him, his vast knowledge, time and effort, along with his generous donations.  Thanks Dan, we are glad you will be just an email away!  
Please feel free to join us on Friday mornings at 9 a.m. or whenever you can get there to enjoy the serene surroundings while getting some exercise and learning from the several Master Gardener Volunteers and perennial curators.


Bring gardening gloves, bucket for compost additions, kneeling pad, any hand garden tools you may have, and a desire to dig in.  We will supply herb flavored water (bring a drinking vessel), pleasant conversation and camaraderie. 
Thank you Lorraine Leacock, (631) 363-3646, Lerain@hotmail.com, for volunteering your time and organizing this year’s beautiful garden. 


Docents: 
The Association is in need of docents at Meadow Croft. It requires very little time, less than two hours a day, two days a month, June through October. 
If you or someone you know is interested in history, please have them contact Harriet Milsten at 631-472-4625.

Committees:
Both the house tour in October and holiday event in December need volunteers. There are so many opportunities to help and a great experience as you mingle with other Bayport/Blue Point residents.

For autumn house tour committee, call Jaci Montgomery, 631-419-6044.
For December Christmas/Holiday event, call Gene Horton, 631-363-6487.

House Tour Reminder!

The 24th Autumn House Tour will take place on
Sunday, October 17, 2010.
1 pm to 5 pm

Tickets, $25, go on sale Friday, October 1st at Country Junque on Middle Road
and the Bayport-Blue Point Library.

Grey Horse Tavern is offering a 10% discount on After-Tour Dinners.
Call for reservations: 631-472-1868

Meeting October 9th, 2010

The monthly meeting, October 9th, 2010
will be a presentation and slide show by Gene Horton.
"Sleeping in Suffolk"
Don't miss this entertaining and informative program!

Heritage meetings are held on the 2nd Saturday of the month
in the Community Room of the Bayport-Blue Point Library.
7:30 pm.
Refreshments are always served.
Please use the Madison Street parking lot. Thank you!

2010 House Tour Scheduled

The 24th Autumn House Tour will take place on
Sunday, October 17, 2010.
1 pm to 5 pm

Tickets, $25, go on sale Friday, October 1st at Country Junque on Middle Road
and the Bayport-Blue Point Library.

Grey Horse Tavern is offering a 10% discount on After-Tour Dinners.
Call for reservations: 631-472-1868

Meeting Information

General Membership Meeting

Next General Meeting

Sunday, September 10th from 2:00-4:00

at the Bayport Blue Point Library

Well-known local historian Noel Gish will help us travel back in time with a Penny Postcard View of Long Island. Real photo postcards tell us so much about Long Island’s past. These photos sold for pennies and were sent through the US mail as a casual way of communication. The postcard period has long since ended with the advent of the telephone, text messaging, and emails. Yet these postcards are worthy of collecting for their beauty, their historical value, and as keys to our regional history. Most importantly, they offer us a glimpse into Long Island’s bygone days.

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 is the former Associate Editor of the Long Island History Journal and in 1996 authored Smithtown 1660-1929: Looking Back through the Lens for the Smithtown Historical Society.
He currently serves as the Chairperson of the Collections Committee for the Suffolk County Historical Society.
Please join us for this informative and fun afternoon!
There will be a raffle and refreshments will be served.

Historic Patchogue River Tour


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The Bayport Heritage Association enjoyed the tour of historic Patchogue River, on August 17th 2010. The weather was perfect for the evening cruise by ferry, along the shores of Bayport and Blue Point and then up the Patchogue River. Patchogue historian Pete Berman narrated the river's history, and Gene Horton and Jim Connell filled in with the local history of Bayport and Blue Point.

The evening was completed with a delicious dinner at Watch Hill on Fire Island. Then we enjoyed the ferry ride back across the Great South Bay to Sayville.
The weather could not have been better! It was an enjoyable evening!
Thanks to everyone who helped with the planning and presentation!
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July Events

July Events 2010

Sunday, July 11th
Bayport heritage and the American League of Pen Women are hosting an art exhibit at
Meadow Croft, 1 pm- 4 pm.
There will be artists painting and exhibiting their work as well as poetry readings
on the front porch and lawn.
Bring a chair and join us!


Thursday, July 22nd
Bayport Heritage is hosting a Community Concert in
Bayport Memorial Park gazebo
7 pm- 8:30 pm
Dave Schecher and the L.I. Brass Guild
will be playing under lights. Bring lawn chairs.
Rainy weather will move us to
the Bayport Methodist Church Sanctuary.
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Annual Yard Sale

Yard Sale

May 15th and 16th, 2010
Stanley's on Gillette Ave, 9 am to 3 pm

May Meeting

The May meeting is scheduled for Saturday,
May 8th, 2010
Bayport-Blue Point Library, 7:30 pm

National Quilting Association teacher and lecturer
Barbara Arnold
will present her program
"Quilts from the Past"

Refreshments will be served as usual.

Please join us!

April 10, 2010 Meeting Scheduled

Our monthly meeting is at the Bayport-Blue Point Library at 7:30pm on April 10th.
Linda Conron, administrator of the
Sayville Historical Society, will present
"West Sayville Through the Years"
Please join us for this interesting presentation!
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Please mark your calendar for these future dates:
May 15 & 16- Our Yard Sale
May 31- Memorial Day Parade
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Our March 13, 2010 meeting

We take pride in stories about our country's historical events, heroes and heroines but what actually happened....?

Join us for "Myths and Legends in American History" given by Martha Kolodkin.
March 13, 2010, 7:30 pm at the Bayport-Blue Point Library.
We will also have the annual business meeting and voting on proposed Board of Directors slate.
Irish refreshments will be served in honor of St. Patrick's Day.
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Don't forget the St. Patrick's Day Parade
Sunday, March 14, 2010!
Rain Date is March 21, same time, same place.
Check the Chamber of Commerce link on the right.
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Dues: Send your annual membership dues to Bayport Heritage Association, PO Box 4, Bayport, NY 11705
Individual $15, Family $25 and Seniors $10
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Meeting February 14th

Our next meeting is
February 14th, 2010 at 2pm
at the Bayport- Blue Point Library.

Our local Historian, Gene Horton, is presenting a lecture and slideshow titled,
First Ladies of the United States (FLOTUS- 19th Century).
(Gene recently entertained us with his FLOTUS-20th Century, which was great fun!)

Join us!

Valentine refreshments will be served.
Also see June Gillette's Antique Valentine collection in the Library LeCluse showcase.
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Next Meeting, January 10th 2010

Come to the next Heritage meeting at the Baypor-BluePoint Library
2 pm Sunday afternoon, January 10th.
Hear about Women in the Revolution: Suzanne Griffing, Regent of the Col. Josiah Smith Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, will tell about how women helped on battle fields and the home front during the years 1776 to 1787.

Reminder: January and February meetings are held on the 2nd sunday of the month at 2 pm at the Library. Also, January is the time to pay 2010 dues.
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