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.

First Bloom Tea, June 9, 2017

The Bayport Heritage Association cordially invites you to our First Bloom Cocktail party.

This event will be held in the historic carriage house on the property of Meadow Croft.

First Bloom Cocktail Party

Friday, June 9th, 2017

299 Middle Road
Sayville, NY

More information:
Join us at Meadow Croft and enjoy a glass of wine or an iced cold beer as you listen to soft jazz and delight in the company of your friends and neighbors. This event will be held outside and in the historic carriage house. 
Tables and chairs will be provided. Cheese platters and finger sandwiches will be served. 
The price is $30.00 per person and proceeds will benefit the continued efforts of preservation and restoring the Meadow Croft Estate.

Please make checks payable to: Bayport Heritage Association. 
The cost is $30.00 pp. 
Also please put the names of those attending and a contact phone number on your check. 
The event will be capped at 200 guests. 
Please mail your payment to:

Bayport Heritage Association
P O Box 4
Bayport NY 11705

This event will occur rain or shine. 
Please dress in comfortable clothes and bug spray may be needed.

ASCHS Meeting, April 29, 2017

ASCHS Quarterly meeting.... 

ASCHS QuarterlyApril 29, 2017
8:30 Registration 
Total cost: $42.00 per person, which includes $5.00 for tours, $35.00 plus 20% gratuity
Deadline Tuesday, April 25, at 4:00 pm,
Make a check payable to ASCHS and mail to:
ASCHS c/o The Gardiner Foundation148 E. Montauk Hwy, Suite 1, 
Hampton Bays NY 11946 (631) 594-3990
9:00 Welcome – Terry Blitman, Executive Director 
Long Island Maritime Museum- Main Building88 West Avenue ~ 
West Sayville, NY 11796 ~ (631) HISTORY
More than 30 sail & powerboats are housed in what was once a W.W.1 US Navy seaplane hanger. On display are iconic catboats by Gil Smith, the one-design Narrasketuck by Wilbur Ketcham, the Herreshoff 12 1/2 and many others.
This cottage is decorated inside and out with original architecture and furnishings making it totally realistic living quarters, just like the abundant cottages on Long Island used by baymen in the late 1800’s.
Originally constructed in Center Moriches, this is one of nine historic buildings on the grounds. You can visit all of them when you’re here.
William Rudolph Oyster House 
The oysters of the east coast, known as the American or Eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginiaca, propagate natururally in select areas where the salinity, temperature, food supply and bottom are in favorable balance. Life Saving Exhibit on View
Lunch: 12noon
Bluestone Tavern21 Montauk Highway, West Sayville, NY 11796 
(Occupancy Max 52) * 10 to 12 stairs to the dinning room at this location
Host Choice of One
House Salad: Mesclun Greens, Cherry Tomatoes and Cucumbers Tossed in Citrus Vinaigrette Classic Caesar Salad: Hearts of Romaine, Garlic Crostini, Shaved Parmesan Cheese, Classic Caesar Dressing
French Breast of Chicken
Applewood Smoked Bacon, Fresh Mozzarella, Sautéed Baby Kale, Apple Demi Glaze
Wild Salmon
Pan Seared with Tomato Mango Chutney
*Chicago Style Ribeye 14 oz
Cabernet Demi Glace
Host Choice of Two
Herb Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes Mashed Potatoes
Grilled Asparagus Creamed Spinach Seasonal Vegetable
Chicken fingers with choice of Carrots or French Fries Pasta with Butter or Marinara Sauce
Host Choice of One
Occasion Cake, Cheesecake Or Chocolate Flourless Cake
Fountain Sodas, Assorted Juices,
Freshly Brewed Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee & Hot Tea

Tom Edmonds, Executive Director
Southampton Historical Museums and Research Center
PO Box 303/17 Meeting House Lane
Southampton, NY 11968
(631) 283-2494

April 9th Meeting, 2017

This month's General Membership meeting will be held on 
Sunday, April 9, 2017
at 2:00 
at the Bayport Blue Point library. 

The guest speakers for this meeting will be BHA members; Gene Horton and Jim Connell
The featured presentation for this meeting was developed in the 1990's as part of a New York State initiative to designate historic zones in towns and villages. 

The project stalled due to lack of State funding but Jim, Gene and other BHA members produced an excellent array of photos and written details about the old homes of Middle Road in Bayport. 
Come on down to the BBP Library and learn about the historic homes of your local neighbors and friends. 
Hope to see you there!
Bayport Heritage meetings are in the 
Community Room of 
the Bayport-Blue Point Library.

Please note the time for each. Refreshments are always served.

Please use the Madison Street parking lot
Thank you!


Click here for the complete April newsletter!

March Newsletter

You can see the complete
Bayport Heritage Association 
Newsletter for March here: 

Meeting: Saturday, March 4, 2017

General Membership Meeting 

This month's General Membership meeting will be held on 
Saturday March 4th 
at 2:00 
at the Bayport Blue Point library. 

*Please note. This is a  Saturday. 

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St Patrick's Day Parade 

Calling all Victorian Leprechauns!

Save the date! On March 12th, 2017 at 11:00, The Bayport-Blue Point Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring its annual St. Patrick's Day parade! Now in its 27th year, the Chamber Committee has selected Karl Auwaerter of Bayport Flower Houses as it's Grand Marshall for 2017! 

All BHA members are encouraged to march in the parade to show their support of the Association and our community. If you would like to join us, please email or call 631-472-4625 for more details.

Meeting: February 12, 2017

Did You Know This About Long Island?

The February general membership meeting will be held at the Bayport Blue Point Library
February 12th, 2017 starting at 2:00. 

The presentation will be by Noel Gish local historian and author.

This talk is a light hearted look at the rich history that is Long Island. Through an examination of the men and women who have lived and worked here we get to see how this island fits into the fabric of our nation's history. From the island the Native Americans called "Paumanauk" to the island the English simply called "Long", the island people have left a past of which we can be very proud. 

Long Island has signers of the Declaration of Independence, visits by Washington, Jefferson and Madison. 
There are others who have passed through our towns and villages . 
Marconi, Edison, Whitman, Wyandanch, Tachapusha, Jupiter Hammon, Harriet Quimby, Teddy Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Josiah Warren, Glenn Curtis, Nathan Hale , Goodie Garlick and Leroy Grumman are just few who have walked this island before us.
Join us for this informative and interesting presentation!

Happy New Year 2017!

Happy New Year! 

We would like to wish a Happy Healthy New Year to all of our members. It is with sincere gratitude we say 'Thank You' to our many volunteers who continue to keep the history of Meadow Croft and the important work of preservation alive in our community. 

Christmas At Meadow Croft 
On December 3rd and 4th hundreds of people and families came out to enjoy Christmas at Meadow Croft. Chairperson Leann Berg was so pleased with the turnout and the support from the many, many volunteers and our charitable vendors who donated items for our raffles. Meadow Croft was warm and inviting as sounds of the holidays drifted through the rooms courtesy of volunteers who played holiday classics on the Roosevelt piano. Old St. Nick was available for photos and hot chocolate and cookies tasted perfect! 
Thank you again to our many volunteers and donors and we look forward to next year where the theme will be Silver and Gold!

General Membership Meeting 

Sunday, January 8th 2017
Bayport Blue Point Public Library- 2:00pm

South Shore's Gilded Age, Presented by Chris Kretz

The South Shore's Gilded Age looks at the development of the Island's original Gold Coast, a stretch of great estates and private preserves clustered around Islip through the second half of the 19th century. Chris will highlight some of the colorful personalities and lost mansions of this period in history.
Chris Kretz is an academic librarian and local history podcaster who has been researching the south shore of Long Island since 2005. He is the co-author of Oakdale from Arcadia Publishing and sits on the board of the Long Island Radio and Television Historical Society as well as the Oakdale Historical Society. 
Chris Kretz is co-host and producer of the Long Island History Project, a podcast that features interviews with historians, librarians, collectors and others interested in Long Island history. He is also the head of Stony Brook University's Southampton Library.

Nominations for BHA Board of Directors 
The nominating committee is developing a slate of members for the 2017 board. There are several seats open; including Vice President and 2 directors. Any current BHA member may serve on the board. It requires only one meeting per month. If you would be willing to serve for the 2017 year, please contact John Amato at 

We are also looking for members to serve on various committees throughout the year. You can work from home! If you have a particular skill or interest (house tour, special events, light clerical and organization) please contact us at 

Historic Plaque 
The BHA is committed to placing other historic plaque in our community similar to the one located on Middle Road in front of John Ellis Roosevelt's Meadow Croft Estate. 

Our next project is to place a historical marker at Bayport's first post office and train station, which is currently owned by the Ruddy brothers, houses their real estate business and is located on the north side of the tracks on the east side of Bayport Ave. This building is one which needs preserving and highlighting as one of our local treasures. William B. Arthur moved this building to its current location from Blue Point Ave. in 1869. He lived in the building and ran a general store, post office and was the first station agent. 
The new plaque has arrived and BHA will hold a ceremony in the spring to celebrate placement of this historic marker. We have worked closely with the Town of Islip historian, George Muckenbeck, to ensure that all historic information is accurate. Stay tuned! 

Docents needed 
If you have an interest in Bayport History and would like to volunteer some time to provide a guided tour of Meadow Croft: WE NEED YOU! The association is in need of docents. It requires very little time, less than two hours a day, two days a month from June through October. You will shadow one of our current knowledgeable docents to learn the rich history of Meadow Croft before you will lead a tour on your own. If this sounds like something you may be interested in, please call Harriet Mihlstin at 631-472-2118. 

Membership for 2017 is now due. The rates have not increased from last year:
Family $25.00
Individual $15.00
Seniors $10.00

Payment can be made by mailing a check to:
Bayport Heritage Association
P.O. Box 4
Bayport, NY 11705
Please include your name, address, phone number and email address. You can also pay in person at our next General Membership meeting to be held at the Bayport BluePoint Library on January 8th 2017 at 2:00. 

We hope to see you there!