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. In June 2018, Blue Point joined the Association to include both communities.

Monday, October 1, 2018

October 2018 Newsletter

Join us at our next general membership meeting 
 Bayport-Blue Point Library 
on Sunday, October 14th at 2 o’clock.


The Life and Legend of John K. Hackett, Long Island's Pistol-Packing Judge.

Forgotten now but a hero and celebrity during the 1800's, John K. Hackett was many things: a kid from Queens, son of a famous Shakespearean actor, an avid hunter and fisherman, a Forty-Niner, a practical joker and the deadliest pistol shot of his day. One of the founders of the Southside Sportsmen’s Club, he had a deep love for Long Island’s natural landscape. He also had a reputation as an upright judge during the dark days of Boss Tweed’s Tammany Hall. This talk will take you through the colorful, violent and surprising story of his life and times, from the seedy New York underworld to the raucous life of the Long Island sportsman. We will also track Hackett’s rise and fall, and look at why he and his era have been forgotten by history.


Please help us welcome Chris Kretz for this fascinating presentation. Chris is a librarian and co-author of Oakdale by Arcadia Press. Along with Connie Currie, Chris hosts the entertaining and informative podcast The Long Island History Project.



From the podcast’s web site: The Long Island History Project is a bi-monthly podcast featuring interviews with researchers, authors, filmmakers, collectors and any person with a passion for the history of this riotous island. From tales of revolutionary spies to memories of one-legged stock car racers, we seek to bring you authentic voices with compelling stories to tell. We also aim to shine a light on those people and organizations working to preserve Long Island’s heritage.

Please check out the podcast at http://www.longislandhistoryproject.org or download at Apple Podcasts.


Save the Dates
Due to the library’s closure for Veterans Day, next month’s general membership meeting will be held on Sunday, November 25. Our speaker will be Bob Doxsee, Jr., who will present The Doxsee Legacy: Growing Up in a Fishing and Clamming Family. Check out next month’s newsletter for more information.


Our meeting dates for 2019 are 2/10, 3/3, 4/14, and 5/15. All meetings will be held at the Bayport-Blue Point Library and begin at 2 pm. Hope to see you there!

Historical Scavenger Hunt

As you may have heard, our annual House Tour was cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances with securing historic homes. As disappointed as everyone was, our Vice President Leanne Berg has come up with a wonderful Autumnal Activity for our whole community to enjoy!

Introducing.....a Historical Scavenger Hunt!

On Saturday October 27th, or a rain date of October 28th, the BBPHA will host a Historical Scavenger Hunt through our hamlets. Registration will begin at Meadow Croft at 12:00 and each participant or family will receive an envelope with 9 clues to guide you to various historical locations in Bayport and Blue Point. Once you have discovered the location based on the clues, a volunteer will present you with a special token to show that you have visited the site. The final location will bring you back to Meadow Croft where participant prizes will be awarded. Once back at Meadow Croft, there will be pumpkin decorating, raffle baskets, apple cider, cookies for all to enjoy, and more!

Please note: there will be a small fee of $5.00 to participate. This is NOT a timed event so please drive carefully through our community. The day will end at 3:00. For more information or if you would like to volunteer, please call Leanne Berg at 631-235-1702.

A day of learning and family fun!
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Christmas at Meadow Croft

Save the dates!

Christmas at Meadow Croft will be December 1st & 2nd 2018 from 12:00-4:00. The theme this year will be The 12 Days of Christmas! Volunteers are always needed to help with this event. Please call Leanne Berg if you are interested, have something to be raffled off or have a display that fits our theme. Her number is 631-235-1702. There will be many raffles, baskets, gift cards and refreshments will be served. The decorations and ornaments that are donated will also be raffled off at end of 2nd day. Winner need not be present. There is something for everyone as St Nicholas will be on hand to take photos, piano music will be played on the Roosevelt piano and more!

637 Middle Road- This Old House

What a shame! Another old Bayport house will probably succumb to the wrecking ball at some point in the near future or fall down upon itself. The home at 637 Middle Road is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sanford who have owned it since 1979. The home is on the north side of Middle Road and has a 3 feet high picket fence in front.
The home has a storied past. The BBP Heritage Association archives revealed information on past owners and in 1979, the NYS Division of Historic Preservation conducted a building structure inventory on the residence. The inventory describes the building built before 1858 as a wood-frame house with interlocking joints and clapboard siding. Additionally, there is an old gable roof board and batten barn with a gable on the front and sawtooth decoration.

The house belonged to Mr. Edmond Weeks in 1858. The Weeks family is among Bayport's earliest. Silas Mapes owned the home after Edmund Weeks until 1883. In 1883, the home was purchased by Lieutenant Charles W. Hayes who had been renting the home in the summers for several years. Lt. Hayes named the home "Heart Ease." In 1888, Lt. Hayes sold the home to Wilson R. Smith who sold it to A. L Atherton of New York city in 1915. In the 1920's, the home was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Arthur A. Hoefler. The Hoefler's grandson, Mr. E. Bond lived there for a sometime in the thirties. Mr. Bond had written to the BBPHA in 1997 to share some memories and inquire as to the status of the house. The Hoefler's sold the home to Mr. Engerling in 1946 and the Sanford's (current owners) bought it in 1979.

The Town of Islip has intervened several times in an attempt to clean up the property. It is presumed that the Sanford's are current on the taxes and the home is not considered abandoned although it certainly looks that way. We hope this house can be saved by someone. It was a beautiful structure and one of Bayport's earliest.

~ reported by John Amato
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Thank you!

A special Thank You to Ann Soper for all of her hard work with our heirloom garden. Ann, a master gardener, worked tirelessly to tend to the crops and then donated all of the produce to the Sayville Food pantry on behalf of the BBPHA. It truly was a labor of love!Thank you Ann!

BBPHA

Reminder: House tours are still on every Sat and Sun 2-4:00 through the month of October! Meadow Croft is beautiful in the fall! Check it out!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

2018 House Tour Cancelled

2018 House Tour Cancelled

Dear Members and Friends,

We regret to inform you that this year's house tour scheduled for October 21st 2018 has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances with several of the tour homes. The BBPHA committee worked tirelessly securing homes, gathering specific details to describe the homes, organizing an extensive list of volunteers, working with local papers to advertise and promote, assigning antique cars to be part of the day and countless other duties to make this day a success. But unfortunately, in order to have a successful event we need the stars of the show; those incredible, magnificent homes of Bayport and Blue Point to showcase the rich history, unusual architecture or fascinating home renovations found in our community. So, when committed hosts cancel or change their minds at the 11th hour, we must cancel the tour.

We would like to thank all who gave countless hours to prepare for this event or who committed themselves in one way or another. It truly is a group effort to make an event like this a success. Please disregard any advertisements and share with friends who look forward to this tour every year.The BBPHA will assess this event for the future.

Sincerely,
The BBPHA Board

Saturday, September 1, 2018

September 2018 Newsletter

General Membership meeting
 
Please join us for our first general membership meeting of the season on  
September 9th 
 from 2:00-4:00 at the BBP Library.
Our program will feature, direct from across the pond, Mr. Tom Love of Islip, Northamptonshire, England - the namesake of our fair town.

Tom is a former Islip Town councilman and has made numerous visits to Islip NY USA in this capacity. Likewise, several former Islip Town elected officials have visited Islip, England and have been able to see first hand the historic St. Nicholas Church (pictured below) which features a cross dating back to 1226. They were also able to view the Nine Arches Bridge, and Washington House, the birthplace of George Washington's mother.

Tom will share the connections of the two townships named Islip. Tom is a delightful speaker and we look forward to this interesting lecture! We hope to see you there!

31st Annual Autumn House Tour

The BBPHA has sponsored an Autumn House Tour showcasing the beautiful homes of residents in both Bayport and Blue Point for 31 years. This year is no exception! We already have commitments from our neighbors and friends for 6 homes which will make this years tour outstanding! The date of the tour will be  
Sunday, October 21st, 1pm to 5pm
and tickets will be available by September 23rd.

Learn about local history and view 6 lovely historic homes. Meadow Croft will be serving refreshments and tours of this home will be available.

Please note that out of respect for the homeowners, children under 12, high heels, food or drink, and cameras will not be permitted. Tickets are on sale for $ 30.00 and can be purchased at Bayport Flower Houses, BBP Library and Century 21 Bay's Edge Realty on Main Street in Sayville. The tour will start at 1:00 and end at 5:00. If you are willing to help please call or email us. Contact information found below.
There are a limited number of tickets so purchase them early so you will not miss out. Looking forward to another wonderful BBPHA event!

Summer concerts

A special Thank You to BBPHA board member Dave Harenberg for setting up our two free summer concerts this year. In July, the community was treated to the elegant sounds of J. K. Hodge playing his piano at Bayport Memorial Park. It was a great crowd and a beautiful night! We followed this concert with another FREE concert in August featuring, Soundswell. The crowd was singing and dancing as they enjoyed another great band. Thank you to all of our friends in the community who came out to join us for these FREE events!

Christmas at Meadowcroft

Save the dates!

Christmas at Meadow Croft will be December 1st & 2nd from 12:00-4:00. The theme this year will be The 12 Days of Christmas! Volunteers are always needed to help with this event. Please call Leanne Berg if you are interested, have something to be raffled off or have a display that fits our theme. Her number is 631-235-1702. There will be raffles and refreshments will be served. The decorations and ornaments that are donated will be raffled off at end of 2nd day. Winner need not be present. Something for everyone as St Nicholas will be on hand to take photos, piano music will be played on the Roosevelt piano and more!

More information to follow next month.
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The Sayville Yacht Club

This excerpt from the story featured in the September issue of the Bayport Blue Point Gazette is reprinted with permission from the author, Danielle Golden Giglio

Nestled on the shores of the Great South Bay in Blue Point is the Sayville Yacht Club. From land or water, it is always a gorgeous summer sight to see the sailboats gliding along the bay in front of the club.
But the age-old questions is - why is the Sayville Yacht Club in Blue Point? Founded 117 years ago, by some familiar names - Post, Suydam, and John Ellis Roosevelt, it was called Southside Yacht Club. The first Commodore was John E. Roosevelt of the Meadow Croft Estate and meetings were held at his home. About 1910 the club became more aligned with Sayville when John E. Roosevelt's cousin President Teddy Roosevelt would race with Southside Yacht Club at the foot of Foster Avenue in Sayville. During WWII the club was officially incorporated under the name Sayville Yacht Club (SYC). Lispendard Suydam of Blue Point in 1957 offered SYC a great deal of a piece of property on Boylan Lane where the present-day club resides.
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Thank you!

Thank you to all who have sent in membership dues. These monies go a long way to provide free programs and needed improvements at the Meadow Croft Estate. It's our friends and community that make this volunteer work so meaningful. On behalf of the BBPHA board, Thank you to all!!

BBP Heritage Association

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

August 2018 Newsletter!

Moonlight Cruise
On July 26th 2018, over 70 people enjoyed a spectacular moonlight cruise along the south shore featuring the historic homes and properties located in Blue Point, Bayport and Sayville. The weather cooperated and the sunset and full moon were luminescent! Frank Geibfried and John Amato were the tour guides for this event and did a fantastic job. They shared the histories and intricacies of these lovely houses and facts about the area along the shore. The Sayville Ferry provided the perfect vantage point to see all the action. There was a pit stop at the Snapper Inn where everyone enjoyed some time for libations and socializing. The BBPHA is thankful to all who came out and supported our historical organization.

Free Concert in the Park

Once again, BBPHA will provide a FREE concert in the park featuring Soundswell!

On Thursday night August 9th from 6:00-8:00 at Bayport Memorial Park located on Middle Road, the band Soundswell will play a free concert. Soundswell is a local 9 piece band that plays original music as well as covers from other artists. They have a bluesy, reggae, surfer-vibe that's great for dancing or clapping along. so bring your lawn chairs, some food, beverages, and bug spray. To get a preview, click here. Don't forget...it's FREE!!
Hope to see you there!
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The Heirloom Garden at MC

Our master garden volunteer, Anne Soper has done a phenomenal job and has created a gorgeous and fruitful garden at Meadow Croft. Lorraine is meticulous and tends to the garden almost daily. As the crops become ready for picking, she donates all proceeds to the Sayville Food Pantry on behalf of the BBPHA. Thank you Anne for your efforts!

Autumn House Tour

Our annual Autumn Historic House Tour is held in October each year and it is never too early to start planning! This is a wonderful opportunity to view some magnificent, historical, unusual or architectural significant homes in the Bayport Blue Point community. It is also a huge undertaking and our biggest fundraiser so we can continue to provide free activities to our communities and upkeep of the Meadow Croft Estate. If you have a home that you would like to consider for the tour or would like to help in any way, please contact us at our information provided below.

Odds and ends.....

A few reminders:

Meadow Croft House Tours: Historic tours of the Roosevelt Estate are happening every weekend from now through October. The times are 2:00-4:00 on Saturday and Sunday. See how life was in the early 1900's as you experience a guided tour with a trained docent. Always something new to see and learn!

Camp Tabat display: A wonderful display of memorabilia from the local Camp Tabot is currently on display at Meadow Croft. Camp Tabot was a children's camp located at the end of Boylan Lane in Blue Point and was in operation during the 40's, 50's and 60's. Come on down to MC and check it out!

Thanks JK Hodge: On July 12th, the BBPHA provided our first FREE summer concert featuring JK Hodge and friends. It was a beautiful night, great music and a good time was had by all. Thanks to Board member Dave Harenberg who organizes our summer concerts.

Membership: As a gentle reminder; your membership is now due. A postcard was sent to all homes in July with the details. Your support allows the BBPHA to continue to preserve and celebrate the heritage of our great communities. Please consider joining today! Annual family fee is $25.00. Seniors are $10.00. Corporate Accounts are $100.00 and we accept any monetary donations you care to provide. They can be sent to PO Box 4 Bayport NY 11705 or a new PayPal feature on our new website! Information is found below. Thank you to all of our long time members and many, many new friends who have joined! Your support goes a long way! Thank you!

BBP Heritage Association

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

ASCHS Annual Meeting, July 28, 2018

ASCHS Annual Meeting

Hosted by Roslyn Landmark Society

Please join us on Saturday July 28th 2018 for this wonderful event. There is a $45.00 registration fee for all of these activities and the lunch. Enjoy!


8:30 am – 9:10 am RegistrationNassau County Museum of Art, One Museum Road, Roslyn Harbor. Large parking lot, handicap available adjacent to Museum building
  • Light breakfast will be available on second floor

    9:10 am – 9:45 am Welcome

    9:45 am – 10:45 am – Tour: Nassau County Museum of Art, One Museum Road, Roslyn Harbor

  • 10:45 am – Leave for Cedarmere

    11:00 am – 11:45 am – Tour: Cedarmere & Cedarmere Mill, 225 Bryant Avenue, Roslyn Harbor Parking available in upper & lower parking lots (lower level lot is a 500-foot walk). A few handicap parking spaces are adjacent to building.

12:00 pm– 12:45 pm – Tour of the Waterfront at Roslyn, 55 Lumber Road
Parking spots have been reserved on the harbor side near the Viaduct.
  • Visit to an excellent example of a commercial adaptive reuse building. Viewing and demonstration of Howard Kroplick’s historic automobiles including: 1909 Alco Beast Racer that won the 1909 and 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Races, 1937 Chrysler Imperial LeBaron owned by Walter and Della Chrysler and a 1966 Shelby Mustang GT-350 H Hertz Rent-A-Racer

    12:45 pm – Stop and view the Roslyn Grist Mill on the way to Hendricks Tavern (lunch)
  • Parking lot available on Lumber Road to view back of the Mill


    1:00 pm – Lunch at Hendrick’s Tavern (site of President George Washington’s breakfast with Hendrick Onderdonk on April 24, 1790) - 1305 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn – Valet parking available

    Annual Meeting Presentation and Feedback from Historical Societies



    After Lunch Self-Guided Walking Tour of the Village of Roslyn
  • Walk or drive the historic Village of Roslyn. Tour the historic district and take note of the Roslyn Grist Mill, 1630 Van Nostrand Starkins House, the Mackay Horse Statue, historic homes down Main Street, the Roslyn Clock Tower and the historic homes along East Broadway and Gerry Park. A self-guided tour packet will be given with several historic home descriptions.


Sunday, July 8, 2018

Reminders: July 2018


Historic Moonlight Cruise: July 26th, 2018

Reminder: The historic moonlight cruise is filling up quickly so send your checks in as soon as possible. You can send them to Bayport Blue Point Heritage Association, PO Box 4, Bayport, NY 11705. 
To make it easier, we also now have a PayPal or credit card option by clicking here
This is a wonderful fun night on the Great South Bay! Bring your friends or neighbors! Tickets are $30.00 per person. We will be launching on Thursday, July 26, 2018 from the Sayville Fire Island Ferry terminal on Brown's River and heading out to the Great South Bay leaving at 6:00 PM. You must be on the ferry by 5:45 so don't be late!
Please have your money in to secure your spot, as we have until July 11th to secure the needed 55 seats or the cruise will be cancelled.

We will cruise out to the bay as John Amato and Frank Geibfreid team up to highlight the historic sites along the shore in Bayport and Blue Point. The boat will then head up the Connetquot River and make a stop at the Snapper Inn for cocktails. We will head back to Brown's River under a beautiful full moon and dock at approximately 9:30. Cocktails at the Snapper are on your own. You are allowed to bring some food/snacks in a cooler on the ferry (no alcohol). Cruisers will park at the Sayville Ferry freight parking lot free of charge. Questions? Call us, 631-472-4625.

In the event of rain, the trip will be cancelled. Hope you can join us!

Concert in the Park ~ This Thursday! July 12th, 2018

Don't forget!!
Thursday July 12th at 6:00, come join us for a FREE concert in Bayport Memorial Park featuring JK Hodge and his band. The weather forecast is for beautiful weather and melodic sounds filling the air to share good times with good friends. Bring your lawn chairs, some food/beverages, and bug spray for a toe tapping good time! To hear a sample of Jk's music, click here. Another free event sponsored by the BBP Heritage Association!
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Sunday, July 1, 2018

July 2018 Newsletter

NEW NAME!
It is with pleasure and pride that we announce that The Bayport Heritage Association has merged with our neighbors in Blue Point to form the Bayport Blue Point Heritage Association. The two communities have been closely connected through history in so many ways, so after many discussions, the decision was made by the executive board to merge the communities to make one association. Since the association is chartered by the NYS Department of Education as an educational entity, there was some paperwork to do to officially change the name and add Blue Point. That work was done by the firm of Ingerman Smith with Chris Clayton Esq. a Blue Pointer and association member and Steven Goodstadt Esq. We thank the gentleman for their pro bono work on our behalf. You should have already received our official announcement card in your U.S. mail. Join us for upcoming events, weekend tours or join membership today!

Historic Plaque marker

On June 9th 2018, the BBPHA placed a historical marker at the William B. Arthur building at 293 Bayport Ave. The building is currently owned by the law firm of Bruce Vetri and Joseph LaCapra. It was a beautiful morning and the executive board and a small group of visitors were on hand to witness the unveiling. John Amato made the presentation which begun with how the building came to Bayport from Blue Point Ave. moved by a team of horses which pulled the building along Montauk Highway, which was then called the South Country Road in the year 1869. William B. Arthur ran a general store, became the first post master and was a ticket agent for the South Side Rail Road, which later became the Long Island Railroad. We are pleased with how the project turned out. Please stop and take a look at the marker on your way up or down Bayport Ave.

4th graders visit Meadow Croft

On a beautiful spring day under sunny skies, 75 students and their teachers from Academy Street Elementary School in the BBP School district walked to Meadow Croft. They were met by trained docents who divided up the group and shared the rich history of John Ellis Roosevelt's summer home. Students loved the tour and marveled that President Teddy Roosevelt visited his cousin and the property on horseback all the way from Oyster Bay. They had lots of questions and returned to Academy Street with a new found respect for a piece of local history, found right in our own backyard.
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Concert in the Park

The BBPHA loves to give back to our community where we live and because of that reason we are planning a FREE concert in the park! This evening concert will feature JK Hodge, a local Bayporter who plays the piano. JK and his band will perform this concert on July 12th 2018 from 6:00-8:00 at Bayport Memorial Park right on Middle Road. Bring your lawn chair and bug spray, something to eat or drink and get ready to enjoy some great music with a fun crowd! FREE! Hope to see you there.

Flyer for Membership

Thanks to the efforts of one of our Board members, Dennis Fagan, a post card flyer has been sent out to all of the households in Bayport and Blue Point. This postcard has information about membership, upcoming events, our mission and contact information.
Special thanks go to James Neville for the logo and Maureen at Fantasticgraphicsusa.com for the flyer design. Please join our membership drive to help keep the history of our communities alive and preserved for future generations! Thanks Dennis!

**Please note that the concert date is July 12th for JK Hodge.
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Boat Cruise

The moonlight cruise on the bay is back by popular demand and will be launching on Thursday, July 26, 2018. We are pleased to bring back the historic cruise which ran for many years leaving from the Sayville ferry terminal on Brown's River and heading out to the Great South Bay. The cruise will leave from the Fire Island ferry terminal at 6:00 PM and head out to the bay. You must be on the ferry by 5:45.

If you have not sent in your money to secure your spot, please do so as we have until July 11th to secure the needed 55 seats or the cruise will be cancelled.

Cruise will begin from the Sayville Ferry dock on Brown's River. We will cruise out to the bay as John Amato and Frank Geibfreid team up to highlight the historic sites along the shore in Bayport and Blue Point. The boat will then head up the Connetquot River and make a stop at the Snapper Inn for cocktails. We will head back to Brown's River under a beautiful full moon and dock at 9:30. Tickets are $30.00 pp which includes the cruise only. Cocktails at the Snapper are on your own. You are allowed to bring some snacks in a cooler on the ferry (no alcohol). Cruisers will park at the Sayville Ferry freight parking lot free of charge. Please send checks made payable to the Bayport Blue Point Heritage Association and an old-fashioned hand written note with the names of those sailing, phone and email addresses and the correct total on the check. You can send your payment and this information to: BBPHA PO Box 4 Bayport NY 11705 or go to our website to pay with Pay Pal. www.BayportBluePointHeritage.org
In the event of rain, the trip will be cancelled. Hope you can join us!

Library table

Meadow Croft and the BBPHA are the lucky recipients of an antique library table that was donated back to Meadow Croft by Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Jeffries. Mr. Jeffries is the grandson of Jean Roosevelt, daughter of John Ellis Roosevelt. Mr. Jeffries shared that the table was owned by his grandmother and it was originally placed in the foyer of the historic estate. The BBPHA will be bringing the library table into the ladies parlor for all to see and enjoy. Stop by and see the latest piece of history from this era.
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Bayport Blue Point HS Scholarship Winner

Every year the BBPHA proudly offers a $1000.00 scholarship to a graduating senior who is pursuing a career in History. This year's recipient is Kevin Dean! Kevin is heading to Oneonta University to study History Education in the fall. We wish Kevin the best of luck in his chosen career path.

Camp Tabat display

On June 22nd, the BBPHA hosted an informal discussion and a grand display of memorabilia from the local camp know as Camp Tabat. Jen Economos, one of our Board members asked her Aunt Linda Tabat to share the historical artifacts in a display at Meadow Croft. The Tabat family and friends came out to support this endeavor and a photo of the family can be found below.
Camp Tabat was a summer day camp located on Boylan Lane in Blue Point on the Great South Bay. It started in 1947 and children from 3 years and up joined in on the many activities both on land and sea! Today people have many fond memories of Camp Tabat a part of our local history! Come to Meadow Croft on Saturday's or Sunday's from 2:00-4:00 to take a tour of Meadow Croft and see this amazing display! Thanks Jen and Aunt Linda for sharing.
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Historic House Tour

It is never too early to start planning our annual Historic House Tour held in October each year! This is a wonderful opportunity to view some magnificent, historical, unusual or architectural significant homes in the Bayport Blue Point community. It is also a huge undertaking and our biggest fundraiser so we can continue to provide free activities to our communities and upkeep of the Meadow Croft Estate. If you have a home that you would like to consider for the tour or would like to help in any way, please contact us at our information provided.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

United: Bayport & Blue Point


Membership Drive 2018

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Meadow Croft Historic Home Tours

Meadow Croft Historic Home of John Ellis Roosevelt
This weekend,
June 30th, 2018,
 starts our “open house tours” at Meadow Croft
Come down Saturday or Sunday from 2:00-4:00 PM
We’ll be giving tours until October 27th. 
See what everyone is talking about! 

Take a tour of the Summer Home of John Ellis Roosevelt then walk down to Laughlin Vineyards for a Long Island wine tasting. 
Meadow Croft is located at: 
299 Middle Road, Sayville, next to St. Ann’s Church.

Monday, June 25, 2018

House Tour, 2018

Sunday October 21, 2018! 
Bayport- Blue Point Heritage Autumn House tour!
 
Homes are chosen for a variety of reasons such as: 
Historic interest, unique construction, 
creative decorating, or just a comfortable balance.

Would you like to include YOUR house on the tour? 
It's possible!
Email: BBPhistorical@gmail.com
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Monday, June 18, 2018

~ Summer Reminders ~

Camp Tabot: display and reception

The BHA has an interesting and new display currently set up at Meadow Croft. 
Camp Tabat, which was located on the property at the end of Bergen Lane in Blue Point was a children's summer day camp. 
Please join us (MEMBERS ONLY) 
for a reception this 
Friday June 22nd from 7-9:00 PM 
to hear Linda Tabat share her memories and experiences from this wonderful time in our local history. 
Light refreshments will be served. For questions, please call Jen Economos at 631-235-9342. 

More information about Camp Tabat can be found below.

Camp Tabat, Inc., a children's summer day camp, was located in Blue Point on the Great South Bay. The property was formally part of the Suydam estate. The original building was from Camp Upton in Yaphank. Renovations to the building included a dining room, kitchen, arts and crafts room, game room, lockers,and showers. Children, ranging in age from three years old to teenagers, attended camp for eight weeks of the summer.

The camp maintained facilities for swimming, diving, sailing, boating, canoeing, water skiing, horseback riding, archery, tennis, arts and crafts, music, dancing, games, and sports. Ben Tabatchnik, who owned and operated the camp with his wife Kitty, was well-known in the community for his many and varied abilities in the field of education. The camp was in operation for twenty-six years. Today people still have fond memories of their experiences at Camp Tabat.

Historic Moonlight Cruise

Mark your calendars!
The moonlight cruise on the bay is back by popular demand and will be launching on  
Thursday, July 26, 2018
We are pleased to bring back the historic cruise which ran for many years leaving from the Sayville ferry terminal on Brown's River and heading out to the Great South Bay. The historic water tour was narrated by Gene Horton and Jim Connell for many years highlighting some of the most historically significant buildings along the shore and inland waterways. The cruise will leave from the Fire Island ferry terminal at 6:00 PM and head out to the bay. You must be on the ferry by 5:45.

John Amato and Frank Geibfreid will team up to highlight the historic sites along the way. The boat will then head up the Connetquot River and make a stop at the Snapper Inn for cocktails. We will head back to Brown's River under a beautiful full moon and dock at 9:30. Tickets are $30.00 pp which includes the cruise only. Cocktails at the Snapper are on your own. You are allowed to bring some snacks in a cooler on the ferry (no alcohol). Cruisers will park at the Sayville Ferry freight parking lot free of charge. Please send checks made payable to the Bayport Heritage Association and an old-fashioned hand written note with the names of those sailing, phone and email addresses and the correct total on the check. You can send your payment and this information to: BHA PO Box 4 Bayport NY 11705. In the event of rain, the trip will be cancelled. Tickets are going fast! Hope you can join us.
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Tours of Meadow Croft....

Don't forget! Tours of the Meadow Croft Estate are happening all summer long. Every Saturday and Sunday from 2:00-4:00, June through October. Trained docents will share the rich history of what life was like from 1890. Learn about John Ellis Roosevelt and his family and tour the grand estate. 
Hope to see you there!

Friday, June 1, 2018

June 2018 Newsletter

~ June 2018 Newsletter ~
 
Meadow Croft Estate Tours
The Bayport Heritage Association will be hosting Estate Tours every weekend starting in June and running through October. Trained docents will be showing the estate on Saturdays and Sundays from 2:00-4:00. There have been many updates and changes in recent months as the BHA volunteers work tirelessly to make Meadow Croft even better!
We hope you and your family have the chance to come and visit and learn a little about the local history and home of John Ellis Roosevelt.

Historic Marker ceremony

The BHA is pleased to announce that we will be placing an historical marker endorsed by the Town of Islip at the site of one of our communities treasured old buildings. The building known to local history buffs as the William B. Arthur building has a storied past and holds particular significance.
The building began its life on Blue Point Ave. as the residence of entrepreneur William B. Arthur. In 1867, when Mr. Arthur heard of plans for the railroad to run east to Bayport as a planned stop, he contracted to have his house moved to its present location on the north side of the tracks. Mr. Arthur planned to take advantage of the business that summer visitors would bring to his general store. 
In a written history of Bayport, Eva Gillette recalled watching the horses pull the Arthur building west on the South Country Road. Once the building was set and the Railroad established a stop there, they appointed Arthur the station ticket agent. The Frieman Hotel was on the south side of the tracks and was a convenient place to rent a room upon disembarking the train from Manhattan or Brooklyn. The train would also bring U.S. mail and drop it off with Mr. Arthur and established Bayport's first Post Office where residents would pick up and drop off letters. 
The building has had many owners through the years. The Ruddy family ran its real estate business there for many years. The current owners, Bruce Vetri and Joseph LaCapra, attorneys, have done some nice renovations and updating. They support this project and are happy to be a part of it. We hope you will join us on Saturday, June 9th at 11:00 AM for a brief but poignant ceremony to highlight and mark this local treasure.
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Help Wanted...

The BHA is always looking for volunteers or new members to fulfill the vision and mission which is dedicated to the preservation, history and future of our BBP hamlet. If you are interested and have some time, we need you! All levels of help welcomed.

** Tour Guides (docents)** ~ if you love history then we have a job for you! Docents or house guides are needed two days a month, June through October, to show the historic Meadow Croft to visitors. It is not much of a time commitment and training will be provided. For more information or if you are willing to help, please call Harriet Mihlstin at 631-472-2118

** Garden help ** ~ Meadow Croft's heirloom garden is in need of some hands to dig in the dirt. This garden is a replica of the original garden at the Meadow Croft estate dating back to the early 1900's. Email us if you are interested, BBPhistorical@gmail.com.

**Autumn House Tour** ~ Although it is months away, we are looking for old, interesting and beautiful homes to showcase on the BHA's annual Autumn House Tour held in October each year. If you or anyone you know in Bayport or Blue Point would allow us to 'show off' your home or if you would like more information, please email us at BBPhistorical@gmail.com.

Historic Moonlight Cruise

Mark your calendars!
The moonlight cruise on the bay is back by popular demand and will be launching on Thursday, July 26, 2018. We are pleased to bring back the historic cruise which ran for many years leaving from the Sayville ferry terminal on Brown's River and heading out to the Great South Bay. The historic water tour was narrated by Gene Horton and Jim Connell for many years highlighting some of the most historically significant buildings along the shore and inland waterways. The cruise will leave from the Fire Island ferry terminal at 6:00 PM and head out to the bay. You must be on the ferry by 5:45.

John Amato and Frank Geibfreid will team up to highlight the historic sites along the way. The boat will then head up the Connetquot River and make a stop at the Snapper Inn for cocktails. We will head back to Brown's River under a beautiful full moon and dock at 9:30. Tickets are $30.00 pp which includes the cruise only. Cocktails at the Snapper are on your own. You are allowed to bring some snacks in a cooler on the ferry (no alcohol). Cruisers will park at the Sayville Ferry freight parking lot free of charge. Please send checks made payable to the Bayport Heritage Association and an old-fashioned hand written note with the names of those sailing, phone and email addresses and the correct total on the check. You can send your payment and this information to: BHA PO Box 4 Bayport NY 11705. In the event of rain, the trip will be cancelled. Hope you can join us.

Membership

After careful thought and consideration, the BHA is now requesting membership dues. A postcard will be mailed shortly to every home in both Bayport and Blue Point with the correct information needed for payment. However, if you would like to pay for this year, please mail payment to Bayport Heritage Association PO Box 4 Bayport NY 11705. Please include your name, address and email on all correspondence. Make checks payable to Bayport Heritage Association. Any questions can be directed to bbphistorical@gmail.com. Thank you!

Membership Type
Annual $25.00
Senior $10.00
Corporate $100.00
Donation $___

Memorial Day

The BHA proudly marched and presented a wreath at this year's Memorial Day Parade. It was a cool overcast day yet the community came out to support this event. This is the 71st year that the Bayport Fire Department has presided over the parade. There were wonderful musical ensembles, including the BBP HS band and Bob Draffin from the Bayport Civic Association was the Master of Ceremonies for the Day.
Bayport has had community members pay the ultimate sacrifice since the Civil War and we will never forget their devotion and service. May we remain worthy of all they have given us.

Summer Concert...

The BHA loves to give back to our community where we live and because of that reason we are planning a FREE concert in the park! This evening concert will feature JK Hodge, a local Bayporter who plays the piano. This concert will be held on July 12th 2018 from 6:00-8:00 at Bayport Memorial Park right on Middle Road. More information in our next newsletter but Save the Date for a night of music! FREE! Hope to see you there.