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.


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Main Street, Bayport, L.I. 
Postcard published for Elroy's Variety Store
Bayport Depot, postcard, year unknown
Addressed to the South Bay House

Bayport Train Station, 1962 by Brad Phillips

Photos from a recent visit to the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace, 
New York City.
President Theodore Roosevelt is first cousin to John Ellis Roosevelt who summered at Meadow Croft. 
See more information on the National Park Service site here:

The cousins lived next door to each other in Manhattan, at 28 E. 20th Street, and both houses had the same style and fixtures, including the fireplaces you see below. 

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The plate below is from the original Roosevelt china. 

A Partial Family Tree
Will update when more information is added.
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Private homes on Madison Ave. once owned by the Roosevelt family, now contain shops at street level and offices above. 


  1. Who were the original occupants of the now Gray Horse Tavern? I know it was originally a station in 1869, but I would like to know who the first private owner of the building was. Thank you!

    1. Thanks for the question. We will have to check our files and get back to you!

    2. Dennis Fagan10/15/2014

      My 1866 Map picture shows a William Frieman owning the property

    3. The first owners of the building, at that location, were the William and Charles Frieman, who purchased the property in 1889, and opened the Friemann hotel the following year. There is no evidence that a building stood at that location before that time. Charles Frieman had been a saloonkeeper in Sayville previously, and it is possible that the building (perhaps his former saloon) was moved to Bayport by him after he and his brother purchased the property. I firmly believe that the story of that building having been the Bayport train tation was an assumption on someone's part that grew to be a legend. After its appearance in 1890, the Frieman Hotel did serve passengers of the railroad, but it was a private establishment. Richard Haberstroh

  2. Dennis Fagan10/15/2014

  3. Joseph Jannsen12/27/2015

    I'm looking for a copy of the pamphlet "The Setting Sun or the Last of the Long Island Braves" edited and published by Will Graham in 1906. I'm also interested in copies of Will Graham's monthly newsletter "The Log". Please let me know if you have any information you can provide. Thank you.


  4. Joe, Not sure who has the book. Have you searched on Amazon?

  5. Yes, I have checked the library. I know where there is a copy of it, but I'm hoping to locate an original copy or a very clean photocopy in order to review the cover photo closely. If you hear of a copy somewhere, please let me know. Thank you.


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