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.

Events Calendar

The Bayport-Blue Point Historical Association

 2018 Events


General Meeting 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 or download at Apple Podcasts.

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.

The BBPHA Board

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!

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!



Association of Suffolk County Historical Societies


Bay Shore Historical Society

December 1, 10 am to 4 pm
      Snowflake Sale and Bake Sale
December 20, 5:30 pm
      Potluck dinner

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