BBP Heritage Association
~ November 2020 Newsletter ~
“Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.” Theodore Roosevelt
A birds eye view of Meadow Croft
Christmas At Meadow Croft
Heritage Holiday Raffle
Ole' Saint Nick has come early to Meadow Croft this year and he has left some wonderful goodies for you! 12 gift baskets filled to the brim with all good things! $10.00 will get you 13 chances to win including a Grand Prize! The flyer can be found below, or you can print it by clicking here. Drawings will be held LIVE on our Facebook page every Sunday starting at 7:00. The first drawing date is November 29th and will run every Sunday through December 20th 2020. We will contact you if you won! Tickets can also be purchased through our website: www.bayportbluepointheritage.org or by mailing it to us: PO Box 4, Bayport NY 11705. Tickets must be purchased by November 28, 2020. Take a chance this holiday season and purchase a raffle! Good luck!
Finding St. Nick
BBPHA participates in Veteran's gravestone cleaning
Walter Ryan's "Nautical Inn," Bayport L.I.
This unusual and rare postcard (see below) shows an interior view of Walter Ryan's "Nautical Inn" in Bayport. The "Nautical Inn" was located at 825 Montauk Hwy. in Bayport where "Le Soir" is today. The decor and theme of the place was obviously nautical. There was a "boarding ramp" (not steps) leading from the outside into the building; even the bar was in the shape of the bow of a boat.
In the photo, notice the John Hodge Wood Carving painting on the wall above the jukebox. Walter Ryan tended bar while his wife Jessie, prepared the food and also occasionally played the piano. Notice in the photo, Jessie's name is printed on the "bow" of the bar.
Eventually Walter & Jessie Ryan sold the "Nautical Inn" and with their three children, moved to Hempstead. He went on to become the Mayor of Hempstead. Walter Ryan died in 1967 and Jessie died recently in Wisconsin at the age of 96.
This photo was probably taken sometime during the years right after World War 2. Many thanks to Ed Houdak and Kay and Don Porter for all the information about the "Nautical Inn" which they so generously shared with me.
The Blue Point Bible Church's connection to Bayport Avenue
* Facts about the church taken from Gene Horton's book, "Blue Point Then and Now."
Among the crew of engineers and masons who built the church was a gentleman by the name of Hiram Darrow. When Mr. Darrow and his crew were hired to build the brick church in 1930, he purchased a home at #82 Bayport Avenue (my house currently). At that time, the house sat on two parcels of land each approximately half an acre. The vacant parcel to the south was a small farmed lot in earlier days owned by Francis and Charlotte Edwards. Mr. Darrow moved into the home with his wife and young daughter Virginia, a BBP High School graduate. At some time after the brick church was completed in 1930, Mr. Darrow had a notion to build a small brick Cape Cod style house on the vacant lot next to his house. He did, in fact, build that brick Cape currently #76 Bayport Ave. He dismantled a barn in the yard behind the house at #82 next door and used the studs and rafters to build the shell of his new brick Cape home next door. Darrow completed the brick Cape home sometime in the 1940's. He moved his family into the new brick home and rented his home next door, later selling that home in 1954. Mr. Darrow, a mason and builder, built the church and his own home at #76 Bayport Avenue both made of bricks.
I have created an amusing fictional tale that while working on the Blue Point Bible Church Darrow took a few bricks home each day in his lunch pail until he had enough bricks to build himself a house on his vacant land. So, that is the connection between the Blue Point Bible Church and #76 Bayport Avenue (pictured below), both built by Hiram Darrow.
~ Written by John Amato