BBP Heritage Association
~ May 2023 Newsletter ~
May General Membership Meeting
Coaching Along the Great South Bay
Presented by Jerry and Rita Trapani
Sunday, May 21, 2023
Travel back to the days when a coach and team of horses took the wealthy from New York City to their estates along The Great South Bay. The talk will provide a glimpse into the routes taken, Gold Coast estates and their residents, and the logistics of the journey. The Trapani’s have been part of the coach driving community for over 25 years. They were founding members of the Paumanok Driving Club and still serve on the board of directors.
All are welcome! Light refreshments served!
It's that time of year! The BHA is now requesting your membership dues. If you would like to pay for this year, please mail payment to Bayport Blue Point Heritage Association PO Box 4 Bayport NY 11705. Please include your name, address and email on all correspondence. Make checks payable to Bayport Blue Point Heritage Association.
You can also make a payment directly from our web-page which can be found here . Just scroll down to the membership section on the home page. Any questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. All membership fees go toward the upkeep and restoration of the Meadow Croft Estate. Thank you to all of our generous members! New members welcome!
Meadow Croft Estate Tours: Every weekend starting in June through October, the estate at Meadow Croft is open for house tours. Come see what life was like at the turn of the century in John Ellis Roosevelt's summer home. House tours are given by trained docents and they run from 2:00-4:00 on Saturdays and Sundays.
Concerts in the Park: Every year the BBPHA gives back to the community by sponsoring two summer concerts in the Bayport Memorial Park. This year the dates are: June 15 and July 20, 2023. Gene Casey and the Lonestars will be featured on June 15th from 6-8pm at Bayport Memorial Park on Middle Road. These concerts are wonderful community events and we hope you save the dates!
Historic Boat Tour: The BBPHA arranges a ferry tour of the Great South Bay, usually on the full moon of the month. This year's tour will be held in August. More info to follow.
Cemetery Tour: Plans are in the works for a local cemetery tour at St. Ann's Cemetery. There are many famous people buried there including early founding members of Bayport and Sayville. This will take place in the fall so look for more information in our upcoming newsletters.
Summer Solstice Walking Tour: Once again, on June 21st at 6:30pm, BBPHA member Frank Giebfried will be guiding patrons for an evening stroll that marks the beginning of the summer season. This year's tour finds us back in Bayport, exploring the interesting history of Snedecor Avenue. The group will meet at the Bayport United Methodist Church, and discuss the history of this oldest church of our community. As we walk to the bay, we will learn the history of the Snedecor family, explore the homes and stories of George Q. Laidlaw, Broadway actress Effie Shannon and her English-born husband Herbert Kelccey, as well as thier next door neighbor and fellow actor John Mason. We'll also learn about the family tragedy that led the Purdy family to sell thier Middle Road estate and set up residence here, as well as discover the numerous cottages architect Issac Green designed for Regis Post as summer rentals. We'll end the tour on the Great South Bay and where we'll find out about the century old private bath houses that look over to Fire Island. So please join us as we explore these and many other stories of old Bayport on the longest day of the year! Registration at the Bayport Blue Point Library is required to join this tour.
Docents: The BBPHA is always looking for people interested in local history who would like to volunteer their time for tours of the Meadow Croft Estate. Docents are trained and can choose the dates they would like to give tours. Meadow Croft is open on weekends from 2:00-4:00 starting in June and ending in October. If you would like more information or are interested, please email us at email@example.com .
House Tour: We are looking for homes in the Bayport or Blue Point area for our Historical Autumn House Tour event. This event is planning to be held in October 2023 BUT WE NEED YOU! We need you to volunteer your home, so if you have a historically significant, architecturally unique, or interesting home, please let us know. We would love to bring back this event but we need you. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested or would like more information.
The WArner House
These articles first appeared in the Bayport Blue Point Gazette and were written by Gene Horton. They are reprinted here with permission.
The Warner House was one of the first, big summer hotels in Blue Point. It was opened in the mid-1880's by James Reeves Warner and took in about 75 guests each summer. The Warner House was located on Blue Point Avenue where the Blue Point Fire House is today.
Notice in the old 1910 photograph (below), there is a huge windmill behind the Warner House. In 1910, the advertising brochure for the Warner House stated:
The Warner House is large and spacious, with exceedingly light and airy bedrooms. A broad veranda extends along the front of the house, and for about 75 feet on the south-side, thus assuring cool breezes, as southwest winds are most prevalent during the summer. The Warner House is situated within easy walking distance of the railroad station, thereby affording a decided convenience to the commuter. Frequest train service and fast trains permit going to and from business, daily, without undue inconvenience. The Great South Bay is within a few minutes walk of the hotel. Modern improvements are installed within the house. Nothing but the best of foods will be served.
The Warner House was destroyed by fire in February 1918, on a freezing cold day; the thermometer read zero degrees at noon!