BBP Heritage Association

~ July 2018 Newsletter ~


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 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.

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 below.
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