BBP Heritage Association
~ October Newsletter 2020 ~
Last month for historical Meadow Croft tours
This has been an unusual summer season for the BBPHA. The ongoing pandemic has either cancelled or minimized many of the events that we plan and look forward to; no summer concerts, no boat tour, no general membership meetings. We continue to plan and organize hopeful that things will get back to some type of normalcy soon. We have conducted tours at Meadow Croft and the visitors smiles make it all worthwhile!
Please be patient, wear your mask and wash those hands! We hope to see everyone soon!
Street names in Blue Point: Nelson Ave. and Danes Ave.
Nelson Danes is the only man who lived in Blue Point to have two streets named for him: "Nelson" Avenue and "Danes" Street. Danes St. was cut through in 1897. Nelson Danes was born in 1811 and died in 1885. He was a highly respected large land owner here and a bayman.
In 1834 Nelson Danes married Eliza Smith. In January 1838, they purchased land in Blue Point. They had seven children but in 1848, Eliza left her family to join the Shaker religious community in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Around 1870, Eliza Danes committed suicide and was buried at that Shaker community. In the early 1850's, Nelson Danes married Anny (Annie) Caroline Hulse. In 1856, one son, John Fremont Danes was born.
The Nelson Danes home, built in 1854, still stands at 1 Danes Street in Blue Point. It is one of the oldest and loveliest homes in Blue Point today. After Nelson Danes died in 1885, his son, Thomas Danes, a bay captain, lived in this house. Anny Danes died in March 1897, of dropsy, age 83.
One of Nelson Danes sons, William Augustus Danes, built the home located at 168 Blue Point Ave. (across form Our Lady of the Snow Church today). Another of Danes sons, John Fremont Danes, built the home located at 130 Blue Point Ave.: Gene Horton's home.
In 2001, Jack Danes, a Bayport resident and great-great grandson of Nelson Danes, had a monument erected in blue Point cemetery for Nelson and Anny Danes. It reads:
"In Blue Point, he was regarded as a polar star. The unfortunate looked to him for succor and relief, and none ever looked in vain. In church, he was regarded as one of its brightest gems. To him they looked for advice, to him they looked for assistance, and to his wise decisions the people bowed. His seat at the fireside and at the church is now vacant, but his words of wisdom and his acts of kindness are proven on memory's brightest page."
(taken form his obituary, April 1885)
Christmas at Meadow Croft
Please stay tuned for more details as we get approval for our plans. In the meantime, if you would like to help or volunteer, please give Leanne Berg a call at 631-235-1702.
Digitial Archiving Project Underway
These items are housed in our office and museum at the Meadow Croft Estate. In an effort to allow more of our members and residents to view these items of local history, we have begun to create a digital archive of them. We have partnered with the BBP Library and the Long Island Library Resource Council to properly organize and save these documents electronically. We envision that we will have some items ready for viewing some time in early 2021. As you might imagine, this is quite a process and will take some time to complete. We will keep you informed as to the progress and when complete, you will be directed to the proper sites.