BBP Heritage Association

~ September 2022 Newsletter ~

General Membership Meeting

Welcome fall! It was a wonderful summer season with free outdoor concerts, Meadow Croft tours and our historic boat tour of Fire Island! Thank you to all of those who have attended house tours and learned a little bit about life in early 1900's. Tours will continue every weekend, from 2:00-4:00, until the end of October. If you haven't had the chance to check out Meadow Croft, the summer home of John Ellis Roosevelt, now is the time!

These meetings are open to all and are presented at the Bayport-Blue Point Library.

Save the dates!

George Munkenbeck

Tracing Your Homes History

September 11, 2-4pm

Every structure has a history, a genealogy. How does one go about discovering the history of the home you live in? It is both easy and difficult as in New York State the records are not in a central location, but that makes the hunt for information an adventure in research! This program is designed to let you know where to look, give you some hints on where information is housed and tips on how to trace the story of the property you live on. Please join the Bayport Blue Point Heritage Association and Islip Town Historian George Munkenbeck for this fascinating discussion. All are welcome to attend.

Chris Kretz

Long Island and the Spirit of the Times in the Early 1800's

October 16, 2-4pm

Brian Maher

My Father and Theodore Roosevelt

November 20, 2-4pm

Historic Boat Tour

"A great night!" was the consensus of the guests for this year's historic boat tour of Fire Island. The weather was in full cooperation...thank you Mother Nature! and everyone was relaxed and in good spirits. John Amato shared the history of our barrier island paradise as the Sayville ferry made its way from Sunken Forest to Davis Park. Special thanks to Gene Horton, a past member of BBPHA and local historian who wrote the historical text used for this tour.

It was a glorious sunset as the ferry docked at Davis Park so our guests could enjoy some time at the Casino Bar & Grill. A full moon, also know as a Blue Moon or a Sturgeon Moon, was on full display as we made our way back to Sayville. It was a great night on the Great South Bay!

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Bicycle Tour

On Saturday September 17th, 2022, the BBP Heritage Association will be hosting an Historical Bicycle Tour. The tour will begin at Meadow Croft (299 Middle Rd Sayville NY) at 8:30 AM.

A former summer hot spot for the rich and famous, this locality has been home to Nobel Prize recipients, actors, singers, entrepreneurs, and famous families and leaders. Did we mention the best beer and oysters??

Join us as historian Frank Giebfried leads the tour throughout Bayport and Blue Point. This will be about a 10 mile tour into our South Shore communities past. Highlights include not only stunning water views, but the former homes and playgrounds of the likes of Roosevelt, Morgan, the founder of the Salvation Army, the Noble Prize recipient in Physics, and some famous musicians and actors of years ago.

To register for this event, please visit our website found here. There is a limited number of riders and a $10.00 fee. An FAQ is also available. Join us for this event!

Historic Autumn House Tour

Save the date! On Sunday October 23rd the BBPHA will once again host an historic house tour of some beautiful homes in Bayport and Blue Point. More information and details where to purchase tickets will be in the October newsletter.

We are in need of volunteers to help with this event. If you can donate 2 hours of your time to become a docent for one of these homes, please email us . We need support to make this a fun, safe and educational event! Thank you!

Christmas at Meadow Croft

Save the dates! December 3rd & 4th 2022 for this year's theme; Christmas by the Bay! Planning is underway and volunteers are needed. Also we need pianists to volunteer their time for an hour or so to play on the Roosevelt piano. If you are crafty or have any unusual displays related to our theme and would like to be involved, please all our chairperson Leanne Berg at 631-235-1702.

1950 View of the Blue Point Fire House

These articles first appeared in the Bayport Blue Point Gazette and were written by Gene Horton. They are reprinted here with permission.

September 2003

The Blue Point Fire House was built between 1921-22. This building, located on the east side of Blue Point Ave., where the Fire House is located today, was dedicated on June 7, 1922. It cost $17,400 to construct. In the old photograph (below), part of the Payne homestead can be seen to the left.

The Fire Department would purchase the Payne property in 1969. To the right in the old photo, Blue Point Cemetery can be seen in the distance. Additions were made to the Fire House in 1953, 1975, and more recently, 2002.

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September and October are the last months for house tours! Every weekend from 2:00-4:00! Hope to see you there!