BBP Heritage Association

~ March 2021 Newsletter ~

Welcome March...

β€œIn March winter is holding back and spring is pulling forward. Something holds and something pulls inside of us too.”

― Jean Hersey

Hoping everyone is staying safe and healthy! Spring, daffodils and longer warmer days are on the way! Our BBP St. Patrick's Day parade has been cancelled for March but the spirit of this festive event lives on. The BBPHA continues to upgrade and maintain the inside of Meadow Croft. We have recently completed a large plaster project with new painting as well as restored a ground floor bathroom. We are also planning a "Luck of the Irish" holiday Raffle Basket and information can be found below!

We are excited to have you back to Meadow Croft come June when weekend tours will begin again. Until then, stay healthy and safe!

Luck of the Irish Raffle....

Are you feeling lucky?? Take a chance on another incredible raffle to support the BBPHA. You don't even need to be Irish to enter ....or win!

Tickets will go on sale March 1st, 2021 and will be sold until the day of the drawing on March 28th, 2021. Tickets are $20.00 per chance. The winning ticket will be drawn LIVE on Facebook on March 28th. Check our website and the flyer below for more information.

Grand prize basket valued over $100.00! Stuffed with all kinds of goodies and treats.

Tickets can be purchased on our website:

OR by mailing your entry to:


PO Box 4

Bayport NY 11705

Include your phone number so we can call you when you win!

Don't miss your chance! Good luck to all!

(must be over 21 to purchase raffle tickets)

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Can you help us identify these Bayport homes?

The BBPHA in a partnership with the Bayport Blue Point LIbrary, have begun digitizing photos of historic homes and images in the Bayport area. Once identified, these homes will all be available for public viewing through a link on the BBP library webpage. The homes will be listed by street name and address when the project is complete.

Located in the archives and files at Meadow Croft, the BBPHA original membership took hundreds of photographs to document the beautiful and historic homes in Bayport as this association was originally; The Bayport Heritage Association. Many of these beautiful homes have street numbers and addresses located on them, however some do not.

To date, Frank Giebfried and John Amato, current members of the BBPHA, have been going through the photographs and have identified hundreds of homes and images currently located in our community. As you can imagine, many of these original photographs from more than 40 years ago look nothing like they do today! Whether it was an extensive remodel, an act of nature or a terrible fire, some of these homes have gone through complete makeovers. That is why we need your help!

The two photographs below are of homes in Bayport. Remember, these photos are from the 1980s. If you can correctly identify these homes, please send an email to with the street name and the house number. We thank you in advance for your anticipated help and cooperation!

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Help wanted...

Docents: From June through October tours of the historic Meadow Croft home are given every weekend by our small group of dedicated docents. We are always looking for new names and faces to led our tours. If you are interested, contact us below. Training provided.

Heirloom Garden: Who has a green thumb? Ok, not necessary but volunteering to help with Meadow Croft's Heirloom Garden will make your heart full and maybe turn your brown thumb green! All levels of experience needed. Join the fun!

Attention: All teachers.... FREE History classes!

The Gilder Lehrman Institute is offering six free courses for

elementary, middle and high school students this spring!

The Spring 2021 HIstory School features presentations, hosted live on Zoom, that explore topics relating to HAMILTON, the Founding Era, the Cold War, and the AP United States History test. Course information and start dates are listed below:

Registration opens February 9, 2021 and classes begin March 6, 2021.

Please email: with any questions.

Gerritsen Avenue: Bayport Street names

A new feature in the monthly newsletter. These short articles were first printed in the monthly Bayport Blue Point Gazette. They were written by Gene Horton and reprinted with permission.

June 2010

It's always interesting to learn how a street got its name. Gerritsen Avenue in Bayport was named in honor of William Gerritsen. He died in 1924 and is buried in Lodi, NJ, but his name lives on locally today thanks to the street that bears his name.

William Gerritsen was born on the island of Texel, in the Netherlands in 1867. He migrated to America as a young man. He lived for a number of years in Garfield, NJ, where he formed the firm of the Gerritsen-Stewart Lumber Company. The firm prospered. For the past few years of his life he made his home in Bayport. Mr. Gerritsen purchased a large and valuable tract of property in Bayport know as "the Cove." That property actually extended from Middle Road to the Great South Bay. The Gerritsen home was located on Gerritsen Avenue.

Mr. Gerritsen's wife, Joanna Gerritsen, survived him. She died in 1939. The Gerritsen's had four children; James, William and Henry and one daughter, Henrietta Pauline. As a side-light, the name of Paulanna Avenue can be traced to the names of Mrs. Gerritsen (Joanna) and the Gerritsen's daughter (Pauline).

An addendum to last month's History Page about GERRITSEN AVE: Many thanks to Flo Olsen for pointing out to me that the three cross streets between Gerritsen Ave. and Paulanna Ave. are named for the Gerritsen's three sons: Henry, James and William!! Street names are sooo interesting!