BBP Heritage Association

~ June 2022 Newsletter ~

Welcome June!

What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade. ~Gertrude Jekyll

Welcome to summer! Briny breezes, longer days, flowers blooming, birds singing and sun shining! All vivid images of a great season ahead. At the BBPHA, we are excited to begin what we consider our most exciting time of year as well.

Summer House Tours: June 4th & 5th start the Meadow Croft Estate Tours! They are given every weekend starting in June and running through October. Trained docents will be showing the Meadow Croft estate on Saturdays and Sundays from 2:00-4:00. There have been many updates and changes in recent months as the BBPHA volunteers work tirelessly to make Meadow Croft even better! A display of historical period lightening is also on display.

We hope you and your family have the chance to come and visit and learn a little about the local history and home of John Ellis Roosevelt.

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FREE Summer Concert

The Bayport Blue Point Heritage Association is proud to sponsor our first FREE Summer Concert of the year! We have received all of the permissions and permits and are excited to welcome all of you to Bayport Memorial Park on June 16th from 6:00-8:00 pm (weather permitting) for some wonderful music featuring Soundswell.

Please bring lawn chairs or blankets, refreshments and bug spray! This is for families of all ages! Dancing is encouraged! We hope you can join us and enjoy this FREE concert!

FREE Summer Concert

Thursday, June 16th 2022 at 6-8pm

11 Paulanna Avenue

Bayport, NY

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Memorial Day Parades

It was a beautiful day for a parade and for honoring all those who served and sacrificed for our freedoms. Special thanks go to the members of the BBPHA for marching in the Bayport and Blue Point parades. This is a tradition for the Bayport & Blue Point Fire Departments to organize the parades in our communities. The Bayport Fire Department celebrated their 75th year of honoring those who served. There were wonderful musical ensembles, including the BBP HS band and Bob Draffin from the Bayport Civic Association was the Master of Ceremonies for the Day.

Bayport and Blue Point has had community members pay the ultimate sacrifice since the Civil War and we will never forget their devotion and service. May we remain worthy of all they have given us. As John F. Kennedy had so eloquently expressed, "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words, but to live by them." .

BBP HS Scholarship

The BBPHA is pleased once again to be awarding a $1000.00 scholarship to a deserving HS student from the BBP High School. This award is given in the name of our dear friend, local historian, and former director, Gene Horton. More information in the July newsletter after the award has been presented to the winner later in June.

Academy Street visits Meadow Croft

On Thursday May 26th, the 4th grade class at Academy Street Elementary School visited the Meadow Croft estate to learn more about their local history. It was a beautiful day and the students were curious and asked wonderful questions. One student even remarked, "I want to come back here again!" Future historians right in our own community!
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Main Road to Bayport, Sayville L.I.

These articles were first printed in the Bayport Blue Point Gazette. They were written by Gene Horton and re-printed with permission.

June 2004

This old postcard view was dated August 31, 1910. The unpaved road in the picture is Middle Road. The horse and carriage is headed east from Sayville into Bayport.

John E. Roosevelt's 1891 summer estate, "Meadow Croft" was located on the left in the postcard photo, beyond the footpath and fence.

History tells us that Middle Road was opened through Bayport in 1834. It got the name, "middle road" because it divided the farms that were located between Montauk Hwy. and the Great South Bay. Today, with its tree-lined Victorian homes, Middle Road is one of the prettiest roadways on Long Island.

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Last call for Membership! You may have received a post card in the mail from the BBPHA or you can make a payment directly on our website. 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 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!

Membership Type

Annual $25.00

Senior $10.00

Corporate $100.00

Donation $___