May General Membership Meeting

Join us for our General Membership meeting on May 6th at 2:00 in the BBP Library. Our guest speaker will be Ray Reilley. Ray, a Bayport Fire Department ex-chief, retired from the NYFD and Education Director of the Islip Town Fire Fighters Museum, will give a presentation on the history of our American Fire Services and a brief introduction to the Fire Fighters Museum. The museums goal is to maintain as much of Islip Town’s Fire Service history as possible. The museum’s mission is a commitment to the historical preservation of Fire Departments, Public Safety Education, and Fire Fighters Safety programs. Islip’s 21 fire departments and 5 Ambulance corps have been working diligently collecting donated historical artifacts for the museums displays and exhibits for everyone’s enjoyment and for the preservation of the fire services history. The “Islip Town Fighter Fighters” museum’s home is located at a site next to Duck’s stadium, in Central Islip. They look forward to a partnership with other Community, Organizations, Businesses, Friends and Government support, in order to help reach their goals and to share their proud heritage with Long Island families. Looking forward to this event!

First Bloom Cocktail Party

Join us at Meadow Croft on June 9th from 6:00-9:00 PM and enjoy a glass of wine or an iced cold beer as you listen to soft jazz and delight in the company of your friends and neighbors. This event will be held outside and in the historic carriage house. Tables and chairs will be provided. Cheese platters and finger sandwiches will be served. The price is $30.00 per person and proceeds will benefit the continued efforts of preservation and restoring the Meadow Croft Estate.

If you are interested in attending, please send your check, with the names of those guests attending and a contact phone number to:

Bayport Heritage Association

P.O. Box 4

Bayport NY 11705

This event will occur rain or shine so please dress in comfortable clothing and note bug spray may be needed. We hope to see you there!

Oral History Project: Voices of Bayport and Blue Point

The BBP Library has a wonderful series of audio files of people and memories from the Bayport and Blue Point communities. This month’s feature is about the BBP Library, shared by the one-time director, Anna Davis. Mrs. Davis began working at the library in 1959. As a significant institution in our communities, Mrs. Davis shares her memories of her time working there. We hope you enjoy it!

Help wanted!

The BHA is always looking for volunteers or new members to fulfill the vision and mission which is dedicated to the preservation, history and future of our BBP hamlet. If you are interested and have some time, we need you! All levels of help welcomed.

** Tour Guides (docents)** ~ if you love history then we have a job for you! Docents or house guides are needed two days a month, June through October, to show the historic Meadow Croft to visitors. It is not much of a time commitment and training will be provided. For more information or if you are willing to help, please call Harriet Mihlstin at 631-472-4625

** Garden help ** ~ Meadow Croft’s heirloom garden is in need of some hands to dig in the dirt. This garden is a replica of the original garden at the Meadow Croft estate dating back to the early 1900’s. If you can spare some time and some muscle, bring your gardening tools to Meadow Croft on Friday mornings (weather permitting) starting at 9:00 AM. Call Lorraine for more details at 516-459-0140.

Abandoned Trunks; Clothing and Costumes from the Gold Coast Era
Local historian Monica Randall has a wonderful display of Gold Coast 1920’s dresses that will be on display at Meadow Croft on Saturdays and Sundays from 2:00-4:00 in the ladies parlor. There is a $5.00 donation requested for this display. This will run from June through October.

During the sixties and seventies hundreds of the great estates were bulldozed to make way for new housing developments. The attics of these doomed palaces were often littered with steamer trunks filled with the most expensive gowns money could buy. These gowns, which could cost as much as $20,000, were worn in the heyday by the God Coast ladies of high society who hosted elaborate masquerade balls. Clothing items on display were worn by notable North Shore women such as the ladies of the Woolworth, Tiffany, Hutton, and Woodward families, as well as the Countess of Bismarck.

We hope you have the chance to come to Meadow Croft and view these beautiful historic gowns on display.

House Tour

Every October the BHA organizes an Autumn House Tour of unique or historical homes found in our Bayport or Blue Point communities. If you have a home that might be featured or would like more information, please reach out to
Memorial Day Parade

The Bayport Heritage Association will again march in the Bayport Memorial Day Parade. If you would like to join us, the line up begins on Connetquot Rd before 11:00 and the parade will march to the Bayport Memorial Park where the BHA will present a wreath. All members are invited to march. More information can be obtained by calling 631-472-4625.

Bayport Heritage Book

The publication, Bayport Heritage, originally published in 1997, is still available. The Bayport Heritage Association’s book from Arcadia Press sold out its original order of 2500 copies. If you didn’t have a chance to purchase one and would like to get one now, email The cost is $20.00. This is a great resource and chock full of Bayport history. It makes a great gift for Bayporters who have moved away. They are also for sale at Meadow Croft.

On Sunday and email went out in reference to the passing of Barney Loughlin. The BHA regrets that an error was obtained in our research stating that Barney was an editor of the Suffolk County News. He was a typesetter there. Thank you to Michael Jahn for the correct information. Our apologies for the mistake.

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Meadow Croft Estate, Middle Road, Sayville, NY, United States 

Barney M. Loughlin, 1925-2017

It is with great sadness that the Bayport Heritage Association announces the passing of Barney Loughlin, owner of Loughlin Vineyards located on the historic Meadow Croft Estate. He passed away on Saturday, April 30th after a short stay in hospice. He was 91 years old.

Barney was the son of Irish immigrants who were the caretakers of the John Ellis Roosevelt Estate in Sayville. Barney was a World War II Veteran and a long time type-setter for the Suffolk County News, Fire Chief of the Sayville Fire Department, and creator of a fireman’s magazine called Smokey. He was also an inventor who created equipment and tools for firemen.

Described as hardworking, funny and determined, Barney enjoyed talking to the many visitors who stopped by the cozy Loughlin tasting room. He and his family decided to plant the vineyard on their 6 acre plot in 1982 after being told by East End growers that he would not succeed in the Sayville area. He clearly proved them wrong.

As a growing Historical Association, Barney was essential in sharing stories, making suggestions, and providing artifacts to help us fulfill our mission. Barney was one of a kind, loved by all and will be missed. Our deepest condolences to his family.

Arrangements are as follows:

Wake and services At Raynor and D’Andrea

245 Main Street

West Sayville

Monday May 1st, 2017

2:00-4:30 and 7:00-9:30 PM

Firematic service Monday @ 7:30 PM

Funeral Mass at St. Lawrence the Martyr Church

May 2nd at 10:00

Internment to follow at

St. Lawrence Cemetery

Lakeland Avenue

Sayville NY 11782

Charitable donations may be made to:

Community Ambulance Company

420 Lakeland Ave Sayville NY 11782


Islip Town Fire Fighter’s Museum

PO Box 674 Sayville NY 11782

The Bayport Heritage Association cordially invites you to our First Bloom Cocktail party.

This event will be held in the historic carriage house on the property of Meadow Croft.

First Bloom Cocktail Party

Friday, June 9th, 2017

299 Middle Road
Sayville, NY

More information:
Join us at Meadow Croft and enjoy a glass of wine or an iced cold beer as you listen to soft jazz and delight in the company of your friends and neighbors. This event will be held outside and in the historic carriage house. 
Tables and chairs will be provided. Cheese platters and finger sandwiches will be served. 
The price is $30.00 per person and proceeds will benefit the continued efforts of preservation and restoring the Meadow Croft Estate.

Please make checks payable to: Bayport Heritage Association. 
The cost is $30.00 pp. 
Also please put the names of those attending and a contact phone number on your check. 
The event will be capped at 200 guests. 
Please mail your payment to:

Bayport Heritage Association
P O Box 4
Bayport NY 11705

This event will occur rain or shine. 
Please dress in comfortable clothes and bug spray may be needed.

ASCHS Quarterly meeting…. 

ASCHS QuarterlyApril 29, 2017
8:30 Registration 
Total cost: $42.00 per person, which includes $5.00 for tours, $35.00 plus 20{299d14ba0a1223fbcb8a022fa5c16abf4fa6623db10425cdc48f315665691ede} gratuity
Deadline Tuesday, April 25, at 4:00 pm,
Make a check payable to ASCHS and mail to:
ASCHS c/o The Gardiner Foundation148 E. Montauk Hwy, Suite 1, 
Hampton Bays NY 11946 (631) 594-3990
9:00 Welcome – Terry Blitman, Executive Director 
Long Island Maritime Museum- Main Building88 West Avenue ~ 
West Sayville, NY 11796 ~ (631) HISTORY
More than 30 sail & powerboats are housed in what was once a W.W.1 US Navy seaplane hanger. On display are iconic catboats by Gil Smith, the one-design Narrasketuck by Wilbur Ketcham, the Herreshoff 12 1/2 and many others.
This cottage is decorated inside and out with original architecture and furnishings making it totally realistic living quarters, just like the abundant cottages on Long Island used by baymen in the late 1800’s.
Originally constructed in Center Moriches, this is one of nine historic buildings on the grounds. You can visit all of them when you’re here.
William Rudolph Oyster House 
The oysters of the east coast, known as the American or Eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginiaca, propagate natururally in select areas where the salinity, temperature, food supply and bottom are in favorable balance. Life Saving Exhibit on View
Lunch: 12noon
Bluestone Tavern– 21 Montauk Highway, West Sayville, NY 11796 
(Occupancy Max 52) * 10 to 12 stairs to the dinning room at this location
Host Choice of One
House Salad: Mesclun Greens, Cherry Tomatoes and Cucumbers Tossed in Citrus Vinaigrette Classic Caesar Salad: Hearts of Romaine, Garlic Crostini, Shaved Parmesan Cheese, Classic Caesar Dressing
French Breast of Chicken
Applewood Smoked Bacon, Fresh Mozzarella, Sautéed Baby Kale, Apple Demi Glaze
Wild Salmon
Pan Seared with Tomato Mango Chutney
*Chicago Style Ribeye 14 oz
Cabernet Demi Glace
Host Choice of Two
Herb Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes Mashed Potatoes
Grilled Asparagus Creamed Spinach Seasonal Vegetable
Chicken fingers with choice of Carrots or French Fries Pasta with Butter or Marinara Sauce
Host Choice of One
Occasion Cake, Cheesecake Or Chocolate Flourless Cake
Fountain Sodas, Assorted Juices,
Freshly Brewed Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee & Hot Tea

Tom Edmonds, Executive Director

Southampton Historical Museums and Research Center
PO Box 303/17 Meeting House Lane
Southampton, NY 11968
(631) 283-2494

This month’s General Membership meeting will be held on 
Sunday, April 9, 2017
at 2:00 
at the Bayport Blue Point library. 

The guest speakers for this meeting will be BHA members; Gene Horton and Jim Connell
The featured presentation for this meeting was developed in the 1990’s as part of a New York State initiative to designate historic zones in towns and villages. 

The project stalled due to lack of State funding but Jim, Gene and other BHA members produced an excellent array of photos and written details about the old homes of Middle Road in Bayport. 
Come on down to the BBP Library and learn about the historic homes of your local neighbors and friends. 
Hope to see you there!
Bayport Heritage meetings are in the 
Community Room of 
the Bayport-Blue Point Library.

Please note the time for each. Refreshments are always served.

Please use the Madison Street parking lot
Thank you!


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General Membership Meeting 

This month’s General Membership meeting will be held on 
Saturday March 4th 
at 2:00 
at the Bayport Blue Point library. 

*Please note. This is a  Saturday. 

St Patrick’s Day Parade 

Calling all Victorian Leprechauns!
Save the date! On March 12th, 2017 at 11:00, The Bayport-Blue Point Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring its annual St. Patrick’s Day parade! Now in its 27th year, the Chamber Committee has selected Karl Auwaerter of Bayport Flower Houses as it’s Grand Marshall for 2017! 
All BHA members are encouraged to march in the parade to show their support of the Association and our community. If you would like to join us, please email or call 631-472-4625 for more details.

Did You Know This About Long Island?

The February general membership meeting will be held at the Bayport Blue Point Library


February 12th, 2017 starting at 2:00. 

The presentation will be by Noel Gish local historian and author.

This talk is a light hearted look at the rich history that is Long Island. Through an examination of the men and women who have lived and worked here we get to see how this island fits into the fabric of our nation’s history. From the island the Native Americans called “Paumanauk” to the island the English simply called “Long”, the island people have left a past of which we can be very proud. 

Long Island has signers of the Declaration of Independence, visits by Washington, Jefferson and Madison. 
There are others who have passed through our towns and villages . 
Marconi, Edison, Whitman, Wyandanch, Tachapusha, Jupiter Hammon, Harriet Quimby, Teddy Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Josiah Warren, Glenn Curtis, Nathan Hale , Goodie Garlick and Leroy Grumman are just few who have walked this island before us.

Join us for this informative and interesting presentation!