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Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society
Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society

The Society was founded in 1958 by a small group of Bellport residents and in 1964 received its full state charter. It is a not-for-profit organization devoted to the preservation and interpretation of Long Island's past, and particularly the history of the Bellport, Brookhaven and East Patchogue area. The Society pursues this goal through its museum, the historic Post-Crowell House and the buildings that make up the Museum Complex. The Society provides gallery exhibitions, museum exhibits and educational

programs to the community. Its publication of studies on local history and culture provide knowledge and insight into the cultural inheritance of the area. A major purpose of the Society is the preservation of Long Island antiquities and historic documents and the extensive collection of books, manuscripts, maps, postcards and other memorabilia is on permanent display and available to historians, researchers and local schools for class visits.

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About the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society

The Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society is located at 31 Bellport Lane, right next to the Bellport Village Hall. In 1967 Miss Florence Crowell deeded her property and house at 31 Bellport Lane to the Society. The house was built in 1833 by Hiram Post, a master ship builder and cost $800. He built for the ages...the house foundation is made of ship ballast stone, there are extra heavy floor beams and the older sections of the house contain square nails and wood pegs. The flagpole is a ship mast and the fish on top is a replica of the trout carved to celebrate Daniel Webster's 1827 trout catch on Carman's River.

Other buildings on the property include the Barn Museum holding the Sperry gyroscope exhibit, the Wilbur Corwin decoy collection, the antique tool collection and dolls and toys from the mid 1800's. New to the Barn Museum is the collection of antique wedding gowns donated by Bellport residents.

The Brown Building houses the legendary Pelletreau doll collection of more than 500 miniature dolls from throughout the world and the extensive antique painted tin collection. The Museum Complex also includes the Blacksmith Shop, the Chester Memorial Boathouse; the Milk House and the Gazebo.

The Museum Complex is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday,11:00 am to 4:00 pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Admission is free to Society members. For non-member adult admission is $5; $4 for seniors. Children 12 and under free. For more information call 631-776-7640.


Upcoming Events

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Recent Events

Holiday Party

Photos from the 2014 BBHS Members' Holiday Party

BBHS Holiday PartyThe Bellport Brookhaven Historical Society held their Annual Holiday Party on Sunday, December 7th for members of the Historical Society and their guests. Click here to see photos from the party.


Audio Recording of "Bellport Lane, a Serendipitous Masterpiece" by Victor Principe

Principe Lecture

On Saturday, November 15, 2014, author, former president, and ten-year trustee of the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society, Victor Principe, gave a wonderfully informative presentation about the people, architecture, and goings-on since the creation of Bellport Lane.

Often referred to as Bellport’s “signature” street and regarded as a masterpiece of 19th century American village design, the oldest street in Bellport has many tales to tell. Home to the village’s early residents and later its summer people, it was- and remains- the heart of Bellport. Village history began here when a dock was added to a spit of land jutting into the bay by Captain Thomas Bell, who then connected it to higher ground by building a road going north, Dock Road. The land on either side of the road was cleared and divided into lots that proved instantly desirable.

Please Click Here to listen to this wonderful presentation.



Rawlins Lecture



Bellport Day



Gala this Saturday

The Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society hosted its annual fundraising gala, “Down on the Farm: selections from the Bush Farm Museum,” honoring founder Ron Bush at 6pm on June 7, 2014 at 12 Bell Street, the official BBHS Gallery. Ron Bush has been an impassioned preservationist of Long Island farms: their histories, their tools and machinery used to work the land. He’s also been a champion of saving Long Island’s working farmland itself.

This being the largest fundraiser of the year it is held to sustain preservation of the Society’s historic structures and enable us to present exhibits and programs that encourage the conservation and enjoyment of the Bellport- Brookhaven cultural legacy. The event included an opening exhibit preview, gala cocktail reception, live music and a tribute to Mr. Bush in the form of a video presentation of the estate and collections. A raffle and auction were also on hand for guests to support the society.

Pamela Lerner and Patrice Casanova made the following wonderful photos from the Gala available to us. Click here to see the photos.


2013 BBHS Members And Friends Christmas Party

Historical SocietyThe Bellport Brookhaven Historical Society held their Annual Holiday Party with Illustrated Reminiscences on Sunday, December 8th for members of the Historical Society and their guests. Click here to see photos from the party.


Quilt Submissions for the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society's Quilt Exhibit

The Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society recently asked for submissions from the community for its upcoming exhibit, "American Quilts made between 1850 and 1950." 23 quilts were submitted from all over LI- Massapequa to Southold! The exhibition will open on October 27th, and runs through November 30th. The exhibition is organized by the Eastern Long Island Quilters Guild, with the participation of quilt historian and appraiser, Joyce Fischer. Below are five of the submissions that will be featured in the exhibit, along with some words from the quilt owners.


Quilt ExhibitAbraham Lincolns' History
Submitted by: Margaret Cavaliere, Patchogue

My Aunt Annie was born in 1897 and died in 1996. At age 99 in Newark, Maryland. She left this quilt to me. She was well known for her many home made quilts and many she gave as gifts. She is the Sister of the Late Bessie Richardson of Bellport (1929-2002).


Quilt ExhibitApplique Quilt
Submitted by: Pauline Hazard, East Patchogue

I purchased this quilt at the BHS curio shop. The former owner was contacted and asked where she got the quilt and if she knew it's story. She informed me that her parents were quilt collectors and had an antique shop for many years. They frequently went to auctions Upstate and in New Jersey. It was appraised and determined it was probably made Upstate New York.


Quilt ExhibitLone Star Quilt
Submitted by: Ann Duncan, Blue Point

Purchased "on the green" in Eagle Merc, Pennsylvania, no history given.


Quilt ExhibitApplique Flower Quilt
Submitted by: Susan Olsen, Setauket

Purchased in 2000 at the Mountain Top Quilt Shop in Leadville, Colorado. I was told the pattern came from a newspaper ad. Patterns were sold for very little money and there were many designs to choose from. I loved the colors, placement of flowers and the scalloped border.


Quilt ExhibitMariners Compass Quilt
Submitted by: Barbara Jamison, Eastport

This quilt was gifted to my family by a friend who cared for a handicapped niece in Patchogue. It was gifted to me when my Aunt Barbara Keck passed away a few years ago. I do not know the name of the quilter, only that the care givers' Mother made it.




Photos From Gala Celebration Night

Annual GalaThe Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society has planned many exciting events for 2013. They kicked off the year with their Annual Gala and Exhibition featuring "Bellport: Summer 1900" - a look at the iconic summer style and social life of our seaside resort in the late 19th century. Click here for photos by Patrice Casanova from the Gala. also attended the Gala. Click here for more photos from this year’s BBHS “Gala.”



The Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society Exchange Shop

Holiday GiftsThe Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society announces the seasonal opening of The Exchange Shop, charmingly known as "The Barn Museum Shop."

The shop will open Memorial Day weekend with the following hours: Saturday, May 24th from 11:00am-3:00pm, Sunday, May 25th from 12:00pm-3:00pm, and Monday, May 26th from 12:00pm-2:00pm.  Following Memorial Day, the Exchange Shop's regular business hours are Fridays, Saturdays from 11:00am-4:00pm, and Sundays from 12:00pm to 3:00pm, until mid December. Consignments of Furniture, Antiques, Decorative Accessories and Collectibles will be received each Wednesday morning from 10:00am until 12:00noon.

Come and visit this old fashioned country store just east of the Bicycle Shop and across from the old Bellport Fire House and catch up on all the local news! New items arrive weekly. They encourage New Consignments. For information call: 631-286-0888. 12 Bell Street, Bellport.

Below are just some of the types of wonderful items you'll find at the Shop!


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MediaClick on the speaker to the left to see a slideshow of photos of what the Exchange Shop has to offer! 



"Bellport Revisited"

Bellport RevisitedAccording to the book’s publisher, “Bellport Revisited” chronicles the history of Bellport Village through a wealth of historic images, most never published before, from several private collections and from the extensive archives of the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society Museum. Victor is donating all royalties from the book to the Historical Society. 

Book Description (courtesy Arcadia Publishing):
Bellport Village, with its beautiful historic homes and sweeping views of the Great South Bay, has remained a thriving community through the years, retaining its strong sense of place. The Bellport streetscape is alive with diverse architecture that has enriched the lives of its residents and visitors for generations. One knows immediately when one is in the Bellport area. It is a place apart, where the monotony of contemporary suburbia gives way to the charming eccentricities of history. Through a wealth of historic images, most never published before, from several private collections and from the extensive archives of the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society Museum, Bellport Revisited chronicles the history of a village that has resisted development and remained a charming and unique place.

Author Bio (courtesy Arcadia Publishing):
In his second volume on Bellport’s history, Victor Principe introduces the people and explores the architectural richness of Bellport and the surrounding communities through vintage images from the 19th through the mid-20th century. He is a member of the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society and serves on the board of the Bellport Village Historic Preservation Commission. A resident of Bellport for more than 25 years, he is also a real estate broker and antiques dealer.

Click for a short video featuring Victor Principe discussing the concept behind his book.



Historical Society Elected Officers For 2014:

President: Anna Lou Fletcher
1st Vice President: Kate Carmel
2nd Vice President: Robert Rosenberg
Treasurer: Jonathan Pokorny
Recording Secretary: David Cleaves
Corresponding Secretary:
Veronica E. O’Neill
Curator: Steven Czarniecki
Archivist: Virginia Waterman
Director of Museum Exchange Shop: Robert Duckworth
Director of Buildings & Grounds: Joseph Doran
Membership: David Cleaves

Scot Allan
Thomas Cornell
Joseph Doran
Tricia Foley
Helen Geraghty
Joan Kaelin Tom Lerner
Elizabeth Lizan
Marian Marschall
Dennis Miller
Joseph Varsalona


Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society

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Bellport, NY 11713
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