About 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
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.
BBHS Annual Holiday Party
Sunday, December 13th from
12 Bell Street, Bellport
Tricia Foley with a book signing of her recently
published book, Life/Style: Elegant
Simplicity at Home. Free to members.
The Great Duck Dinner
On Friday, August 28th, the
Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society held their season finale, "The Great
Duck Dinner." It was an “al fresco” dinner on the grounds of the BBHS. There
were cocktails under the great Candelabra Pine followed by a specially
prepared three course farm-to-table dinner featuring Crescent Farms Long
Island Duck. Over 100 people attended and had a wonderful, relaxing, time.
Click here to see photos from the event.
Click here to see photos from the
Bicycle Scavenger Hunt.
The Bellport-Brookhaven Historical
Society's “Old-Time Country Crafts"
On Saturday, July 18th, the Bellport-Brookhaven
Historical Society held an “Old-Time Country Crafts Fair” entitled, “How
Things Were Made.” There were live demonstrations and live Hands-On
Lessons with craft specialists in the Historical Society’s traditional
workshops which are still maintained on the grounds of the Historical
Society. There was Blacksmithing & Ironworking, Quilting, Decoy Carving,
Wool Spinning, and Live Old Timey Music.
Click here for more photos from this very special event.
An Evening with Maira Kalman: Author and
On Friday, July 17th, Author and Illustrator Maira Kalman
talked about her life and work, from her covers for The New Yorker to her
books for children and grown-ups. She is as wise as she is funny, quirky as
she is soulful. She has given a TED Talk, been an Academy in Rome Fellow, curated
a show at the Cooper Hewitt and has had a retrospective at the Jewish
What's Special about Antique Bellport Decoys?
Friday, July 10th, Dick Richardson, VP of the Long
Island Decoy Collectors Association, and past President of the Pattersquash
Gunners Club, demonstrated the distinguishing features of works by the
great Bellport Bay decoy carvers.
Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society Presentation: Bob Morris and His New Memoir,
Bobby Wonderful: An Imperfect Son Buries His Parents
On Friday, June 26, 2015, the Bellport-Brookhaven
Historical Society hosted a presentation by Bellport resident, author,
playwright, frequent New York Times contributor and Town and Country
columnist, Bob Morris, about saying goodbye to the people who gave us our
beginning in life in the best way possible. It was a packed house for this
uplifting and humorous talk about something as emotional as it is universal.
This was the first in a series of special presentations the BBHS will be
hosting this summer.
Click here to listen to Bob Morris' presentation.
On Saturday, June 20th, The Bellport-Brookhaven
Historical Society held a very special event for children and families.
Called the “Duck Tales: Learn and Paint Program,” it was designed to
educate the participants about the many ducks in our area and give them
an opportunity to paint their own personal ducks!
The program was presented by Tom Lerner, expert on waterfowl of all
types, and John DiNaro, art educator, sportsman, and environmentalist.
The program began with a short film and presentation on the ducks which
can be found locally and then moved on to instruction on how to
realistically paint the ducks provided for the participants. After
painting their ducks realistically, everyone was given an opportunity to
paint a second duck as outrageously as they could. The program was
finished off with duck shaped cookies and lemonade provided by Joan
Click here to see more photos from the event.
Genealogy 101: The Basics for Tracing your
On Saturday, June 13th, The Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society
held "Genealogy 101: The Basics for
Tracing your Family History" presented by professional genealogist, Laura
Murphy DeGrazia. Do you need proof of a family
connection to be a potential heir? Are family stories true? Are you really
related to someone famous? Do you just want to know who your ancestors were
and where they came from? Participants learned the basics of genealogy research with Laura
Murphy DeGrazia, board certified genealogist specializing in 19th and
20th-century research in the New York City area, including Brooklyn
and Long Island.
The Way It Was: The Old-Time Sporting Life on
On June 12, 2015, the Bellport-Brookhaven
Historical Society held a very special presentation, “The Way It Was:
The Old-Time Sporting Life on Long Island.” The program featured local
sportsmen Tom Lerner and Joe Pendergast, Jr. speaking about the history
of hunting in this area of Long Island. It was a wonderful evening
enjoyed by all who attended and if you’d like to listen to the
Please Click Here
BBHS Members' Holiday Party
The 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.
of "Bellport Lane, a Serendipitous Masterpiece"
by Victor Principe
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
Click Here to listen to
this wonderful presentation.
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.
BBHS Members And
Friends Christmas Party
The 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.
Submissions for the Bellport-Brookhaven
Historical Society's Quilt Exhibit
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.
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).
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
Submitted by: Ann Duncan, Blue Point
Purchased "on the green" in Eagle Merc,
Pennsylvania, no history given.
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.
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
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
The Bellport-Brookhaven Historical
Society Exchange Shop
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 23rd from
11:00am-4:00pm, Sunday, May 24th from
12:00pm-3:00pm, and Monday, May 25th from
12:00pm-3:00pm. 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 MONDAY
morning from 10:00am until 12:00noon (please
note the change in weekday).
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
Below are just some of the
types of wonderful items
you'll find at the Shop!
Click on the speaker to the left to see a slideshow of photos of
what the Exchange Shop has to offer!
According 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.
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
Author Bio (courtesy Arcadia
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.
Society Elected Officers For 2014:
Anna Lou Fletcher
1st Vice President: Kate Carmel
2nd Vice President: Robert Rosenberg
Treasurer: Jonathan Pokorny
Recording Secretary: David Cleaves
Corresponding Secretary: Veronica
Curator: Steven Czarniecki
Archivist: Virginia Waterman
Director of Museum Exchange Shop: Robert Duckworth
Director of Buildings & Grounds:
Membership: David Cleaves
Joan Kaelin Tom Lerner