The Bellport-Brookhaven Museum Complex – The Barn Museum

The Barn Museum is giving visitors an intimate and detailed glimpse into the lives of people who lived on the shores of Bellport Bay for over four centuries. The Barn Museum includes six major historic structures and buildings situated on two acres right in the heart of beautiful Bellport Village.


Post-Crowell House

This is the centerpiece of the museum complex. This house in Federal-style was constructed by Hiram Post in 1833. Post, a master ship-builder, erected the $800 house using square nails and wooden pegs while using wood of the highest available quality and he also used extra girth floor beams. Located behind this main house you can find the original historic Milk House that highlights local dairy practices.

Ralph Brown Building

In 1980, Ralph Brown donated this former hardware store to the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society. The building was constructed by Watkins and Robinson in the period 1875-1900 and served to house their business while they were developing Bell Street. Watkins and Robinson were Bellport’s major builders in those years. This way of constructing commercial buildings was at one time common across Long Island.

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Bellport Exchange Shop

The Bellport Exchange Shop (also referred to as the “Barn Museum Shop”), is located in a gorgeous and well-kept historic building at 12 Bell Street in Bellport, New York. The Village of Bellport is found on beautiful Long Island, about half an hour’s drive east-southeast of Hauppauge on Long Island’s southern shores. To get an impression of Bellport, check out this video:

The Bellport Exchange Shop is a lovely Historic Shop, really a must-visit if you’re in the area. You can find unique gifts at very affordable prices here and the shop is super-organized and well-appointed to let you find your treasure easily.

The Exchange Shop is run by Bellport-Brookhaven’s Historical Society members and is the best place to meet Bellport Village’s locals support the operations with all their hearts and the vibe and friendliness of the village can be felt here best.

The Exchange Shop of Bellport-Brookhaven’s Historical Society has always welcomed new consignments will start to accept consignments for the upcoming season on May 16 (Wednesday) and then on subsequent Wednesdays as well from 10 am to noon.

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Bellport Village welcomed St. Patrick’s Day

This is a review of Bellport Village St. Patrick’s Day in 2018. Bellport’s Fire Department presented their 3rd annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday, March 17, 2018. The festivities kicked off at 11 am when the parade set off from Station Road and 2nd Street to go through Main Street on its way to the Bellport firehouse. There are more small-town St. Patrick’s Day parades like the one in this video in Westhampton Beach on Long Island:

Shawn Krulder was the Bellport Parade’s organizer and he was looking forward to the third annual parade that started out so humbly. In 2015, fire department personnel started to set up some springtime activities and they were wondering why Bellport Village never had its own St. Patrick’s Day parade while the village was perfect for doing that

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Interview with Emily Ferrier Czaja – Bellport Artist

I had the pleasure of visiting with Emily (EM) Czaja– an extraordinary lady. She knows Bellport like, well, let’s put it this way. She was born and raised here and was the Village historian for more than 20 years. If you want to know anything about Bellport, Em probably has the answer.

But there is the other side of Em – the artist. And this was the reason for my visit. Mrs. Czaja very generously donated a large collection of her watercolors, pen and inks, paintings, and artwork to the Bellport Brookhaven Historical Society.

When Did You Begin Painting?
I began drawing as a child but had no formal training. I took lessons from local artists such as Ruth and Jerry Grace and Jody Love. Then it was my turn, and I taught classes to local ladies who met in Olga Roe’s home. What Mediums Do You Like or Dislike? My favorite mediums are pen and ink and watercolors. I now work with markers; they are so handy, and they dry instantaneously.

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Today, We Celebrate Sergeant Stubby

Today, November 11, is Veterans Day. Truth is, no one really knows why we celebrate Veterans Day every year. Is it for the veterans? Probably not, that doesn’t make sense. I was going to research online and ended up on the Bestgedclasses website. It has a lot of dedication to US History social studies pages, and I found something super interesting. My attention was demanded by one specific veteran:

Sergeant Stubby

Before he was a Sarge in WORLD WAR I, Mr. Stubby attended Yale University. He mostly wandered around campus, eating garbage and sniffing dirty underwear. Until one fine sunny afternoon, he came across a group of soldiers during their infantry training session. Being his usual beloved self, he befriended some of the soldiers.

They happened to be training for the great war and thought that Stubby could be a valuable member of their team. So they decided he should come with them to fight (hands down, the best decision they ever made). Problem was, Mr. Stubby wasn’t in the military and so was not technically invited. Stubby technically didn’t give a damn about any of that, so when it was time to head overseas, Stubs snuck on a ship to France, then snuck back off.

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Education in America some 110 years ago – 1909

My oh my, how time flies! It seems like only yesterday when only 6% of all Americans graduated from high school, the average salary was 22 cents per hour, and the average age was 47. On the home front, only 14% of homes had a bathtub and 8% of homes had a telephone. Sugar cost four cents a pound, eggs were fourteen cents a dozen, and coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

There were 8000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads. The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph. The leading cause of death was pneumonia and influenza. Considering how far we’ve advanced in 100 years, I wonder what it will be like in 2119?


John Deitz, Brookhaven Hamlet historian, spoke to a standing-room-only crowd on Sunday. Before John began, he announced: “this is my third and final presentation of ‘Brookhaven Hamlet Cultural Heritage 101’.” Luckily, the event was filmed and will be available on John generously donated his slides and slide board to the Society for use in a future exhibit.

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Saratoga Springs: A Historic Treasure and a Destination for All Seasons

Saratoga Springs is both historic as well as alive today with tourism and culture. Once recognized by the Native Americans for its abundant mineral springs, which were thought to hold many curative powers, became a hotbed of the tourism industry before such things as tourism were even thought of.

The Native Americans brought Sir William Johnson to the springs to help his injuries as early and the mid-1700s and later even George Washington visited this mineral wonderland.

The man who actually put the springs on the map was its first entrepreneur, Gideon Putnam. Putman developed the land he owned putting up a hotel and baths for visitors who soon were arriving at the spa in great numbers. By the mid-1830s hotels and spas had sprung up all over as rail transportation allowed easier access. With the addition of train service, visitors from New York City thronged to the spa.

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Historic Fort Blakeley, Alabama

My wife and I took a wonderful day-trip to Fort Blakeley, Alabama, last weekend. the weather was still nice and over the coming days, it will only get colder. Much colder! Located a few miles north of Spanish Fort, Fort Blakeley, in conjunction with Spanish Fort, was built to defend Mobile from a land attack from the east. Mobile lies across the bay to the west.

The Battle of Fort Blakeley was in 1865, from April second to April ninth in Alabama’s Baldwin County, some 6 miles from Spanish Fort.

Remarkably, after 142 years, the earthen works of the fort are still in very good condition. The first remnant we came upon was a Confederate trench line a few hundred yards beyond where the pavement ends and where the American flag flies inside the park.

From the flag, the road curves around and passes a monument on the right side of the road. The monument is to the Missouri troops—from both sides—that fought at Blakeley. On the opposite side of the road from the Missouri monument is a cemetery where some of the original settlers of Blakeley are buried.

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Murder Your Way to Success in 5 Easy Steps

In 1492, Columbus sailed the blue ocean.

He was sent by the royalty of Spain to find gold in Asia. Instead, he found the Bahamas, which is not gold, but still pretty awesome. Well, tomorrow is Columbus Day, so let’s dig a little deeper into how Columbus did his tricks…

His crew consisted of three ships full of Popeyes, and the first person to spot land was supposed to win a yearly boat-load of Spanish moolah for life. Some nobody named Rodrigo supposedly spotted the beach first, but screw that guy. Columbus just said that he already saw it last night, and claimed the prize. Teamwork!


In order to lead your team to victory, you must look out for yourself first and foremost. If you are not taken care of, then how can you take care of anyone else? Be the CEO that makes 3000 times as much as everyone in the company combined. Feed those dogs your scraps. Or don’t feed them at all! They’ll live. (or die)

When Columbus and his miscreant goons arrived at the island, the natives awed at his giant wooden boat (not a euphemism) and welcomed his crew with open arms and free gifts. Columbus thought it was hilarious that they had no weapons, and decided that it would be a piece of cake to turn them all into servants.

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The Forgotten Campaign in the Wake of Jackson

From 1810 to 1818 the United States actively sought to acquire Spanish Florida as U.S. territory. Several attempts by various adventurous characters were made and since mostly forgotten. The most successful attempts to steal Florida from Spain were conducted by Andrew Jackson in 1814 and 1818. The least-known attempt to take Florida was conducted by Major Uriah Blue in late 1814 and early 1815.

andrew Jackson from an engraving done in France in 1817.
He was very popular with the French after the Battle of New Orleans.

(Note:  One of the Muskogee traditions is to spell Andrew Jackson with lower case letters: andrew jackson).

General Andrew Jackson took over Pensacola on November 7, 1814.  He soon left to meet the British at New Orleans for the battle that would make him famous. jackson left Major Uriah Blue in Florida to be his rear guard, and to attack Red Sticks that had escaped Jackson’s wrath at Horseshoe Bend.  Blue’s regiment of around 1000 troops included a large number of friendly Creek, Chickasaw, and Choctaw Scouts; and the famous frontiersman David Crockett.

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