The house tour is back
BAYPORT—The 29th Autumn House Tour, sponsored by the Bayport Heritage Association, will take place on Sunday, Oct. 23. After a one-year hiatus, its return is welcome news to those who have made attending this event an annual fall tradition.
Mary Bailey, president of BHA, is the new chairperson of the house tour. She and a small committee of around four people decided to take on the challenge of running the tour again after many former committee members moved away.
“It was hard to find a group to run it again,” Bailey said. “I’m proud we were able to do this; it was a real undertaking.”
This year’s tour will include six houses and also a tour of Meadow Croft, the Suffolk County-owned former estate of John Ellis Roosevelt in Sayville that is managed by BHA. Bailey said four of the houses are located in Blue Point and the other two are in Bayport. The homes range from historical to architecturally significant. Several are well over 100 years old. She said one house, which dates to the 1880s, features a light fixture on the exterior of the accompanying barn that had originally graced the first Blue Point Train Station. The owner, who happens to be the BHA historian, will have his own 1916 Maxwell parked in the driveway of his home.
“There will be an antique car in every driveway on the tour,” Bailey added.
“It’s interesting to see how people decorate their homes,” Bailey noted, adding that many choose to elaborate on the autumn or Halloween theme.
The houses can be toured in non-specific order, including Meadow Croft, where apple cider and cookies will be served and a raffle table will be available. Four hundred tickets are expected to be sold, which costs $25 per person. They can be purchased at Country Junque in Bayport, Bayport Flower Houses and at the Bayport-Blue Point Library. And they usually do sell out.
Bailey said having missed one year of the tour has added to the excitement this year. However, she’s not focusing on it being a biennial event. “It’s hard to get people to commit to having 400 people walk through your house,” she said, but noted that she already has a few commitments for another house tour.
“I’m shooting to do it again next year,” she added.
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