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Our Roots

Bellport, nestled along the serene waters of its namesake bay, has a rich history that intertwines with the ebb and flow of its coastal surroundings. From time immemorial, the waters off Bellport have enchanted and sustained those who have made their homes nearby. The legacy of this coastal community stretches back to the earliest days of human habitation in the region.

In ages past, the indigenous peoples known as the Unkechaug Indians roamed these shores, their lives intimately connected with the bounty of the sea. Offshore whaling and clam digging for sustenance and wampum, the traditional shell currency of Native Americans, were among their primary pursuits. Bellport Bay, embraced by land on three sides, held a central place in their existence. Until the middle of the 17th century, this land was the ancestral home of the Unkechaug, with their headquarters located in nearby Mastic.

For the Unkechaug, this section of land, now known as Bellport, bore the name "Occumbomock," signifying its position "opposite the fishing place" – an allusion to the inlet through the great south barrier beach that connected the bay to the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. Tobaccus, a prominent Sachem of the Unkechaug, held sway over these lands, overseeing the rhythms of life along the coast.

Yet, as the winds of change swept across the landscape, the destiny of Bellport took a new course. In 1664, an agreement was struck between Tobaccus and a group of settlers represented by Richard Howell and John Cooper. Tobaccus, recognizing the allure of the fertile grasslands and the abundant marine resources, including the burgeoning whaling and fishing industries, agreed to sell the land that encompassed Bellport, Brookhaven Hamlet, and the surrounding areas to these enterprising newcomers.

The settlers, hailing from Setauket, saw in Bellport the promise of prosperity and opportunity. They sought to harness the rich natural resources of the region, from the verdant grasslands that provided essential fodder for their livestock to the bounty of the bay, teeming with shellfish and marine life. With the stroke of a pen, a new chapter in the history of Bellport was written, one marked by the resilience of those who dared to forge a new life along these coastal shores.

Through the centuries, Bellport has evolved and flourished, yet its connection to the sea remains steadfast. Today, as residents and visitors alike gaze out upon the tranquil waters of Bellport Bay, they are reminded of the timeless allure and enduring legacy of this coastal haven.


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Ho-Hum Beach, affectionately known as Bellport Beach among locals, stands as the crown jewel of our village, nestled on the pristine shores of Fire Island between the renowned Smith Point County Park and the picturesque Watch Hill/Fire Island National Seashore. Accessible via the village-owned 42-passenger ferry, aptly named the Whale House Point, or by private boat, this idyllic stretch of coastline beckons beach lovers and sun-seekers alike.

Unlike the bustling crowds often found at other beach destinations, Ho-Hum Beach retains a sense of tranquility. It's a place where the rhythm of the waves and the gentle sea breeze create a serene place for those seeking respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. On any given day, a mere 65 or 70 visitors may be considered unusual, allowing for ample space to unwind and soak in the natural beauty of the surroundings.

Embracing local custom, residents and guests alike participate in a charming ritual upon arrival at the beach. Sandals and sneakers are lined up neatly at the head of the stairs leading down to the shore, a symbolic gesture of community and camaraderie shared among those who frequent this beloved coastal retreat.

For the convenience and comfort of beachgoers, amenities abound at Ho-Hum Beach. A beach concession offers a small selection of food and snacks. Additionally, vigilant lifeguards stand watchful guard while the ferry is in operation, ensuring the safety and well-being of all.

For those seeking calmer waters, Mother's Beach provides a delightful alternative. Nestled along the tranquil bay waters, this charming enclave is a favorite among families, offering a closer alternative to the center of town. A quick stroll from the heart of the village leads to this inviting stretch of shoreline, where children frolic in the gentle waves and parents bask in the warmth of the sun, creating cherished memories against the picturesque backdrop of Bellport's coastal charm.


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Community Ammenities

Bellport residents are fortunate to have access to a diverse range of community amenities that stand among the finest along the South Shore of Long Island. From cultural attractions to recreational opportunities, this charming village offers a wealth of options to cater to the interests and preferences of its residents.

For outdoor enthusiasts, Bellport boasts impressive recreational facilities. The Bellport Country Club provides a haven for golfers, boasting a pristine 18-hole layout that serves as a testament to the village's sporting heritage. Dating back to the 19th century, this historic course offers a picturesque setting amidst the natural beauty of the landscape.

The Bellport Marina serves as a bustling hub of activity throughout the year. During the warmer months, sailboat races draw spectators, while residents gather to socialize at the newly refurbished playground. In the colder months, the Marina transforms into a winter playground, with activities such as hockey games, skating, and sledding providing entertainment for all ages. Set against the backdrop of the Great South Bay and Fire Island, the Marina offers breathtaking views, surrounded by lush park grounds, a playground, and a band shell for community events.

With over 150 berths, a launching ramp, and priority given to village residents, the Marina is a popular destination for boating and waterfront activities. Fishing and crabbing from the dock are popular pastimes, allowing residents to connect with the natural beauty of the bay.

At the heart of Bellport's cultural scene lies The Gateway Playhouse, a renowned theater that presents a rich variety of performances, from Broadway productions to intimate theatrical experiences. Along the quaint streets lined with numerous shops and restaurants, residents and visitors alike can immerse themselves in the vibrant cultural life of the village.

For the latest information on facilities, activities, and events, residents can visit the Village website, which serves as a valuable resource for staying connected and engaged with all that Bellport has to offer.





Annual Events


The Bellport Summer Concert Series is a cherished tradition that brings together residents and visitors alike for evenings of music, entertainment, and community spirit. Held in the picturesque setting of Bellport's parks or outdoor venues, these concerts offer a diverse lineup of performances ranging from local bands to renowned artists.

The concert series typically takes place on Fridays during the warmer months, providing a delightful way for people to enjoy the outdoors while immersing themselves in the sounds of live music. Whether it's jazz, classical, rock, or pop, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

One of the highlights of the Bellport Summer Concert Series is the sense of camaraderie and togetherness it fosters among attendees. Families and friends gather with blankets and picnic baskets, creating a relaxed and festive atmosphere where memories are made and friendships are forged.

The Bellport Summer Concert Series is a beloved tradition that embodies the spirit of summer and celebrates the vibrancy of the Bellport community. Whether you're a music lover, a social butterfly, or simply looking for a fun way to spend a summer evening, the concert series offers something special for everyone to enjoy.



Community Upkeep


The Post-Morrow Foundation emerged from the passionate commitment of Thomas and Elisabeth Morrow to the rural countryside they cherished. Inspired by their love for nature and wildlife, they envisioned creating woodlands, meadows, and streams as sanctuaries for both animals and humans to delight in. Equally important to them was the preservation of the Brookhaven area against the encroachment of suburban development.

Founded in 1969, the Post-Morrow Foundation has remained steadfast in its mission to realize the dreams of its founders. Guided by a dedicated board of trustees and bolstered by unwavering community support, the foundation has worked tirelessly to protect and enhance the natural beauty of the region.

Through strategic land acquisitions, conservation initiatives, and stewardship programs, the foundation has transformed its vision into reality. Woodlands have been preserved, meadows nurtured, and streams safeguarded, creating havens for wildlife and havens of tranquility for all to enjoy.

The Post-Morrow Foundation stands as a testament to the power of passion and dedication in preserving the beauty and integrity of our natural world. Its legacy continues to inspire generations to come, ensuring that the rural countryside of the Brookhaven area remains a cherished treasure for all.

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Unique Sports


When the temperature hovers below 20 degrees and icy winds whip across the shoreline, most beachgoers retreat indoors. But in Bellport, a different kind of excitement takes hold as members of the South Bay Scooter Club converge along the frosty shores.

Ice scooters, an integral part of Bellport's maritime heritage, have graced the waters of the Great South Bay for over a century. Initially utilized by locals to transport supplies across the frozen bay to the US Lifesaving Station on Fire Island, these versatile craft featured runners attached to their wooden hulls, allowing them to glide over ice and skim over open water with equal ease.

Typically measuring between 14 to 16 feet in length and equipped with a distinctive bowsprit, known as a horn, and two sails, ice scooters epitomize both elegance and efficiency. Their rudderless design requires skilled navigation, with the skipper relying on the sails to steer the vessel. When propelled by strong winds, these scooters can reach speeds of 50 to 60 mph, providing an exhilarating experience for those brave enough to ride them.

Participation in ice scootering is not for the faint of heart. As riders glide across the frozen expanse, the thrill of the experience quickly separates individuals into two distinct groups: those eager to stay on board for the ride of a lifetime and those who may prefer solid ground. It's a test of courage and camaraderie, where friendships are forged and memories are made in the icy embrace of winter.

The South Bay Scooter Club, a gathering of enthusiasts dedicated to preserving and celebrating the tradition of ice scootering, meets at the Bellport Yacht Club at the Bellport Marina during the winter months. Open to all who share a passion for adventure and a love of the sea, the club offers a welcoming community for those eager to experience the thrill of ice scootering firsthand. Whether seasoned veterans or newcomers to the sport, members of the South Bay Scooter Club come together to share stories, swap tips, and revel in the timeless allure of Bellport's maritime legacy.

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The Old Purchase South


Our name "Old Purchase Properties" pays homage to this rich maritime heritage, reflecting our commitment to tradition, innovation, and the timeless allure of Bellport's coastal charm.

The Old Purchase South in Bellport holds a significant place in the area's history and heritage. It refers to a substantial tract of land on the south shore acquired by a group of settlers in March 1667. This land purchase was made from Tobaccus, a local indigenous leader, in exchange for fifty fadum of wampum, which was equivalent to four fur coats and $16.25 in cash.

The Old Purchase South was not only about land acquisition but also included fishing rights off its shores. Tobaccus granted all whale rights to the Brookhaven settlers, who subsequently employed Native Americans as whalemen. This transaction marked an important chapter in the relationship between the settlers and the indigenous peoples of the area.

Today, the Old Purchase South area in Bellport stands as a testament to the rich history and cultural heritage of the region. It serves as a reminder of the early interactions between settlers and indigenous peoples and the importance of the land and its resources in shaping the community's identity.

While the landscape may have evolved over the centuries, with modern amenities and developments now dotting the area, the legacy of the Old Purchase South continues to be honored and remembered by the residents of Bellport as an integral part of their shared history.


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