Bellport Village, located along the Great South Bay on the south shore of Long Island, is 65 miles east of Manhattan, half way between New York City and Montauk Point. The Village measures at approximately 1.4 square miles in size, bordered to the east by Brookhaven Hamlet and to the west by East Patchogue.
Bellport’s charm is abundant. It is revered by its historical interest with 80 homes listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is endowed by nature with a high park like location overlooking the Great South Bay. Broad streets, shade trees, attractive homes set amid colorful flowers and emerald green lawns that gently slope to the sparkling waters of the bay. The sunlit expanse of pristine beach and the Atlantic Ocean lie just beyond.
Beach & Marina
The white sands of Ho Hum Beach on Fire Island are located directly across the bay from Bellport Marina, endearingly called “the dock” by locals. The village owned Whalehouse Point Ferry whisks Village residents and their guests across the 2.2 mile spans of lake like waters of the Great South Bay to the secluded oasis. The ferry runs from late May through early September, making several trips daily. Upon arrival to Ho Hum you are greeted by a screened in snack shack, bathroom and shower facilities. Stroll along the boardwalk that stretches from the bay side to the ocean side of the beach where the tumbling surf of the Atlantic and pristine beach await. Surfers, sunbathers, and fishermen especially enjoy the privateness of Ho Hum Beach. Ho Hum Beach offers a safe and secure bathing area, under the surveillance of an ever vigilant lifeguard team.
At the marina the assembled yachts and sail boats afford an inspiring sight, and the concurrent social gatherings are thoroughly enjoyed by all. The Bellport Bay Yacht Club holds frequent races and on Regatta Day the thrill of seeing the racing boats provides a picturesque and exciting scene.
Bellport also operates a bayside beach located at the end of South Howells Point Road. Mothers Beach as its named, is a favorite among those with smaller children. The tranquil still waters of the bay provide excellent wading and swimming. The addition of a playground ensures there is plenty to keep the little ones busy.
Winter on the Bay
Although skating, fishing through the ice and other winter sports are enjoyed, Bellport Village is known as the “Home of the Scooter” where this fascinating sport originated. You must visit Bellport to really experience the thrill of scootering on the almost landlocked Great South Bay. Once you have witnessed a Scooter race, with its display of nerve and skill, you will undoubtedly wish to own your own scooter. The Bellport Yacht Club Building has been the home to the South Bay Scooter Club since 1922.
So enthusiastic is the Village over this wonderful winter pastime that it has voted to adopt “The Scooter” as its emblem.
Bellport Country Club
The Bellport Country Club overlooking the Great South Bay offers excellent dining at its restaurant, Peter’s On The Green, and is open to the public. The Country Club is equipped with a beautiful ball room and catering facilities. The tennis facilities at the club offer resident and non-resident memberships. The 5 Har-Tru courts are well maintained and cared for. Tennis instruction is also available as well as a Junior Development Program. The Bellport Country Club is also host to the Bellport golf course. The pristine 18 hole course dates back to its opening in 1899 and was designed by Seth Raynor. Superb golf, great food, and excellent tennis- all with stunning views over the Great South Bay.
The Bellport kid’s camp program runs Monday Through Friday from 9am to noon throughout the month of July. Resident and non-resident campers who have completed kindergarten, up to and including seventh grade are eligible for the program. With all that the Village has to offer, you can be sure your little campers will come home with many great stories and memories.
Bellport Village’s main street scene is robust with activity. It offers excellent restaurants and cafes, shops and galleries.
Enjoy The Summer Concert Series at bandshell all summer long. Located at the marina, the backdrop of the Great South Bay surely provide for a spectacular setting while enjoying the professional melodies. With a 12 week program shows begin at 8pm every Friday.
The gateway Playhouse is located at the eastern edge of Bellport Village. The beautiful theater and grounds are steeped in history and world class entertainment. A staple of the Bellport Village community, the Gateway Playhouse offers year round entertainment, acting classes, set rentals, and even transforms into the Haunted Playhouse of Horrors during the Halloween season. They also offer costume rental services -which I highly recommend checking out.
The Village and The Bellport Chamber of Commerce sponsor several events throughout the year. The annual East Egg Hunt takes place down by the bay at the end of the lane. At the fourth of July event, Artist on the Lane, you can browse through many beautiful works, maybe even find that perfect piece you have been looking for. The Clipper Classic is a 5k run brings out the athletes and spectators alike. Of course the Bellport Day Festival is an even not to be missed! With outdoor dining provided by village restaurants, live music, rides, games, a petting zoo and much more, this is an even loved and attended by all near and far. Other annual events include the Memorial Day Parade, Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society Gala Fundraiser, Halloween Parade and Holiday Festival in the winter.
Local government is always an important consideration to the home owner. Bellport elects a Mayor and four trustees. Each trustee is elected to a 2-year term, with 2 trustees up for election every year. The mayor is elected to a 2-year term as well. Bellport is responsible for many local services such as snow removal, road maintenance, and garbage removal. These services are paid for by taxes on property within the boundaries of the village. However, taxes are collected by the Brookhaven Receiver of Taxes. Fire service is provided by the Bellport Fire District, and police service is provided by the Suffolk County Police Department and Bellport Village Code Enforcement.
It is a happy combination of all these features that makes Bellport Village so special. Here young and old, whether actively engaged in business or otherwise, find rest and recreation from the crowded city in a charming village offering everything that makes for well-being and enjoyment.
A Brief History Of Bellport Village
Originally the home of the Unkechaug Indians, they called the area of land which is now Bellport, Occumbomock, which means over against the fishing place. That “fishing place” referring to the old inlet that stretched from the south bayinto the ocean. The land on which Bellport is located including Fire Place Neck, which would be considered present day Brookhaven Hamlet, were purchased by the early founders of the Town of Brookhaven, at Setauket, from Tobaccus, Sachem of the Unkechaug Indians on June 10th 1664. The purchase was made for fifty fadum of wampum but alternatively 4 coats and £6/10 shillings were accepted. The 18th century held many purchases and acquisitions of the land making up Bellport and the surrounding areas, during which the Rose family became the principal land owners of Bellport until shortly prior to the Revolutionary War.
As history would have it, by the early 19th century Captain Thomas Bell found himself in Bellport, then Occumbomock, by way of work assignment, to wreck a ship off the Great South Bay. Falling enamored with the area’s charm and commercial potential, Thomas and his brother John made their first land purchase in 1829. Bellport South Shore location was ideal for clamming and fishing and was originally thought to be a commercial seaport, which for many years residents made their living by. With the eventual closure of the inlet, which allowed access to the ocean, Bellport grew as place more suited for leisure and recreation. Enjoyed just as much for its beauty as it was for its recreational opportunities, Many New York City residents began to visit and make Bellport Village their summer retreat. Adding to Bellport’s appeal is its 65 mile proximity to New York City. Thus Bellport as a summer retreat, takes it place as one of the oldest in Suffolk County, and has numbered among its visitors and admirers, some of the most prominent people in the social, business and artistic world. A long standing tradition Bellport continues today.