OLD PURCHASE PROPERTIES
From earliest times
the waters off Bellport have influenced and charmed the lives of
those who live nearby. Offshore whaling and the digging of clams
for food and wampum were pursuits of the Indians.
Bellport Bay is landlocked
on three sides and until the middle of the seventeenth century
this was the home of the Unkechogue Indians. They called the
section now Bellport, Occumbomock, meaning "opposite the fishing
place," which was the inlet through the great south barrier
beach from the Atlantic. Tobaccus, Sachem of the Unkechogues
sold the land that is now Bellport, Brookhaven Hamlet and the
lands to the north of these two villages to a group of men who
settled in Setauket in 1655. They wanted the abundant grasslands
on the south side of the island to furnish salt hay and grass as
bedding for their livestock. They also had their eyes on the
whaling industry and fishing in the bay, especially the shell
fishing. On June 10, 1664 an agreement was signed between
Tobaccus and a group of men represented by Richard Howell and
John Cooper. For fifty fadum of wampum, which was actually paid
by four fur coats and $16.25 in cash, the men bought a
substantial tract of south shore land and the fishing rights off
its shore. In March 1667 Tobaccus deeded all whales to the
Brookhaven settlers and the Indians continued to be employed by
the settlers as whalemen. This land bought from Tobaccus was
called The Old Purchase South.
Today the ocean offers
fishing, swimming, surf boarding and sunning on incomparable
beaches, while Bellport Bay provides skating, ice boating and
scootering over the frozen ice in winter and sailing and
crabbing in summer.
Captain Thomas Bell first
came to Occumbomock with his brother as an employee of the
American Coast Wrecking Company to wreck the Vessel Irene that
had foundered off Great South Beach opposite present day
Bellport. He was so attracted by the region that in a short time
he returned to make this his home. Today the heritage and amenities
of the Bellport-Brookhaven area continue to attract old and new
WHETHER YOU DESIRE AN INVESTMENT IN
REAL ESTATE, A PRIMARY RESIDENCE, A VACATION HOME, OR A SUMMER
RENTAL THE DECISION TO CHOOSE WONDERFUL BELLPORT VILLAGE AND BROOKHAVEN
HAMLET WILL PROVIDE A LIFETIME OF BENEFITS. SINCE MANY
ATTRACTIONS ARE PRIVATE, LIKE BELLPORT'S 16 ACRES OF BEACH ON
FIRE ISLAND, YOUR PRIVACY IS ASSURED.
Bellport Village and Brookhaven Hamlet land was purchased
from the Unkechogue Indians on June 10, 1664.
July 4, 1980 The National Register of Historic Places added
over eighty houses from Bellport Village.
Village of Bellport has a population of just 2,900.
country club where all Bellport residents are automatically
members. Enjoy golf at the Bellport Country Club. A par 71
championship course that overlooks the Great South Bay.
Tennis at the country club with five highly maintained,
lighted tennis courts.
Bellport Village owns a 16 acre parcel on Fire Island at the
center of the National Park Service's 8 mile wilderness
zone. The village also operates it's own private ferry to
transport you to this fabulous environment. Or if you wish
cruise over on your own boat. Visit
www.fireisland.com for additional information.
The Village maintains two bay front beaches on the shore of
the Great South Bay.
At the Gateway Playhouse or Professional Theatre.
Bay Yacht Club: Arranges sailing activities and provides
sailing lessons for adults and children.
Bellport Bay, known for it's protected waters and
magnificent sunsets allows you to fulfill all of your
nautical passions. The sheltered marina with boat slips,
moorings, launching ramp, and dry storage areas provides an
ideal home base.
Round fish, flat fish, fin fish and shell fish. In Bellport
you can catch snappers and blue claws from the village dock.
You can fish for flounder, blues, bass, weak fish, hard
clams and black fish. Nearby Fire Island offers surf casting
or fly fish at South Haven Park.