LI Herald article on bay houses

Thank you to the Long Island Herald for publishing this wonderful article about the bay house owned by Sue Lyons and Tommy Famiglietti, and giving insight into the challenging life of bay house owners. Read the article here.

Please join us for a special virtual program on Monday, January 31 at 7 pm in conjunction with the East Meadow Public Library — The screening of “Life on the Bays” by filmmaker Jeffrey Basinger. Baymen have been a Long Island traditional occupation for over 300 years. This poignant and important film addresses the plight […]

Please join us at the Freeport Memorial Library for this special event! Folklorist Nancy Solomon, the executive director of Long Island Traditions, has written a new book “Boat Builders and Boat Yards of Long Island: A Tribute to Tradition” published by The History Press. In this book Solomon documents the traditions and places of Long […]

A World Within a World: The Bay Houses of Long Island

Please join us at the Sayville Library on November 4, 2021 from 7 to 8:30 pm for a special screening of A World Within a World: The Bay Houses of Long Island, directed by Barbara Weber. The film captures the perseverance and dedication of generational bay home owners who struggle to preserve century long traditions, […]

WLIW is airing the documentary “A World Within a World: Bay Houses of Long Island” on WLIW21 at 8 pm on October 15, 2020. The film was produced by Barbara Weber and Greg Blank and provides a rare look at the bay houses on the South Shore of Long Island. The film is being shown […]

WLIW.org recently posted an article about “A World Within a World: Bay Houses of Long Island,” which will be airing on WLIW21 on October 15th at 8pm. The article includes a gallery of photos of bay houses. Read the article here!

Publications Videos

Photo: Tony Sougstad

Tony Sougstad: Dragger Fisherman Tony Sougstad was a dragger fisherman who lived in Freeport from the 1960s. He became a dragger boat captain in 1970, after working as an engineer, because he preferred working on the water—a tradition common in Norwegian families. He caught a variety of species, including fluke, flounder, squid, and whiting. Like […]

Fishermen and baymen, duck hunters and decoy carvers, clamshell artists and lifeguards are just some of the tradition bearers featured here. Through oral histories, Long Island Traditions has documented dozens of those committed to preserving a life on the water. Most are participants in our maritime education programs or festivals and museum programs. If you […]

Islip, Oakdale, West Sayville, Sayville, Bellport, Bayport, Patchogue and Brookhaven Hamlet Please visit the survey for tips and suggestions on how to document your house and community. Islip Islip and Great River are two of the oldest communities in the estuary, originally inhabited by the Secatogues, Pentaquit and Connetquot Native American tribes. In the 1600s William […]