New Photo History of Bridgeport, NY


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Bridgeport Ny historyDiscussing the importance of the history of Bridgeport, NY, is the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series. The book titled Bridgeport from local author Judy Barrett boasts a collection of more than 200 archival images.

“Bridgeport is still a hamlet, which is another factor in the continuance of the uniqueness of our community,” writes author Judy Barrett. In her new book, Barrett celebrates the history of this unique hamlet, which lies in both the towns of Cicero, in Onondaga County, and Sullivan, in Madison County. It is divided only by Chittenango Creek, which was the main attraction for settlement in the early years.

Judy Barrett states, “History has always been an intriguing subject for me and I hope that more people will develop that interest because of what they learn about the history of their community.” Barrett culled vintage photographs from local resident’s collections in order to complete this pictorial history. Included are images showing the many farms that once dotted the landscape as well as the small industries that sprang up in the hamlet and the development of Route 31.

Judy Barrett was born and raised on a farm along Oneida Lake in Bridgeport. She graduated with a degree in history from LeMoyne College, continued her education by obtaining a further degree in education at Syracuse University, and became a teacher. She retired after 32 years of teaching and is presently working part-time at the Bridgeport Library.

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9 thoughts on “New Photo History of Bridgeport, NY

  1. Dorothy Heller

    Judy,

    I would love to get in touch with you by email. I have pssed thru Bridgeport so many times I can’t remember going to or returning from Albany and Saugerties where by son and his family live. The Clay Historical Association I think would be interested in having you as a presenter at a meeting. Please contact me at historian@townofclay.org.

    Dorothy Heller

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  2. James Alley

    I am writing my memories of Bridgeport, that will include the Minstrel shows in the playhouse, and the fireman’s field days behind Alley’s Drive In 1952.
    Would like photos if possible.

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    1. JAMES MILLER

      I LIVED IN BRIDGEPORT ALL MY LIFE AND CANT SEEM TO REMEMBER THE FIELD DAYS ANY WHERE BUT IN BACK OF PRESENT FIRE BARN WHAT YEARS WERE THEY IN BACK OF ALLEYS I THOUGHT THAT WAS ALWAYS ED PINDLES PASTURE.im probably wrong as i just read the comment ahead of mine and i also knew jimmy alley well so he sure would know if they were in back of his house

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  3. Shirley Schiltz

    Note to Jim Alley, I grew up in Bridgeport all my life, I am a Jardine girl, Mary’s sister Shirley, and I would love to see any pictures that you can share with me….Is there any way that Carol and I could be added to these notices….Would appreciate it very much….Thank you and have a good day….Shirley Jardine Schiltz

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    1. Shirley Schiltz

      Hi Jim, My sister Mary speeds signed me up today for this site….I am finding it so interesting to read the stories of the Village I grew up in….Keep those stories coming….Have a good day, Shirley Schiltz

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    1. SHIRLEY SCHILTZ

      HE BARB, MY SISTER MARY PUT ME ON MEMORIES OF BRIDGEPORT A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO….I AM HAVING SUCH FUN WITH THE PICTURES AND NOTES FROM PEOPLE THAT GREW UP IN THE SAME TOWN OR HAMLET AS ME….SO MUCH HISTORY I HAVE FORGOTTEN ABOUT….CAROL AND MARYLOU ARE BOTH ON IT NOW, AND SUCH A GOOD TIME LOOKING BACK….GLAD YOU ARE SEEING IT BARB, I FOUND OUT, SO NOT THINK I EVER KNEW THAT MARY LOU TOOK MY INNOCENT LITTLE SISTER CAROL TO THE BROWN DERBY IN LAKEPORT….IF I KNEW I FORGOT….BET MY MOTHER NEVER KNEW….HOPE THIS SIGHT KEEPS GOING….

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  4. Nan Robinson

    Hello,
    I grew up in Bridgeport. My parents bought a house in the brand new Oneida Park in 1963. I was 7 years old. I have many fond memories including riding bikes with my friends up to Fisher Bay Marina, visiting the old Bridgeport Cemetary, Alleys, Ferstlers store, Mary’s Gift Shop, the Bridgeport Library which was tiny, the Western Auto, the white Methodist church and the brown Catholic church, the Bridgeport Teen Club in an old barn behind a gas station alongside the creek, the Field Days which arrived every fall, and of course, brutal winters that often snowed is in. I also remember trick or treating throughout Oneida Park with my friends, and picking wild raspberries in the fields next to our development. It was a great place to grow up.
    I would love to buy a copy of your book! Where can I find it?
    Nan

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  5. Nan (Wallace) Robinson

    Oh.. I also remember “the Diner”…the Bridgeport Inn… And of course, the big grocery store adjacent to our development..the Victory! Next door to the Victory was the Bridgeport Pharmacy. My dad used to send me over there every now and then with some change and a note. The note requested a pack of Pall Mall cigarettes, the red package. Cost was 25 cents. Dad would include an extra nickel for me so I could pick out a candy bar for my trouble.
    It was a simpler time growing up there in the 60’s. All the horrible stuff on the news didn’t seem to touch us. We went about our business.. Dad went off to work every morning, mom stayed home and took care of the house and prepared a hot, home cooked meal each evening. We had our small town life and our dog and two cats. Mom also grew a beautiful flower garden and planted wonderful trees, we had a weeping willow in the back yard, among others. She had a huge lilac bush on the side of the house and we could always smell the scent of the bunches of blooms. She had rose bushes too. Dad made sure all of our needs were met and mom took care of us and created a lovely home. They are both gone now. I have grown old, retired 2 years ago. But my memories of Bridgeport and my home there remain with me always.
    Nan

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