PO Box 15
Bemus Point, NY 14712
Brief History of the Bemus Point Colony at Long Point State Park
In 2008, my neighbor Pat and I discussed his four gourd colony
on his dock and my grandfather's colony, which I remembered
from childhood. There was an established Purple Martin colony
at the historical Bemus Point/Stow Ferry Crossing that has
been in existence since the 1920's. Pat and I approached the
Historical Boats Society about taking the houses down and painting
them. The houses had seen better days. With the help of a couple
other people we rebuilt and re-erected them the next year.
From that came the now famous "Bemus Point Purple Martin
Society, a peaceful consortium of odd people."
In 2009, we approached Long Point State Park, on Chautauqua
Lake about erecting a T-14 near the marina. This house attracted
martins from neighboring colonies the very first weekend.
our local Boy Scout Troop approached us about expanding our
LPSP site as an Eagle Scout project.Two more T-14s were erected
that fledged birds the first year.