Hallockville Museum Farm was created to preserve and interpret the history of farming on the North Fork of Long Island. The Museum got its start with the preservation of the Hallock Homestead. The original portion of the homestead was built in 1765 by Ruben Brown. Ezra Hallock bought the farm and lived in the house sometime after the Revolution . In 1801, Ezra sold the sixty-acre farm and buildings to his brother Captain Zachariah Hallock (1749-1820) for his son Zachariah Hallock 2nd (1776-1854). Zachariah 2nd was married in 1800 and he and his descendents lived in the homestead until 1979 when his great-granddaughter Ella Hallock moved out at age 95 to a nursing home in Riverhead where she died at the age of 100 in 1985. Capt. Zachariah did not live here but in a house further east.
The Museum gains its name of Hallockville from the Puritan tradition of carving out a piece of the family farm for male heirs of marrying age. By the latter part of the 1800’s many of the houses along Sound Avenue belonged to descendants of Capt. Zachariah Hallock causing locals to refer to the area as “Hallockville.”
To take Long Island back to its family farming roots and explore their relevance today.
To create a vibrant, active, and inclusive Hallockville community rooted in history and focused on the future.
The Hallockville Education Committee explores and develops new ideas for education of both adults and children with staff participation and in accordance with the Mission of Hallockville Museum Farm. The Committee also helps locate funding sources and assists with finding knowledgeable teachers, schools and libraries to increase awareness of the ‘Living Heritage’ at Hallockville. The Committee may also assist in providing training for educators. The Committee will advise the staff and volunteers in any way possible to expand and carry out existing educational programs.
SCHOOL TRIPS & PROGRAMS
Our mission is to re-connect the community with our shared agricultural heritage, and a very important part of that is our educational programming. We are passionate about engaging children and encourage parents and educators to explore how the resources available at Hallockville can be incorporated to formal and informal curricula.
Hallockville Museum Farm is a unique educational resource– it is the only place in Suffolk County where you will find history combined with a working farmstead. Our 28 acre campus has 18 historic buildings spanning 250 years on the North Fork of Eastern Long Island. Animals, gardens, and farmland are all important elements of our working landscape. In addition, Hallockville is part of over 500 acres of preserved land that stretches to Long Island Sound and is a great venue to have school programs.
We have several standard educational programs that each can be tailored to suit the needs of particular groups. In addition, we can develop additional and specific programming for special events and purpose, and for students of all ages and abilities. Call 631-298-5292 to plan your visit, or contact us through our online form.