START THE TRAIL HERE!
Visitors can walk the real Sustainabilty Trail at the Museum Farm (map available in the Hudson House gift shop) using their smart phones to access QR codes at each stop. On mobile phones just click the image below! The trail ends at stop #24 behind the barn.
Hallockville Museum Farm’s Virtual Sustainability Trail
Sustainability, recycling, and conservation are terms used in modern day conversation, but did you know that most farms in the 19th-century were models of sustainable living? The Hallock farm was no exception– virtually everything in the home and on the farm was recycled. reused, or repurposed after initial use. Almost nothing was ever wasted or thrown away, and that’s a lesson for today.
The museum’s new “Sustainability Trail” is a trip back to a time when sustainable living was truly a way of life. Along the way, you will meet Halsey Hallock and his family, the last to live in the old Homestead. They will tell you about the many sustainable practices used over 100 years ago– we hope this journey to the past will help you think about your own lifestyle today and in the future.
HALLOCKVILLE MUSEUM FARM exists through the support of visitors like yourself. Our Mission is to take Long Island back to its family farming roots and explore their relevance today. Your help in maintaining Hallockville today and into the future is critical. Please consider making a donation, joining our mailing list, becoming a member, or asking about sponsorship opportunities
HIGH TECH AND THE PAST MEET AT HALLOCKVILLE MUSEUM FARM
Walking around Hallockville Museum Farm may be like taking a step back in time, but the experience is now enhanced by futuristic technology.
Thanks to a grant from the Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation Hallockville, located off Sound Avenue in Riverhead, now offers visitors the chance to follow a high-tech, virtual Sustainability Trail. The trail makes use of informational guideposts that dot the grounds. Each sign is fitted with a QR code. When scanned by a tour taker with a camera app on a smartphone, an audio narration will pop up along with photos or videos — in some cases, both. “Members” of the Hallock family, which had the property in its name from at least 1801 until 1979, will be heard talking about how the farm operated, with details about such things as how they recycled gray water, fed garbage to pigs and used their rainwater capture system.
We would not have been able to undertake a project like this without the help of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation. Hallockville Museum Farm graciously thanks the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation for their continuing support of Hallockville’s mission: To take Long Island back to its family farming roots and explore their relevance today.