A Farm Family on Long Island's North Fork

The Lost World of the Hallocks and Their Sound Avenue Community

By Richard A. Wines

Subjects: New York/regional, American History, Social And Cultural History
Hardcover : 9781438499833, 320 pages, November 2024
Expected to ship: 2024-11-01

Life, love, and scandal in a nineteenth-century Long Island farm community.


In A Farm Family on Long Island's North Fork, Richard A. Wines traces the history of a vital agricultural community on the North Fork of Long Island through the story of the last family to live in the old Homestead at the Hallockville Museum Farm. For well over two centuries, community members were almost all descendants of the same group of seventeenth-century Puritan founders. Yet, despite their shared heritage and complex interrelationships, cultural wars raged. Family members and the community divided bitterly on issue after issue, ranging from whether to allow a melodeon into the church to supporting abolitionism. The community weathered many changes—the Civil War, the emergence of new agricultural technologies, the arrival of Eastern European immigrants, even an attempt to build a string of nuclear power plants in the twentieth century. Wines's deep dives into one community's history uncover stories about slavery, racism, and prejudice that many have chosen to forget, as well as stories of compassion or human tragedy we want to remember. A Farm Family on Long Island's North Fork will appeal to those interested in Long Island regional history and the larger history of rural communities throughout New York and the United States.

Richard A. Wines is the author of Fertilizer in America: From Waste Recycling to Resource Exploitation.


"Wines's book contains the trials and tribulations, the successes and failures, the triumphs and tragedies of the many families over 200 years" — Anthony Anadio, State University of New York, Empire State University

"A detailed microcosmic look at changes in a farming community on Long Island, primarily through the experience of several generations of one family and their relatives and neighbors." — Natalie A. Naylor, Hofstra University