No, Hallockville is not my new Facebook group—but, hey, that’s a good idea. It is a real museum farm that once belonged to my distant ancestors. Hallock is not my legal last name, but it was my middle name (before I married). It came to me from my paternal grandmother because it was her maiden name. My mother almost called me “Halley” for short, but then she worried that it would be too odd, and I would not like it. Now, of course, Halley (spelled many ways) is very popular. I would have been a trend-setter! Instead, I was called Jenny, like pretty much every other girl in the 1970s.
Peter Hallock (probably originally Peter Holyoke) was a Puritan escaping repression in England. He, along with other Pilgrims, came seeking a land where he could freely worship (and, ironically, force others to worship like him). He, his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and so on all lived in what is now Long Island, which is where you will find Hallockville.
I missed the Country Fair this year, but I did order An Introduction to Hallockville to learn more about the family history, and I will be subscribing to the Hallock Family Connections newsletter! Stay tuned for me to dig up the dirt all on the Hallocks for you.