In September 1950, 32 families purchased 32 acres of hills, woods, fields, and orchards on the site of the McGillicuddy Farm in historic Tappan, NY, and began construction of this cooperative community. Many, but not all of the families had lived a cooperative lifestyle in what had been army barracks in Camp Shanks, Orangetown, New York. They were WWII veterans, graduate students with young families...they had energy and idealism, but not much money...click through below slide show to learn more.
Each slide show below encapsulates the combination of careful planning, hard work and cooperation that combined to create our unique Hickory Hill Cooperative.
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POOL & TENNIS COURT CONSTRUCTION
FROM THE ARCHIVES
The following images include scans of the first Hickory Hill newsletter, appropriately entitled "The Hickory Hill Log," as well as newspaper articles written about our community. Click on each image to enlarge and read.
For our 60th anniversary, we decided to interview as many of the surviving founders of Hickory Hill as we could. We also interviewed those who were children here primarily in the 1950s-60s. For another perspective, we interviewed a few of our past presidents. The goal was to construct a more personal history about the Coop than is found in the numerous newspaper and magazine articles written over the years. Please click on the images below to hear stories from members past and present.