ORIGINS

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.  

 

 

EARLY DAYS

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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HOME CONSTRUCTION

FOUNDERS

POOL & TENNIS COURT CONSTRUCTION

EVENTS

FROM THE ARCHIVES

The following images are scans of the first Hickory Hill newsletter, appropriately entitled "The Hickory Hill Log." Click on each image to enlarge and read.

HHL 09061950 p1

Hickory Hill Log, Vol. 1 Issue 1, September 6, 1950

HHL 09061950 p2

Hickory Hill Log, Vol. 1 Issue 1, September 6, 1950, Page 2

HHL 10121950 P1

Hickory Hill Log, Volume 1, Issue 5, October 12, 1950, page 1

HHL 10121950 P2

Hickory Hill Log, Volume 1, Issue 5, October 12, 1950, page 2

HHL 10171950

Hickory Hill Log, Volume 1, Issue 6, October 17, 1950

HHL 11301950 P1

Hickory Hill Log, Volume 1, Issue 7, November 30, 1950

ORAL HISTORY

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.

Danforth and Jane Toan_ 1 of 3

Danforth and Jane Toan_ 1 of 3

Danforth and Jane Toan_ 2 of 3

Danforth and Jane Toan_ 2 of 3

Danforth and Jane Toan_ 3 of 3

Danforth and Jane Toan_ 3 of 3

Ted DeBary

Ted DeBary

Eliot Tozer

Eliot Tozer

Jackie Fuller

Jackie Fuller

The McAvoys

The McAvoys

Donna Tozer, Cathy Strakosch, Sarah Sloa

Donna Tozer, Cathy Strakosch, Sarah Sloa

Bill Melone

Bill Melone

Andy Hadley

Andy Hadley

Meryl Toan and Mike Seliger

Meryl Toan and Mike Seliger

Ed Seliger

Ed Seliger

Kate Chipman

Kate Chipman

Peter Horton and Muriel Fox

Peter Horton and Muriel Fox

Kate Chipman

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