Hallockville Museum Farm has named a new executive director: Heather Johnson of Smithtown, who will join the organization as of Jan. 9. Courtesy photo.

The Hallockville Museum Farm has a new executive director.

The nonprofit’s board of directors has hired Heather Johnson of Smithtown to operate the Northville museum, effective Jan. 9, according to a press release from the museum. 

“With a working farm, a museum with historic buildings and exhibits, and an educational community resource, our executive director wears many hats. We welcome Heather and the diverse experience she brings to this important position,” Dale Moyer, the vice president of the Hallockville Museum Farm Board of Directors said.

Johnson was most recently the executive director for Friends of the Bay, a nonprofit environmental protection group in Oyster Bay, according to the press release. She has also worked as an administrator and faculty member at Hofstra University, as well as the conference coordinator for the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the director of the Northport Historical society, according to the press release.

“I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to be the next executive director of historic Hallockville Museum Farm and to guide Hallockville in its mission ‘to take Long Island back to its family farming roots and explore their relevance today,’” Johnson said in a press release. “I look forward to building upon the great work that has been done and to find new ways to offer programs and events to engage people of all ages and backgrounds.”

The Hallockville Museum Farm is situated on a 28-acre preserved farm homestead on Sound Avenue, which includes 19 historic buildings, and hosts educational programs and events surrounding the history of farming on the North Fork of Long Island.

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Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Email: alek@riverheadlocal.com