SyoTube: Do You Remember Lollipop Farm?

This Syosset landmark is long gone, but memories can be found on Youtube.

YouTube isn't just for laughing babies and sneezing pandas! One search can yield dozens of videos about your hometown of Syosset. We'll be bringing one to Patch each week.

This week's clip is called "Lollipop Farm - Syosset, NY," uploaded by MrPacocanela to YouTube.com. Children feed the ducks, ride around a mini-modern train, and learn about Suffolk Sheep at the old farm that was once the main family attraction in Syosset.

Do you remember Lollipop Farm? Did you do any of the things in this clip with your own family? Share your memories in the comments section below!

Have a clip we should see? Email it to the editor at heather.doyle@patch.com.

Yvonne Kleine April 07, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Oh gosh!!! This brought me way back!!! My parents brought us there all the time. I remember the train and the ducks and how much fun we had. No giant coasters, just parents and kids and animals having a good time. I remember that one of the ducks accidentally bit me on the hand when I was feeding him and my Mother wanted to take me to the hospital. My Dad just dipped his handkerchief in some coke and rubbed the bite and we went on with the day.
Heather Doyle April 07, 2012 at 05:46 PM
That's so nice, Yvonne! I've heard a lot about this farm and it sounds like the simplicity was what made it so fun. PS -- I was bitten by a duck when I was little too. Never fully recovered.
Randy Stricker April 08, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Ahhhhh... Lollipop Farm! Memories with a capital "M"! Growing up just a few block away and just across Jericho Tpke which my old friends and I crossed often as children because there wasn't alot of traffic back then. Our parents brought us there on weekends. Once entering, the very first thing we would see was the giant tortise. He was inside the building just before you went outside into the farm. I can still close my eyes and smell the popcorn that filled the air. I am wondering where the older gentleman is in this video who ran the train. He always wore overalls and an engineers hat. The train was a favorite back then. It was magical. Even years after Lollipop farm closed we would go up and walk the train tracks...something we couldn't do as children. We would go to the pond there and feed the ducks. I remember hearing that the big building was an old ice house (Syossetscrapbook.com I believe) where local residents would bring their perishables. They would chop blocks of ice from the frozen pond and use them to keep the building at a steady temperature. The walls were filled with hay for insulation, kind of like a giant fridge. That place was historical to say the least and should have remained. It burned to the ground in the mid to late 60's from stray fireworks. Syosset was such a beautiful little Hamlet back then. It was a time filled with nostalgia. It's a shame we didn't realize how important nostalgia would become to all of us.
michelle April 09, 2012 at 05:16 PM
I grew up until 6th grade in rego park. in the spring my parents would take my sister and myself to the "country" to see the animals and ride the train at lollipop farm. i do believe i still have similar 35 mm film of our outings! oddly, they ended up moving here! funny how things work out.
Heather Doyle April 11, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Randy, you'd be great at answering our Syosset Then and Now questions! Here's the latest one: http://patch.com/A-swhw
Heather Doyle April 11, 2012 at 04:16 PM
michelle, if you ever convert the home movies, definitely share them with us! Looks like a lot of our readers have fond memories of Lollipop Farm!
Susan Lee April 15, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Yes! This is such a wonderful childhood memory. I remember the train, the animals and the rooster who scared me to death when it crowed. I remember the giant tortoise. Thanks for the memory!
Randy January 29, 2013 at 04:30 PM
I was taken to Lollipop Farm as a kid (I'm from Glen Head, not Syosset). Later my sister was in a production of L'Il Abner in our very theatrical high school, North Shore High. Playing a small but large part was a live pig (Salome, or Salami--get it?) which we kept in our (emptied) swimming pool during the production. Later she found a forever home at Lollipop Farm!


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