Greenlawn-Centerport Historical Association
The Lollipop Farm Train
The Lollipop Farm Train is running on Saturdays at the John Gardiner Farm from 10am-2pm. Charlie Weidig, an original Lollipop Farm Train engineer from 1960, makes appearances when available. Charlie's summer job was driving the train when he was a teenager! Stop by and meet Charlie.
The Farmstand at the John Gardiner Farm is now open 10am-6pm everyday! Carlson's, of East Northport, are offering fresh local vegetables at the farm daily. And don't miss seeing all this and much more at September's Pickle Festival!
The area, originally known as Oldfields, was settled in the early 1800’s by farmers. The extension of the Long Island Railroad through the farmlands in 1867-1868, provided the impetus for the development of a profitable pickle and cabbage industry, as well as the growth of the community and many new year-round residents. The little community that grew around the depot developed its own identity and changed its name to Greenlawn. Today, houses cover the old farmlands and yet Greenlawn, with one main street of small shops, a railroad crossing that halts traffic throughout the day and many historical buildings, still retains its small-town charm.
(Adapted from Greenlawn: A Long Island Hamlet, Dougher, Louise and Carol Bloomgarden. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2000)