Get to know the Dix-Hills Area

Settlers traded goods with the indigenous Secatogue tribe for the land that became Dix Hills in 1699. The Secatogues lived in the northern portion of the region during the later half of that century. The land was known as Dick's Hills. By lore, the name traces to a local native named Dick Pechegan, likely of the Secatogues. Scholar William Wallace Tooker wrote that the addition of the English name "Dick" to the indigenous name "Pechegan" was a common practice. Tooker wrote that Pechegan's wigwam and his planted fields became the hilly area's namesake, known as the shortened "Dix Hills" by 1911. The area was mostly used for farming until after World War II.

The town of Huntington was founded in 1653, and the area to the north of Half Way Hollow was first referred to as "dicke pechegans" in 1689, marking the area where Dick Pechagan, an indigenous person from one of the local tribes, had his wigwam and his planting fields. Over the years this name was shortened and changed to "Dick's Hills," and although a few old records do use that spelling, it quickly became even easier to just spell "Dix". While Half Hollow Hills marks the hills located halfway between Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean, Dix Hills marks the hills that belonged to a man named Dick.

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