Hickman's Tree Farm, Inc.
472 Massey Church Road
Smyrna, DE 19977
Bill & Leslie Hickman
From northern New Castle County, take Route 13 South (six miles below Odessa) and turn right (west) onto Blackbird Forest Road. At the first intersection, turn left onto Massey Church Road and proceed straight for one mile. Hickman's Tree Farm will be on your right.
From Dover and points south, take Route 13 North. About two miles north of the Smyrna Rest Area, turn left (west) onto Black Diamond Road. Continue to the first intersection. Turn right onto Massey Church Road. Hickman's Tree Farm will be 1/4 mile on your left.
Bill and Leslie Hickman bought their farm in 1969, when the land was just a field. In the early years, they experimented with different farm crops. They planted an orchard, raised cows and horses, and grew a large produce garden. In 1970, when the State of Delaware offered evergreen seedlings to landowners who would plant and maintain them, the Hickman's decided to plant some of their land with these seedlings. With Bill working a fulltime job at DuPont, and Leslie raising two babies, as well as caring for their home and doing much of the farm work, the couple soon learned that they had to concentrate their farming efforts. So, they abandoned their animal husbandry venture, but continued planting evergreens and maintaining the orchard. Hickman's Tree Farm began selling Christmas trees in the late 1970's. By 1980, Bill and Leslie decided to cut down the orchard and plant their entire farm in evergreen trees.
The farm is open from the Friday after Thanksgiving through December 23rd. Closed December 24th. Daily hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
White Pine 5'- 9' and Douglas Fir 5'- 10', Norway Spruce 5'-8'.
Choose and cut, dig your own, or pre-dug available.
The centerpiece of the Hickman's Tree Farm is an antique barn, which was originally part of the Hagley Museum. Many years ago, Bill trucked the old barn materials down from the Hagley grounds to his Smyrna farm, where he reconstructed it into a beautiful and functional building, which is the operational center of the Hickman's farm. From the barn, visitors will enjoy beautiful vistas of the farm property. A large selection of fresh wreaths, swags and garlands, which are handmade by Leslie Hickman, are displayed in the barn shop. The coolness of the antique building provides a perfect location for storing and displaying Leslie's greenery.
The farm provides saws for customers who would like to cut their own trees. A tree shaker and baler are also provided. Bathrooms are available.
Visitors are invited to enjoy a leisurely stroll through the fields or a swing by the pond. Santa has been known to visit the farm during the Christmas season, but his schedule is not predictable.