Rockwall County Historical Foundation

Preserving the Past For the Future

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The Bailey House is Here




The Museum is housed in the historical 1850 Manson-LaMoreaux-Hartman House located on Washington Street at Harry Myers Park. The building is believed to be the first residential structure in all of Rockwall County. The Museum houses the most expansive collection of furnishings, photographs, and artifacts from the county of Rockwall dating back to the 1840’s now available to the public.

After exploring The Museum you are encouraged to roam the surrounding grounds of the Rockwall County Historical Foundation which include the popular “White Gazebo by the Pond”, the sky-high windmill and antique water-pump located directly behind the museum, The Carriage House, the authentic Tenant Farmer’s Cabin, and The Blackland Prairie Preservation Project featuring native grasses and flowers of the original settlers days. These expansive and breath-taking grounds are a favorite among photographers from all across the state of Texas, so bring your camera!

Tuesday 1 pm - 5 pm
Thursday 1 pm - 5 pm
Saturday 10 am - 2 pm
And by special appointment

 Email Address

Please contact the museum curator,
972-722-1507, for more information

901 E. Washington, Rockwall, Texas 75087

mailing address:
P.O. Box 916, Rockwall, Texas 75087

2018 President
Mark Russo 

RCHF Board

Mission Statement
The Rockwall County Historical Foundation, maintaining that the past should be preserved for the future, encourages the restoration, education and recognition of significant places and people, thus allowing all to enjoy the treasure that is our past.

Looking for a venue for a party or wedding?

The beautiful gazebo on the museum grounds is available for weddings and parties.  Contact the museum at 972-722-1507 or email for pricing and scheduling.

Historical LINKS

Rockwall Roots

Texas Historical Commission

Rockwall County

Looking for a place to spend the night in Rockwall?
Hotels in the City of Rockwall

Click on the chamber of commerce link for a complete list of local hotels and motels.
Rockwall Chamber of Commerce

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Please help the Historical Foundation by signing the activity log inside the museum when you visit the grounds for photo sessions or group events. Documenting the museum grounds visitors is vitally important when applying for grant funding.  Thank You!


 The City of Rockwall was just named the newest "Preserve America Community."
Preserve America is a federal initiative to encourage and support community efforts to preserve and enjoy America’s priceless cultural and natural heritage. The City of Rockwall was honored for celebrating its heritage, using its historic assets for economic development and community revitalization, and encouraging residents to experience and appreciate local historic resources through education and heritage tourism programs. Benefits of the designation include:

• eligibility to apply for Preserve America grants when they are funded by Congress;
• use of the Preserve America logo on educational and promotional materials and signage;
• listing in a Web-based directory that showcases Rockwall’s preservation efforts and heritage tourism destinations.
• recognition as a Preserve America Community by the White House

Many Preserve America Communities are featured in “Discover Our Shared Heritage” National Register Travel Itineraries, as well as in the “Teaching with Historic Places” curricular materials created by the National Park Service.

The Preserve America program became an authorized part of the National Historic Preservation Program in 2009. With this group of designations, 900 Preserve America Communities have received the distinction in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and two U.S. territories, including historic neighborhoods within large cities and tribal communities.

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation administers the Preserve America program with the Department of the Interior, in cooperation with the White House and 10 other federal agencies.

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Thanks to the City of Rockwall for the Hotel Occupancy Tax Fund Grants and Rockwall County Grants for their ongoing support


Parlor Sponsor

Kristene Blackstone




The Rockwall County Historical Foundation is excited to announce a new annual Fundraiser
"American Gothic"
Dinner & Art Auction Sunday May 6, 2018 6 - 9 pm

You create the art - full details click here

We will distribute over 100 six-by-six inch canvases on which area artists and non-artists will create art (any media), donate and return for silent auction display and coordinating bid-sheets. Dinner will be served and wine will be available. $35 pp Reservations taken at A reservation made is a reservation paid!

Artists of any age are eligible to participate, including Rockwall ISD students. Any media may be used on the canvas, including painting, watercolor, and photography. Interested artists are asked to come pick up a free canvas at the RCHF Museum located at 815 E Washington St. during Museum hours (Tues/Thurs 1-5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.).




The Sheri Stodghill Lecture Series  presents programs of historical interest from noon to 1 p.m. in the third floor courtroom at the historic downtown Courthouse in Rockwall on the second Friday of the month unless otherwise indicated*. Lectures are free and open to the public. 
Mark your calendar and join us! 

Lectures from Noon - 1pm

Spring 2018 Lecture Series

February 9: Gone to Texas

Share the adventures (sometimes heartbreaking) with
the pioneers as they travel by covered wagons to settle
in our little county. Presented by Carolyn Francisco

March 9: Farm Life

Learn about Rockwall County crops and farm life from
the Springer family. Presented by Stanley Springer and
daughter, Shelly Springer Spearman.


April 13: Royse City History

Royse City history comes alive with tales from Delores
Ballard, whose ancestors were early settlers in Royse City.

May 11: Heathens

Have you ever had friends who were “Heathens”? If
you know anyone raised in Heath, you do! Once bigger
than Rockwall, Heath is rich in stories about its early history.



RCHF 1st & 2nd Edition Card decks in Gift shop!

First and Second editions decks are available in the online gift shop, at the Museum and at the Sheri Stodghill Lectures for $10 per deck.


Accessing Treasures from the Past

 Preserving Oral Histories of Rockwall County Families" is an ongoing project of the Historical Foundation to transcribe our collection of oral histories into written format to be placed along with a DVD/CD in the Rockwall County Library and the museum.
This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


First of all, you must have a Kroger Plus Card. If you don’t, you can easily get one at any Kroger Food Store. This card entitles you to store savings and discounts.

Now, here’s how to enroll:

1. Visit

2. Locate Texas and click “Enroll Now”

3. Sign in to your online account or create a new account

4. Find our non-profit organization, Rockwall County Historical Foundation (NPO Number 81701), and click “Save”

Once you’ve linked your card to our organization, every time you swipe your Kroger Plus Card a portion of your eligible store purchases will be applied to our account. Once a household member enrolls his or her card, all linked Kroger Plus cards within that household will be enrolled as well. Remember, only one non-profit organization per Kroger Plus Card can be registered.


Do you have a GPS?
Have an interest in Treasure Hunting?

If so, we invite you to hunt for our geocache location.  Simply go to to and type in our zip code.  You won't be disappointed!

Renew your membership online here now
return form on newsletter, or download here

Our very own Cotton Pickin' Patch Video

Click on the picture to view a video of a local girl enjoying the cotton patch.


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