Rockwall County Historical Foundation

Preserving the Past For the Future

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Museum

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!

Wednesday 10 am - 2 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

2015 President
Carolyn Francisco 

 

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

 

 

Events!
 
"Sunday Afternoon in the park"
September 27

Plans include:

 *  A celebration of the collection of works by Sheri Stodghill Fowler Parks,
 *  A talk by Pasty Stodghill on Sheri's newest release, the “Legendary Locals”.

 *  Sneak peek at the reconstructed rock wall on the museum grounds

Refreshments will be served.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many thanks to the Vintage Baseball sponsors!

 
American National Bank
Buffalo Wild Wings
Costco
Cotton Patch Café
Culvers
Firehouse Subs
Heritage Buick GMC
Horizon Road Oil Depot
Jimmy John's
Kroger
Lakeside National Bank
La Quinta
Luby's
McSwain Automotive
Northstar Bank of Texas
On the Border
Rockwall Chrysler Jeep Dodge
Rockwall Ford
Sonic
Tom Thumb
Toyota of Rockwall
Walmart:  Neighborhood
Walmart:  Superstore
Wendy's

 

Blast to the past

trivia questions and answers


 
Click here for pdf file

 

THE ROCKWALL COUNTY HISTORICAL FOUNDATION and

THE ROCKWALL COUNTY HISTORICAL COMMISSION present

SHERI STODGHILL LECTURE SERIES 2015
 

The Sheri Stodghill Lecture Series (formerly called Brown Bag 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. Lectures are free and open to the public.  Mark your calendar and join us in Getting to Know the Neighbors.”

 

Friday, February 13
ALL AROUND TOWN

Long time Rockwall resident Patty Canup, will share fond recollections of Rockwall County, including schools, Aluminum Plant, and generations of family heritage. 
 

Friday, March 13
FLORENCE RANCH and LAWRENCE HOMESTEAD

Established in the 1870s, these two THC landmark properties are representative of a step back in time.  Florence Ranch on Barnes Bridge Rd. continued operation until 1976.  The Lawrence family continually occupied their home place until 1995.  Hear the rich history of both these active, civic minded families.
 

Friday, April 10
TERRELL STATE HOSPITAL

In 1883, Terrell rancher and banker, Col Jim Harris, offered 672 acres for the location of a facility that would become known as North Texas Lunatic Asylum.  Opening in 1885 with 330 patients, Terrell State Hospital continues to provide care for psychiatric needs of patients.
 

Friday, May 8
DWIGHT DAVID EISENHOWER

Born in Denison, TX in 1890, the son of an MKT railroad worker, Eisenhower graduated from West Point and served as the Commanding General of the U. S. forces in the European theatre during WWII. “Ike” became the 34th President of the United States in 1953 and the first President born in Texas.
 

--- Summer Break ---
 

Friday, September 11
ROCKWALL DAY AT THE FAIR

From its beginning in 1886, the Dallas State Fair attracted visitors because of its agricultural emphasisExplore the history of the State Fair of Texas, including memorabilia of the 1936 Centennial Celebration. 
 

Friday, October 9
PARKER CEMETERY
 Jan Willess Johnson will share information about one of the oldest cemeteries in Rockwall.  
Parker Cemetery is the final resting place for some of the county’s earliest settlers, the Truitt, Hays, Orr, Collins, Parker and Willess families.
 

Friday, November 13
SAM RAYBURN

In 1887, W.M. Rayburn’s family moved to a 40 acre cotton farm in Fannin County, TX with their five yr. old son.  “Mr. Sam” became one of TX best known statesmen. First elected to the U. S. House of Representatives in 1913, he served 48 years of continual service.  He built his Bonham home in 1916.
                                                                                               

Friday, December 11
THE ROCK WALL REVISITED

This popular annual program will re-examine the history of the rock wall and the most recent developments regarding Rockwall’s unique underground formation.

 

RCHF Card decks available

First Edition of RCHF normal deck of playing cards featuring 56 unique photos of Rockwall County have arrived!  The decks will be available at the Museum during regular hours of Wednesday and Saturday, 10:00 to 2:00, and at the Brown Bag lectures scheduled for September 12, October 10, November 14 and December 12.  You will want to be among the first to purchase your historic keepsake decks at $10.00 each.

 

YOU CAN HELP US ACCUMULATE ACCOUNT REWARDS IN THE 2014-2015 KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM!

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 KrogerCommunityRewards.com

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”

5. NOTE: You have to re-register each year, registration expires at the end of August every year.

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. This twelve month program terminates on August 31, 2015.

 

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

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

Renew your membership now
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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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