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
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!
10 am - 2 pm
Saturday 10 am - 2 pm
And by special appointment
Please contact the museum curator,
for more information
P.O. Box 916, Rockwall, Texas 75087
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?
beautiful gazebo on the museum grounds is available for weddings
Contact the museum at 972-722-1507 or
email for pricing and scheduling.
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
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.
For more information visit
STODGHILL LECTURE SERIES 2016
ROCKWALL COUNTY HISTORICAL FOUNDATION and
ROCKWALL COUNTY HISTORICAL COMMISSION present
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! Some of the
programs are made possible in part by a grant from Humanities
Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the
Download a printable flier
JANUARY 14 - Pullen Farmstead
* 6:30pm - Rockwall County Library Community Room
At our RCHF Annual Meeting
, members of the Pullen family will join us as we feature a pre-recorded
oral history of the Pullen farmstead from the initial purchase of the
land to its love by the current generation. The 2016 officers and
members of the Board will be introduced.
Friday February 12 - Gloria Williams
Black History month honors
Legendary Local Hometown Hero, Gloria Williams, who shares her life
story and love of education in a pre-recorded oral history. Gain
insight into this amazing Rockwall County woman whose determination to
get an education is an inspiration at any age.
Friday march 11
- Rockwall county believe it or not
Tall tales of Rockwall
County that are somewhat amazing, unusual or really quite odd.
You'll learn true accounts of happenings that belong in the "believe it
or not" category!
Friday April 8 -
glimpse of Texas history in 1861
To secede or not to
secede, that is the question posed by Governor Sam Houston (aka Mike
Donegan) and John Salmon "Rip" Ford, famous Texas Ranger (aka Jay Webb).
Learn the cultural, economic and political issues that were driving
forces in this period of Texas history.
Friday May 13 -
one American soldier
This recorded encore
presentation features the service and capture of Weldon Mellody, World
War II soldier, from Royse City, as lovingly shared by his
daughter-in-law, JoNell Mellody.
** break for
summer months **
9 - flight of our fathers
Are you familiar with the
history of the #1 British Flight Training School located in Terrell?
CDR Joe M. Hood, USN Ret. will share the story of how the largest
facility of its kind was used to train more than 2,000 British and
American pilots between 1941 and 1945.
14 - talking tombstones
Meddie Bowls (aka Nancy
Beaty) will present the circumstances surrounding the trial and
conviction for murder of her husband in 1949. You will not want to
miss this historical account of mystery and intrigue.
November 10 - legendary local
Terry Fisher, the first
Rockwall soldier to be killed in WWI will be honored by Dick Clark,
member of American Legion Post 117. The Rockwall Post is one of
the oldest posts in the United States, and was named for our Legendary
11 - the rock wall revisited
this popular annual
program ill re-examine the history of the rock wall and the most recent
developments regarding Rockwall's unique underground formation.
Treasures from the Past
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.
thanks to the Vintage Baseball sponsors!
Buffalo Wild Wings
Cotton Patch Café
Heritage Buick GMC
Horizon Road Oil Depot
Lakeside National Bank
Northstar Bank of Texas
On the Border
Rockwall Chrysler Jeep Dodge
Toyota of Rockwall
Blast to the past
trivia questions and
for pdf file
RCHF Card decks
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
in and December.
will want to be among the first to purchase your historic
keepsake decks at $10.00 each.
Honor someone by sponsoring a card in the
Second Edition card deck. Download sponsorship form
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
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,
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
and type in our zip code. You won't be disappointed!
Renew your membership 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.