Rockwall County Historical Foundation

Preserving the Past For the Future

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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

2016 President
Leigh Plagen 


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


 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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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!  Some of the programs are made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Download a printable flier here

Thursday 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 **


Friday September 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.

Friday October 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.

*Thursday 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 Local.

Friday December 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.

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.


Many thanks to the Vintage Baseball sponsors!

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


Blast to the past

trivia questions and answers

Click here for pdf file



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 in and December. 
You 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 here.



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”

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?
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 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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