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
Afternoon in the park"
celebration of the collection of works by Sheri Stodghill Fowler
* 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.
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
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
ROCKWALL COUNTY HISTORICAL FOUNDATION and
ROCKWALL COUNTY HISTORICAL COMMISSION present
STODGHILL LECTURE SERIES 2015
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.”
--- Summer Break
ROCKWALL DAY AT THE FAIR
From its beginning in 1886, the
Dallas State Fair attracted visitors because of its agricultural
Explore the history of the
State Fair of Texas, including memorabilia of the 1936 Centennial
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
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.
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
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
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.