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
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.”
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
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.