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!
1 pm - 5 pm
1 pm - 5 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.
Click on the chamber of commerce link for a complete list of local
hotels and motels.
Rockwall Chamber of Commerce
Donate to RCHF when you shop at
Please help the Historical Foundation by signing the
activity log inside the museum when you visit the grounds for photo sessions or
group events. Documenting the museum grounds visitors is vitally important when
applying for grant funding. Thank You!
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
Thanks to the City of Rockwall for the Hotel Occupancy Tax Fund
Grants and Rockwall County Grants for their ongoing support
County Historical Foundation is excited to announce a new annual
Dinner & Art Auction Sunday May 6, 2018 6 - 9 pm
You create the art
- full details click here
We will distribute over 100
six-by-six inch canvases on which area artists and non-artists
will create art (any media), donate and return for silent
auction display and coordinating bid-sheets. Dinner will be
served and wine will be available. $35 pp Reservations taken at
firstname.lastname@example.org. A reservation made is a reservation
Artists of any age are eligible to participate, including
Rockwall ISD students. Any media may be used on the canvas,
including painting, watercolor, and photography. Interested
artists are asked to come pick up a free canvas at the RCHF
Museum located at 815 E Washington St. during Museum hours
(Tues/Thurs 1-5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.).
STODGHILL LECTURE SERIES 2017
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
Mark your calendar and join us!
Lectures from Noon - 1pm
Gone to Texas
Share the adventures
(sometimes heartbreaking) with
the pioneers as they travel by covered wagons to settle
in our little county. Presented by Carolyn Francisco
Learn about Rockwall County
crops and farm life from
the Springer family. Presented by Stanley Springer and
daughter, Shelly Springer Spearman.
Royse City History
Royse City history comes
alive with tales from Delores
Ballard, whose ancestors were early settlers in Royse City.
Have you ever had friends
who were “Heathens”? If
you know anyone raised in Heath, you do! Once bigger
than Rockwall, Heath is rich in stories about its early history.
RCHF 1st & 2nd
Edition Card decks
in Gift shop!
First and Second editions decks are available in the online gift shop, at the
Museum and at the Sheri Stodghill Lectures for $10 per deck.
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.
YOU CAN HELP US ACCUMULATE ACCOUNT REWARDS IN THE 2017-2018
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”
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
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
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.