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 1 pm - 5 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

2017 President
Dennis Vierling 

RCHF Board


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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! 

Lectures from Noon - 1pm
Download Schedule here

Friday, February 10         Legendary Texas Artist from Rockwall       Lee Herring

Come spend an hour with a Western artist who has numerous paintings on display at the

Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum.

Friday, March 10           Early 20th Century Transportation       David Magness

Learn the exciting beginning of Rockwall County’s transportation development

from horse and buggy days on dirt roads to a more modern road system.

*Thursday, April 13           Zollner Hobo  Ranch         Kay Brooks Aaron

The hobo ranch was once a thriving ranch in Blackland, which attracted hundreds of hobos from

around the  nation.   Kay (whose grandparents owned and operated the ranch) will tell the history of

the ranch and stories about everyday life on the ranch, and the hope its jobs gave to many during and

after the depression.

Friday, May 12           How Did That Street Get its Name?       Mark Russo

Did you ever wonder how Hartman Street got its name?  Did you know

Alamo Street was first called Back Street?  Come hear Mark tell how

many of the streets in Rockwall County were named.

  (Summer Break)


Friday, September 8           Pioneer Medicine            Dr. Robert Sparks

Snakebites and bullet wounds to broken arms and diseases, pioneer doctors had limited medicines

to help those living on the frontier.  Dr. Sparks (whose father, grandmother, grandfather and

great-grandfather were also doctors), will tell about the home remedies, the hardships and the

medicines of pioneer doctors.

Friday,  October 13          Talking Tombstones


Rockwall County’s history comes alive with stories of residents from the past.

*Thursday,   November 9          Time Before Rockwall County      Patti Canup

Did you ever wonder what the land that is now Rockwall County was like before the white settlers, even before the Indians were here?   Patti will take us back in time to understand “before Rockwall County.”

Friday,   December 8           The Rock Wall Revisited

Updates about the history of the rock wall’s origin and stories about the rock wall.


RCHF 2nd Edition Card decks have arrived!

Second 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 or purchase online.
You will want to be among the first to purchase your historic keepsake decks at $10.00 each


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.


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
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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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