Fundraiser combines art and history

Fundraiser combines art and history

(ROCKWALL, TX — February 28, 2018) Local artists of all skill levels are invited to create their own masterpiece on canvas and help preserve the past for the future during the Rockwall County Historical Foundation’s new annual art auction fundraiser, “American Gothic,” on Sunday, May 6. Held at the picturesque Summerfield at Tate Farms (12992 […]

“Gone to Texas”

“Gone to Texas”

(ROCKWALL, TX — February 26, 2018) In late April or early May in the mid-1800s, pioneer families loaded up a covered wagon with their valuables and belongings and hit the open road towards a land full of opportunity, promise and hope for a fruitful future. They often left behind a sign which read three simple […]

Historical Foundation installs new officers

Historical Foundation installs new officers

The Rockwall County Historical Foundation installed its new officers for 2017 on Sunday, Jan. 8 at Our House in Rockwall. Pictured above are Director Mark Russo, Corresponding Secretary Peggy Atterberry, Membership Vice President Connie Rogge, Scott Self (in back), Treasurer Karen Mahoney, Fundraising Vice President Carolyn Francisco, President Dennis Vierling, Director Jan Self and Recording […]

Rockwall commemorates 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack

Rockwall commemorates 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack

(ROCKWALL, TX – Dec. 8, 2016) On a Sunday morning on Dec. 7, 1941, in the tropical Hawaiian islands, a fleet of Japanese warplanes attacked the U.S. naval base in Pearl Harbor. Over 2,000 lost their lives in the attack that ultimately led to the American entry into World War II. Yesterday, dozens across the […]

Living History exhibit connects Rockwall County’s past to present

Living History exhibit connects Rockwall County’s past to present

(ROCKWALL, TX — May 24, 2016) History sprung to life this weekend at Harry Myers Park. Visitors of all ages got to see, touch, and even taste pioneer life at the Living History exhibit this Founder’s Day, presented by the Rockwall County Historical Foundation. Historical Foundation Board Member Leigh Plagens said The Living History exhibit […]

Historic Bankhead Highway connects state to state and past to present

Historic Bankhead Highway connects state to state and past to present

PAVING THE WAY   (ROCKWALL, TX) Although Rockwall’s state highway 66 might not be the famous route from the Bobby Troup song, it does have some pretty important roots. Originally, it was created as part of Bankhead Highway, the very first cross-country automobile highway in the United States. This highway, which celebrates its 100th birthday […]

Downtown celebration draws hundreds, commemorates Rockwall then and now

Downtown celebration draws hundreds, commemorates Rockwall then and now

(ROCKWALL, TX — April 16,2016) Folks lined the reconstructed walkways of the new-look Rockwall Downtown Sqaure for a historic parade, carousel rides, food trucks, live music and much more during the festivities held on Saturday, April 16, celebrating the completion of the downtown revitalization project. A Farmer’s Market on San Jacinto kicked off the commemorative […]

Portrait of WWI soldier dedicated to courthouse museum

(ROCKWALL, TX – March 17, 2016) The Rockwall County Historical Foundation received a treasurable donation on Tuesday, March 15, for its courthouse museum – a copy of a portrait of Terry Fisher, the first Rockwall soldier to be killed in World War I. On behalf of the Terry Fisher American Legion Post 117 in Rockwall, […]

Rockwall County Historical Foundation inducts officers, shares Pullen Farmstead history

(ROCKWALL, TX – Jan. 22, 2016) The Rockwall County Historical Foundation introduced its new officers for 2016 and recognized one of its longtime members during its annual meeting at the Rockwall County Library on Thursday, Jan. 14. RCHF’s 2nd Vice President in charge of programs Carolyn Francisco presented Carolyn Holt, RCHF museum curator, with the […]

Rockwall’s Black History topic of first Sheri Stodghill Lecture Series

ROCKWALL, TX (Feb. 23, 2015) More than 60 people showed up to hear Patty Canup share recollections of Rockwall County’s history, including personal stories from two well-known and longtime area African American residents during its first Sheri Stodghill Lecture Series on Friday, Feb. 13. Patty recounted her talks with Sam Buffington and Gloria Williams in […]