Rock Hall Museum
Enrolled on the National Register of Historic Places
A New York State Revolutionary War Trail Site
One of the finest pre-Revolutionary War homes on Long Island, Rock Hall was built in 1767 for Josiah Martin, a wealthy West Indian plantation owner. The Georgian-style home belonged to two of the area's most famous families, the Martins and Hewletts. In 1948, the Hewlett family deeded Rock Hall to the Town of Hempstead. After an extensive restoration, it opened as a museum in 1953. Today, Rock Hall is affiliated with the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA).
The museum offers guided tours, exhibits, programs of historic interest, special lectures and an educational program for students. Current exhibits include Rock Hall Archaeology, a permanent display of 18th and 19th century artifacts excavated from the grounds and cellar of the museum. The Warming Kitchen, Cold Storage Room and Wine Cellar offer fascinating views of the rarely seen working areas in an 18th-century plantation-style English home.
Visit the Museum Gift Shop for great gifts. Open during museum hours.
To read more about the history of the Rock Hall Museum and upcoming programs, please visit the Friends of Rock Hall website.
The Friends of Rock Hall is a voluntary organization that works closely with the museum to sponsor programs of interest. The Friends also raise funds to purchase furnishings and to sponsor historic research. Memberships are available starting at $25 per individual, with paid members entitled to a 10% discount on Museum Gift Shop purchases.
Join now! Become a member of the Friends of Rock Hall. Corporate matching gifts are appreciated. Friends of Rock Hall is a not-for-profit organization under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Please make membership checks payable to Friends of Rock Hall and send to: Friends of Rock Hall Museum, 199 Broadway, Lawrence, NY 11559. Visa and Mastercard welcome.
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A Note of Historical Significance!
Museum space is limited and registration is required for all programs. Please call (516) 239-1157 in advance. Make all checks payable to the Friends of Rock Hall. We accept payments by Visa, Mastercard and Discover.