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 a guided tour, programs of historic interest, special lectures, and an educational program for students. Be sure to visit the museum’s cellar. The warming kitchen, cold storage room, and wine cellar offer fascinating views of the rarely seen working areas in an 18th-century plantation-style home. Also located in the cellar is the museum’s ongoing archaeology exhibit room. There you will see a display of 18th- and 19th-century artifacts that continue to be uncovered during excavations at Rock Hall.
The Rock Hall Museum is located at 199 Broadway in Lawrence. Call 516-239-1157 for reservations and information.
27th Annual Rock Hall Country Fair. Sunday, October 21, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Rock Hall brings history to you! Civil War encampment with 30th Virginia Infantry, Company B. Country music with Darlene Prince and the Bragg Hollow Band. Colonial historians and a woodworker. Harvest market and crafts. Farm animals and pony rides. Children’s craft area, pumpkin patch, and make your own scarecrow. Antique cars. Food will be available for purchase—please check kashrus information. Outdoor event. Free admission. All proceeds to benefit the Friends of Rock Hall.
Classical Guitar Performance with Bill Zito. Saturday, November 3, 8:00 p.m. Enjoy an intimate concert of 20th century music at historic Rock Hall featuring works by composers Brouwer, Takemitsu, Martin, Brooks, Orbon, Rodrigo, and others. Fee: $16; seniors/members/children: $12. Reservations are required and only confirmed with receipt of full payment.
Nanny Rose School of Etiquette for Children. Sunday, November 4, 12:00–2:30 p.m. Elegant Nanny Rose and her witty companion, Olivia, will guide children through etiquette lessons. This is a special way to teach youngsters proper table manners, whether dining at home or at restaurants. Fee: $40 per child. Non-kosher food will be served—check with office to see what kosher food should be brought with you for the class. Ages six and up. Reservations are required and only confirmed with receipt of full payment.