The Hallock Homestead will be closed for the winter and open, again in April 2018.
Rocky Point Historical’s general meetings are open to the public and are held at 7:30pm at the VFW Post at Rocky Point.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR 2018!
Thurs. March 8th: “1910 Air Show at Belmont: Wright Wrongs & a Belmont.” by Frank Turano
Sunday, March 11th, St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Meet at Harrison Ave. Miller Place, before noon.
Saturday, March 24th: 11am, Spring clean-up at the Hallock Homestead.
Saturday, April 7th, 1-3pm. Guided Tours of the Homestead and Homestead Gift Shop Re-opening.
Thurs. April 12th, “Invisible People of Color: Whaling Captains & Crew on All Sides of the LI Sound.” by Sandi Brewster Walker.
Thurs. May 10th, “Long Island Rail Road, Oyster Bay Branch.”by David Morrisson
Sat. May 19th, 11am. Hallock Cemetery Spring Clean-Up. Please bring a rake!
We are pleased to announce the Gift Shop opening, April 7th from 1-3pm. For sale: Books on local history and Unique Collectibles.
ROCKY POINT HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S 21ST ANNUAL TEA
Each year the Rocky Point Historical Society celebrates history with an Annual special themed Tea at the VFW Post #6249 in Rocky Point. The Tea is directed by Linda Cathcart with many volunteers to assist in serving the tea, sandwiches and home-made treats. Girl Scout Troop #4299 led the group in singing our National Anthem.
This year marked the Society’s 21st Annual Tea, featuring “Tea With President Abraham Lincoln” portrayed by actor and historian, Lou del Bianco. Lou’s portrayal of Lincoln has been endorsed by the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. His program took the viewers on a journey of the extraordinary life of the self-taught Lincoln, from his early childhood thru the emotional tragedies of his personal life and the Civil War. His dramatic approach to storytelling “puts pow into passivity!”, stated the New York Times. The parents Choice Foundation stated that “few performers excel s both storyteller and musician, but Lou del Bianco is one who does.”
Lou’s grandfather, Luigi del Bianco, served as Chief carver on Mount Rushmore and was recently honored with a plaque at the mountain site. It took Lou’s family twenty-five years to accomplish recognition of Luigi’s work. Lou recently appeared on “Good Morning America” and several television programs in celebrating of achieving this recognition for his grandfather. Lou has completed his book “Out of Rushmore’s Shadow – The Lugi del Bianco Story”, which is available on his website: https://findlou.com/
The Story of Indian Rock
Legend says that “Indian Rock,” located on Sam’s Path, may have been the inspiration for the naming of Rocky Point. It is also legend that the local Native Americans thought the rock as sacred and many arrowheads were found in the vicinity of the rock.
Every rock is an “erratic” or visitor from a distance brought by the Ice Age. The first of the glacial Ice Age began about a million years ago, when ice and snow travelled across the area. All of North America, north of the Ohio River, was covered with one slow moving sheet of ice. The glacier moved crossed the region in three stages. The last of the ice glaciers, called “The Wisconsin”, left the north shore hilly and rocky between 18,000 and 20,000 years ago. Long Island is the terminal moraine of this glacier, which deposited sand, rocks and huge boulders. Many large boulders are found on Long Island, carried and remained where they dropped from the melting ice.
In Rocky Point, the colossal boulder is located on Sam’s Path at the former Hallock farm near Hallock Landing. The Hallock family built one of their barns next to the great boulder.
Article from the book by Natalie Aurucci-Stiefel, In The Shadow Of The Rock.
In February 1905,the Brooklyn Standard Union Newspaper recorded:
“Not far away is the ancient homestead, a fine well-kept house wherein lives Merritt Hallock. And close by the house is a remarkable rock, a huge boulder, whose shadow sweeps over many rods of ground as the sun swings in it’s course, a source of astonishment to every visitor who sees it for the first time. Fifty feet long, forty feet thick and rising thirty-five feet above the ground, would be a marvel. Venerable, indeed, as time goes in this New World, in a homestead running back without transfer of title deeds to colonial days. Remarkable would this house have seemed, with its seven generations of descent from father to son – – but the colossal boulder, whose fiery birth was in Connecticut or perhaps Vermont, looks serenely over the changes of mere centuries…”
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Christmas Ornaments Now on Sale
We are pleased to announce that our 2nd annual Christmas tree ornament is now on sale. the new ornaments feature the RCA Radio Central Transmitting Station. Ornaments featuring the Noah Hallock House are also available.