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IMG_1803NOAH HALLOCK HOMESTEAD OPENS FOR TOURS! Saturdays 1-3pm. 172 Hallock Landing Road

GENERAL MEETINGS/HISTORICAL PROGRAMS: are held at the VFW Post #6249 on King Road in Rocky Point. A short business meeting will be followed with an historical program. The meeting is open to the general public and there is no fee for the program.

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HALLOCK HOMESTEAD GIFT SHOP: The Gift shop has been enlarged and enhanced to carry many special pieces. Visitors will have an opportunity to buy special and unique items such as, books on Rocky Point History, antique insulator tea lights, note cards, Norman Rockwell Collector plates, vintage souvenir trinkets, ashtrays, Christmas ornaments, jewelry, vintage Marie Antoinette portrait lamp and depression glass. There are also many reasonably priced items under ten dollars. All proceeds will support the Noah Hallock Homestead House and garden.

TAKE A TRIP BACK IN TIME, HOSTED BY OUR TRAINED DOCENTS!
Take a trip back in time with a visit to the Noah Hallock Homestead, at 172 Hallock Landing Road in Rocky Point hosted by trained docents. The house was built in 1721 when Noah Hallock and Bethia Youngs were married in November of that year and made Rocky Point their home. Three of their sons and three of their grandsons served as soldiers and patriots in the Revolutionary War. Noah and Bethia’s descendants lived in the Homestead and worked the farm for eight generations, through the next century and on to a good part of the twentieth century. At one time the Hallock family owned much of the land in Rocky Point.

The house has a gable roof wing on the west and 3 bay and the original wood shingles attest to their care through the centuries. In the mid nineteenth century Greek Revival details were added, such as the entrance containing sidelights, transom and paneled front door. The old metal roof is unique and in excellent condition for its age. The house is a showplace of original furniture, farm equipment, artifacts and archival photographs. It depicts life in Rocky Point from the early 18th century thru the 20th century with the establishment of RCA Radio Central, the world’s largest transmitting station from 1921-1978.

The Story of Indian Rock
Indian Rock on Sam's Path

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.

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