HISTORY OF THE ROCKDALE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
In 1998, the Rockdale Historical Society was formed with the initial goal of purchasing the old Rockdale I&GN Passenger Depot and restoring it to its former glory. The restored depot would then house a museum emphasizing the role of the railroads, agriculture, and mining in the development of Rockdale and surrounding areas.
On December 1, 1999 the Rockdale Historical Society purchased the depot building and grounds from Mr. Adolph McVoy Jr. and set about the task of fundraising and restoring the depot which currently houses the Rockdale I&GN Depot Museum with a fantastic collection of historical artifacts.
Since our founding, we have extended our vision to include other areas of historical preservation including an operational blacksmith with early-day tools and other related areas of interest. We are actively soliciting donations of historical photographs and papers and items dealing with life in early day Rockdale and the surrounding areas.
ROCKDALE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS
BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS 2019
PREDISENT LORI MCVOY PO BOX 662 ROCKDALE, TX 76567 512-429-0494
VICE PRES CHARLES KING PO BOX 966 CAMERON, TX 76550 254-697-0202
SECRETARY PAT WATSON 865 N US 77 ROCKDALE, TX 76567 512-446-7992
TREASURER PAT JACKSON 886 CR 302 ROCKDALE, TX 76567 512-446-2956
BARKLEY ALFORD PO BOX 1156 ROCKDALE, TX 76567 512-760-0591
ABE DOSS 5270 N FM 486 THORNDALE, TX 76577 512-760-0421
LOY EDMONDSON 2687 N US 77 ROCKDALE, TX 76567 512-429-1370
EARNEST GARZA 105-B S PEAR ROCKDALE, TX 76567 512-365-0361
GARY JACKSON 886 CR 302 ROCKDALE, TX 76567 512-446-2956
JERRI OFFIELD 401 HAZEL ROCKDALE, TX 76567 512-446-6718
JAMES POWELL 634 ELM CREEK ROCKDALE, TX 76567 512-446-4007
JUDY SLUSHER 2207 POST OAK ROCKDALE, TX 76567 281-216-6343
WENDIE UPSON PO BOX 1243 ROCKDALE, TX 76567 512-446-4946
JIM MCKIMMEY 710 E. 18TH ST. CAMERON, TX 76520 254-697-6809
SHELLY STAUTZ 356 INWOOD CAMERON, TX 76520 512-748-0676
MEETINGS OF THE ROCKDALE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Rockdale Historical Society is a non-profit 501c3 organization and membership is open to everyone. Regular meetings are 5:30 PM every second Tuesday of the month and volunteers are always needed to help with exhibits after hours, classifying and organizing donations and staffing the museum during open hours.
PRESERVING ROCKDALE'S PAST
The Rockdale Historical Society is actively seeking donations of old photos, letters, and historical relics relating to the Rockdale area. These donations are at the heart of preserving our rich heritage. All donated items will be carefully inventoried, documented, doners identified and recorded and the artifacts will be integrated into wonderful displays of Rockdale's early history.
To make a donation, contact any of the Rockdale Historical Society board members or come by the Depot Museum during open hours (Saturdays 10-4 and Sundays 1-4 or call ahead for a special appointment-PHONE No. 512-446-2020).
ABOUT THE ROCKDALE I&GN DEPOT MUSEUM
The Rockdale I&GN Depot Museum is located in downtown Rockdale (11 N. MAIN ST.)in the recently restored former International & Great Northern Passenger Train Depot.
Dedicated to the preservation of our railroad and local history, the museum currently houses a collection of railroad and other artifacts relating to the early history of Rockdale and the surrounding areas. In addition to the fully restored passenger depot, the site has on display a Missouri Pacific dining car, the 36 "Cheyenne Mountain", and a restored Missouri Pacific (StLB&M) caboose. The site also includes an operating model railroad in O and HO scales, and an operational early-day blacksmith shop. For more information about the depot restoration project, see
ROCKDALE I&GN DEPOT
Painting of the Rockdale International & Great Northern Railroad Passenger and Freight Depots and McVoys Grocery and Feed Store across the street.
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE DEPOT MUSEUM
Rockdale I&GN Depot Museum,
PO Box 778, Rockdale, Texas 76567 -USA
512-446-2020 (rings in the depot, answered when open
Or call Lori McVoy 512-429-0494 or Pat Jackson 512-446-2956
PHYSICAL ADDRESS: 11 N. Main Street, Rockdale, Texas
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The Rockdale Historical Society meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the restored Depot building.
The Board of Directors meet quarterly (Mar, June, Sept, Dec) at 5:00 pm. on the second Tuesday of the quarterly month.
1264 FM2116, Rockdale, Texas 76567
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