INTRODUCTION The Rockdale Historical Society was founded in 1998 with the mission of preserving the rich heritage of Rockdale and surrounding areas.


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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.

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