​Rocky Hill Historical Society

Academy Hall Museum 785 Old Main Street Rocky Hill, CT 06067​        

History of a River Town and its People

snail mail: P.O. Box 185

​​​phone: (860) 563-6704

Nonprofit 501 (C) (3)

Author Bob Herron presents Rocky Hill in WWI

L-R Two mannequins, Sally Cadmus, Maureen Mullen, Alexis Chiucarello, Sandee Brown, Leslie Kerz, Nancy Bertwell, another mannequin and Lisa

The Crew (L-R): Jane Nash, Nancy Bertwell, Sally Cadmus, Alexis Chiucarello, Maureen Mullen, Leslie Kerz

Food glorious food 

John Serra (holding paper) leading the ceremony 

Dr Zariphes looking up at the Lone Pine Site West of the Rocky Hill Quarry

John Serra talks to third graders at the Ferry Landing 

Bob Herron and John Serra selling out at Academy Hall

CT Open House Day

​June 10th 2017 

Society members provided two activities for CT Open House Day this year; rope making at Shipyard Park, the old rope walk, and selling our wares at Academy Hall. Beautiful sunny weather provided the backdrop for a fun filled day of activities in CT. Thanks to Anita Hawkins for leading the rope making. Soon we will have our own rope making machine at Academy Hall. The RHHS is glad to be part of the mix.

Bob Herron interviews Herb Philbrick

Stevens Third Graders Tour Rocky Hill

​May 16th 2017

Students sit at the Ferry entrance listening to  John Serra on their first stop of a tour of historic Rocky Hill. They went on to visit Academy Hall Museum, the Congregational Church, the Firefighter Museum and the Cora J Belden Library. They all took notes, drew pictures, asked questions and learned about our great town of Rocky Hill. Shape the Future!

Tea Social 

​June 4th 2017 

Thank you to all the Ladies and Gents that came out and shared Tea and History with us at Academy Hall. The audience participation made the event particularly engaging!  Marvelous time - ladies in their finest - tea length dresses, hats of all sizes - made for an enjoyable afternoon - can't wait until next year! Stop into Academy Hall to see our historic clothing that is still on display, or to learn more about Rocky Hill women in the turn of the century. Again, another successful event by the RHHS.Thanks to Leslie Kerz for leading the event.

Two youths with Anita Hawkins at Shipyard Park

Bob shares about the Button House on the corner of Washington St.

2017 Events: We Got History

Academy Hall under construction 

Oral History Project

February 7th & 14th 2017

​Our Oral History project is in full swing. This month Bob Herron and Ed Chiucarello hit the road and interviewed Herb Philbrick about his WWII experiences. He had some stories to tell.

Our second interview was with Joan Tennyson. Joan grew up in Rocky Hill on a 52 acre farm. It was amazing to hear her stories of Rocky Hill living. "Quiet," she said. "Rocky Hill was so much more quiet when I was a girl."

Our Oral History project will continue with an interview once a month. We will soon have a separate page dedicated to all these wonderful stories. If you are interested in doing the project as a transcriber or if you know of someone who has a story to tell about Rocky Hill let us know.​​

Joan Tennyson and Bob Herron 

Rocky Hill Center Historic District House Tour

​August 26th 2017 

Historian Bob Herron, pictured below in the standard historian cowboy hat, led a group of 44 history seekers on a Historic House tour of Rocky Hill's Center Historic District. Did I say history enough in that last sentence? A perfect blue sky and cool temperatures set the scene for a wonderful day of sharing information and story telling. You can see the house tour right here.

Annual Dinner

​May 25th 2017

Great food, great guests and a great speaker. The Society celebrated its 55th year in existence with our annual dinner that featured a presentation by Reverend Craig Cowing of How to Research an Historic House. A business meeting took place where Sandee Brown was elected Vice President and Leslie Kerz elected Membership Chairperson. Jane Nash was awarded a certificate of appreciation for her service to the Society. We thank all for coming and all the volunteers who made it happen. It's all history now.

Angela Piccarelli shares info about her house on Riverview Rd.

Native Americans in Rocky Hill

January 21st 2017

The Lone Pine Site in the Rocky Hill Quarry was uncovered by Dr Zariphes and his childhood friend David Cooke back in 1964. Dr Z came down to Academy Hall on this day to teach us about the 4,000 year old artifacts from the Lone Pine Site that we have displayed. Come down and see for yourself. We are indebted to Dr Z, a great friend of the Society. His guidance has been invaluable to us for holding on to the great tradition of Rocky Hill archaeology.

WWI Book Signing

April 8th 2017

After clean up from the construction, Society members were extremely happy to get back to  Academy Hall with a program on Rocky Hill in WWI. A nice gathering attended a presentation by author Bob Herron followed by a question and answer session and book signing. The Society and the Cora J. Belden Library jointly published the book Rocky Hill in WWI which can be bought online or at Academy Hall.

Shoring Up Academy Hall

March 2017

​Academy Hall got its much needed shoring up this month. The Society was closed the entire month as workers, hired by the town, dug out the crawl space, jacked up the floor, and installed metal beams to make our historic 1803 building nice and sturdy. Thanks to our fantastic town staff and all who helped with this project. Academy Hall is ready to move on now through the next 200 years.

One of the ten tables at the tea social at Acdemy Hall

Walking past the Community Center to our first stop

Earth Day Tree Dedication

April 22nd 2017

A small group of Rocky Hill residents surround the newly planted Gingko tree at Academy Hall to celebrate Earth Day. John Serra, who arranged the event, gave a short history of Earth Day. Ed Chiucarello, with his tenor banjo, played This Land is Your Land and The Earth is our Mother. Pastor Craig Cowing added more background of Earth Day and blessed the tree. Refreshments were served inside the Academy as a friendly social gathering ensued. Come see our new tree.

Bob Herron on the steps of Academy Hall Museum

Guests socialize at the tea social at Acdemy Hall

Archaeology Anyone?

April 9th 2017

What do you do with all the material that was dug out of the crawlspace under Academy Hall? You sift through it to find treasures. Society Librarian Maureen Mullen contacted State Archaeologist Brian Jones who contacted the FOSA (Friends of the State Archaeology) who went out to the Rocky Hill sandpits with Society members for 5 hours to sift through the material. Come on down and see what we found.  

The electronic sign board, Rocky Hill Center

Brian Jones oversees FOSA and RHHS members 

Reverend Cowing presentation