History is alive at Rock Hall
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In addition to the town, which pays employee salaries, the Friends of Rock Hall, a volunteer group, helps to raise money and supplement program offerings. “I love history; I love the idea of Long Islanders documenting their colonial history,” said Roberta Fiore, a Long Beach resident and historian who is co-president of the group, along with Valley Stream-based attorney Jean Kestel.
“Every facet of Rock Hall is an education,” said Fiore, who recently wrote a history of Long Beach published by Arcadia.
That education continues as visitors view the children’s room, featuring space for several youngsters, a four-poster bed and a
A guest room was used most likely during the Hewletts’ time, in the 19th century, and a downstairs bedroom is furnished for use by Josiah Martin. There are also a dining room, a parlor room and a game room.
The Hewletts created more space for entertaining by adding an archway between the rooms. Before that, Samuel Martin had moved the staircase from near the front entrance to the side, but he did compromise a rear window, Barreira said.
The museum recently opened the storage cellar, which once served as the warming area for the food brought into the house by slaves. It also features a wine cellar and a room that displays the museum’s archeological excavations.
Rock Hall offers many programs and events, including its annual country fair, scheduled for Oct. 23 and 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. “It’s basically a place people in the community can get to know each other and bring their kids into a different age,” Kestel said.