The Rocks Village historians are looking for descendants of families who lived here in earlier times. We would like to borrow any old photos, maps, deeds, stories, newspaper articles, or other documents that you might have in your family archives and that you would be willing to share with us. In addition, with your permission, a local photographer would like to capture your portrait for inclusion in an artist book to be published at a later date.
Discover the riverfront neighborhood of Rocks Village, once a bustling community of stores, taverns, and wharfs, settled in the late seventeenth century. Hear tales of merchants, shipbuilders, a purported witch, and more.
Explore local landmarks such as the Rocks Village Bridge and 1840 Hand Tub House (fire station), and learn the stories of those who lived, loved, and worked here.
Presented in partnership Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. HNE shares the region’s history through vast collections, publications, programs, historic proper- ties, archives, and family stories that document more than 400 years of life in New England.
Registration recommended. Please call 617-994-5970 for more information or register online. Two times to chose from: 10:30 -11:30am or 1:00 – 2:00pm
The RVMA donated a tree to the Methuen Festival of Trees this year with the team of Through the Ages. The tree included original art from Susan Bailey, Wimberley Burton, and Bill King. Dee Rowlands, Jennifer Rowland Clapp, Dee’s daughter, and Lydia Harris contributed decorations to the tree.
We would like to thank Home Depot for the donation of the tree and Historic New England for the beautiful books they donated to go along with the tree raffle.
The RVMA would like to heartily thank everyone who joined in helping during the yard sale, clean-up, and walking tour. Thanks to the many customers, generosity of donors, and walking tour participants, we are closer to our goal of glazing the windows and painting the trim of the HTH.
Kudos to the Rocks Village Memorial Association and their preservation of the Hand Tub House! Essex Heritage Trustee and Haverhill City Councilor Tom Sullivan invited Essex Heritage CEO Annie Harris to visit the restoration project last Friday where she was impressed to see how much has been accomplished by this entirely volunteer organization. They raised over $80,000 to restore the historic tub house and meeting hall dating from the 1830s, but there is more to be done. The goal is to create a museum on the first floor of the property and restore the meeting room on the second floor.
Save the Date: Big Doings in the Village on Saturday, October 15, 2016
8:30-3:00 Yard Sale – all sales go towards restoring and preserving the Hand Tub House. Contact Cindy@rocksvillage.org. 9:00-2:00 Fall Clean-Up – Get your hands dirty with preparing Hand Tub House Park for Winter. Contact Christine@rocksvillage.org 10:30-11:30 and 1:00-2:00 Historic Walking Tour – Register Here 6:30 -8:30 Annual Fall Feast – Enjoy a festive pot luck in one of the Village Houses. Contact Cindy@rocksvillage.org.
September 18th. The annual meeting of the RVMA will be held at 3:30 PM at The Hand Tub House. Exciting things are happening in the village, the HTH landscaping has made great strides, and an electrical upgrade has been done to the HTH. Peek in and see the new lighting. Upcoming projects for the HTH will be discussed as well as events for the coming year. This is your village, please join us.