Elisa's Daily Scoop
The Phillips House, Rockville Centre, Long Island
Good morning my peeps!!
It's hump day and I have to tell you I just can't keep track of what day it is. With the kids finished with their finals and just getting through the last week or so, it's getting confusing!
So, you know how I am a big proponent of "local travel" and visiting sites in "your own backyard"...
Well, today I was driviHng around to meet my Dad for breakfast and I pass a sign for The Phillips House Museum. What??? I never knew this place existed. And not far from my home.
There are always little gems all around us to learn about history and the past!
Well, I just added this Museum to my "to visit" list.
The Phillips House is home of the Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre. The Incorporated Village of Rockville Centre is an upper middle class neighborhood located on the south shore of Long Island...and with much history, I might add!
For example, did you know that the first blood spilled on Long Island in the Revolutionary War took place at DeMott's Mill which was located on Mill River in Rockville Centre?
The museum is opened Saturdays and Sundays 1-4pm or by appointment and is not only a resource of information about the history of this town, but also houses various exhibits throughout the year featuring the artwork of local American artists.
The Phillips House, now a museum, was originally the home of Captain Samuel F. Phillips and was built in 1882.
Captain Phillips was born in 1832 . He was originally from Maine and lived in Massachusetts before he retired to Rockville Centre at age 50.
He joined a number of other retired sea captains who settled in this area in the 1880's.
He was among those that signed the documents calling for incorporation of the Village. He was instrumental in the establishment of the first public high school on the south shore of Long Island.
In 1908, Captain Phillips moved out of the house and it fell into disarray.
In 1975, the house had been a rooming house, when the owner decided he wanted to demolish the house to make way for more parking for the nearby medical buildings.
An astute real estate broker Edward Clare went to the village with the idea of moving the house and turning it into a museum. The home was purchased for $1, and moved to its present location at 28 Hempstead Avenue.
The Phillips House will be presenting the works of noted American Artist Charles Henry Miller. This important artist has been called the “artistic discoverer of Long Island”
The exhibit will run from September 21 through November 10 on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 1-4pm. Admission is free.
For more information...
28 Hempstead Avenue
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Today, I'll be heading to the school to attend Gianna's end of year class barbecue.
They certainly got lucky with a gorgeous day filled with sunshine and warm temperatures!!
Eating, running around and playing games...I'm sure it's going to be a great day!
Well, see ya back here tomorrow when we throw it back!
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