The Noah Hallock Homestead
In 1721 Noah Hallock built this house for his 21-year old bride, Bethia Youngs. The house is located on Hallock Landing Road is an 18th century Cape Cod type farmhouse with historic additions. It is Rocky Point’s oldest standing house and was the home of seven generations of the Hallock family until 1964. It was listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places in 2013 and is owned by the Rocky Point Historical Society since 2013.
The Noah Hallock Cemetery
The Noah Hallock Cemetery is located near the Hallock Homestead on Hallock Lane. Bethia Youngs, wife of Noah Hallock (1696-1773), was the first person buried here in 1766. Since then, generations of Hallocks have been buried here. The cemetery is documented in the Society publication, The Noah Hallock Cemetery of Rocky Point, 1996.
WORLD WAR II HONOR ROLL SIGN
On June 4, 2005 a replica of a World War II “Honor Roll” sign, which once stood at the Joseph A Edgar School came home once again.
RCA RADIO CENTRAL
On November 5, 1921, President Warren C. Harding pressed a button in Washington, DC, which started the generators at RCA Radio Central in Rocky Point. RCA became the world’s largest and most powerful wireless transmitting station.
RCA LOGO SIGN
A piece of radio history, in the form of a logo of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) at Radio Central in Rocky Point which was in the care of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) since the late 1970s was donated to the Rocky Point Historical Society, and can now be found in the Radio Room at the Noah Hallock Homestead.
THE MARCONI RADIO SHACK
This building was used from 1902 to 1905 for ship-to-shore wireless transmission and as a training school for Marconi operators. The 12″ x 14′ structure was originally located on Fire Island Avenue in Babylon. Rocky Point’s RCA Radio Central received this historic building as a gift from Major Edwin Armstrong. The building is currently located on “Marconi Blvd” (Yaphank-Rocky Point Road) in front of the Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School in Rocky Point.
Legend says that “Indian Rock”, located on Sam’s Path, may have been the inspiration for the naming of Rocky Point. It is also legend that the local Native Americans thought the rock as sacred and many arrowheads were found in the vicinity of the rock.
Every rock is an “erratic” or visitor from a distance brought by the Ice Age. The first of the glacial Ice Age began about a million years ago, when ice and snow travelled across the area. All of North America, north of the Ohio River, was covered with one slow moving sheet of ice. The glacier moved crossed the region in three stages. The last of the ice glaciers, called “The Wisconsin”, left the north shore hilly and rocky between 18,000 and 20,000 years ago. Long Island is the terminal moraine of this glacier, which deposited sand, rocks and huge boulders. Many large boulders are found on Long Island, carried and remained where they dropped from the melting ice. In Rocky Point, a colossal boulder is located on Sam’s Path near Hallock Landing Road. The Hallock family built one of their barns next to the great boulder. By Natalie Aurucci-Stiefel
In February 1905, the Brooklyn Standard Union newspaper recorded:
“Not far away is the ancient homestead, a fine well-kept house wherein lives Merritt Hallock. And close by the house is a remarkable rock, a huge boulder, whose shadow sweeps over many rods of ground as the sun swings in it’s course, a source of astonishment to every visitor who sees it for the first time. Fifty feet long, forty feet thick and rising thirty-five feet above the ground, would be a marvel. Venerable, indeed, as time goes in this New World, in a homestead running back without transfer of title deeds to colonial days. Remarkable would this house have seemed, with its seven generations of descent from father to son – – but the colossal boulder, whose fiery birth was in Connecticut or perhaps Vermont, looks serenely over the changes of mere centuries…”