HISTORY AND LANDMARKS
To catch anyone up who has not been following my blog, my name is Tamara Lebo and I am a Licensed Sales Associate with Century 21/ Sherlock Homes in Rockville Centre. In order to ensure that I am equipped with the most knowledge of Rockville Centre, therefore, ensuring that I am the best equipped to sell a home in Rockville Centre; I have started a blog about the amazing town that I work in. It has been broken down into 15 categories (ex: nightlife, public services, unique boutiques), in which I try to explore what is so great about Rockville Centre. For each category I visit the place I include, giving you a personal experience for each section. Some categories have included coupons to fantastic establishments in RVC.
Rockville Centre is such a great community with so many successful businesses and organization for one reason. The people of the community and the love and support they show for the hometown. RVC has a vast history proving that it has been that way since the beginning of the eighteenth century. It started as a small farming community and families of ship captains. To learn about many of the people that have helped build Rockville Centre into the amazing village that it is, such as John T. Davis “the father of Park Ave.” or Captain Edwin F Wallace and some of its extensive and unique history stop by The Philips House Museum and pick up a copy of “A Brief History of Rockville Centre”, written by Marilyn Nunes Devlin from the Phillips House Museum In RVC, located on 28 Hempstead Avenue. She dedicated her very informative and interesting book to Margaret Phelps Hopkins who created the Historical Research Archive at the Museum of Village of Rockville Centre. I would love to get deeper into the history with you via this blog but you would be reading for days!!
me with one of the two best brokers RVC has to offer, Judy Hart, showing off my new book!
“A Brief History of Rockville Centre: The Heritage and History of a Village” by Marilyn Nunes Devlin
PHILLIPS HOUSE MUSEUM
Today I had the pleasure of visiting this museum as part of my research venture into Rockville Centre and had the pleasure of meeting with The President of the Rockville Centre Historical Society, Mr. Frank E. Seipp, who was kind enough to show me around this fascinating home filled with beautiful antiques full of history. It was obvious he was passionate about his job since he has been giving tours of the home for over twenty years. Captain Samuel F. Phillips house was built in 1882. It was built on North Village Avenue and later lifted and moved to where it is now on Hempstead Avenue. Captain Pillips was originally from Maine and did not retire to Rockville Centre until he was 50. When living in Rockville Centre he was very active in village life. He among others signed the documents calling for the incorporation of the village and helped in the establishment of the first public high school on the south shore, which was of course right here in RVC. The house is now taken care of by Volunteers and the historical society and funded by the village. Just one more thing that makes this community so great and so bonded together. Even the boy scouts and the girl scouts have a hand in helping to organize this beautiful landmark.
the photo on the left is of President of the Historical Society of RVC proving to me that the antique radio does in fact work. To the left a doll house over a hundred years old. That was donated by the Malone family who helped build Saint Agnes Cathedral, an absolutely breathtaking church here in town.
The Phillips House
28 Hempstead Ave
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Another beautiful landmark in Rockville Centre is The Tanglewood Preserve. Unlike pretty much everything else in RVC this is a little bit off the beat and path. Not right in the heart of the community like everything else. Which is nice. It can be a quite sanctuary if you would like to sit by the pond and read a book. It is also home of the Center For Science and Learning, which houses Nature Kids Nursery School (long islands only science based nursery school) and a petting zoo, which I had the pleasure of walking through today. The animals here are very friendly and used to people. I was greeted by a parrot that said "hello". When I walked outside, there were two friendly goats practically jumping the fence to get my attention, and a rooster followed me around the whole time I was out back! This is such a great place for families because all year-round they provide workshops and opportunities for children to learn. Some are for the whole family and some you can drop your children off to. I believe I would have captured the beauty of the preserve better had I done this during a more suitable season, but I wanted to keep the timing consistant. I may just have to come back, with pictures to follow in a few months and I sure look forward to it. If you are moving or new to the area, this is definitely something you and your family should check out. It is quite unique.
1 Tanglewood Rd
Rockville Centre, NY 11570