Hempstead Town to Host Rock Hall Country Fair; Festive Event Provides Entertainment and Educational Programs for Kids, Families

Supervisor Anthony J. Santino is inviting all residents to the 32nd Annual Country Fair at the historic Rock Hall. This popular community event is being held on Saturday, October 21st and Sunday, October 22nd from 11AM to 5PM, and features historical presentations, craft vendors and even a Great American Vaudeville Show. All proceeds benefit The Friends of Rock Hall.

“The Town of Hempstead Country Fair at Rock Hall offers fun and educational programs for children, families and people of all ages,” stated Supervisor Santino. “I invite all residents to come on down and enjoy the pumpkin patches, animal farm, historic exhibits and much more.”

The Country Fair includes a Great American Vaudeville Show on both Saturday and Sunday at 1PM, 2:15PM and 3:30PM. There will also be historical demonstrations, vendors, a harvest tent, antique cars, children’s craft area, great food, a pumpkin patch, an animal farm, pony rides and a display of early American open hearth cooking. There will also be a special exhibit entitled “Trinkets, Treasures and Trade,” during which a Dutch historian and curator will display an array of 17th-century and 18th-century European and Native household, personal and trade items, and cools.

Rock Hall, built in 1767 and located at 199 Broadway in Lawrence, is considered one of the most impressive pre-Revolutionary War houses on Long Island. Constructed of wood in the Georgian style, this Colonial house was home to only two families, the Martins and the Hewletts, before being deeded to the Town of Hempstead in 1948. After an extensive restoration process, Rock Hall opened as a museum in 1953, owned and operated by the town and affiliated with the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities. Rock Hall is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Admission and parking is free on both days.