Join us in celebrating milestones of our Stone-by-Stone matching campaign and enjoy new virtual tours of the historic homesite available for free to the public. Thanks to you and a match from the Weatherspoon Family Foundation we raised $133,000 to continue offering programs such as this for our community. The Campaign may be over, but please consider donating today to help us keep the momentum going.
These programs are intended for viewers of all ages.
Alexander Rock House Introduction
Welcome to the 1774 Rock House, the oldest standing structure in Mecklenburg County. Hezekiah Alexander built this home in 1774 for his wife Mary and their 10 children. Over the years it was also home to at least 13 enslaved people who lived and worked on the site. Today, we continue to tell the stories of these 25 different people whose lives shaped the Charlotte we see today.
The Front Parlor
Learn how the Alexanders welcomed visitors to the house and see how colonial craftsmen engineered a building to stand the test of time. How do you keep a house warm or cool without climate control? Watch to find out!
Who was Hezekiah Alexander? Learn more about this colonial leader and explore how a tiny city on the edge of empire played an important role in the American debates about independence.
The Keeping Room
The dining room, the living room, the family room – the keeping room is the pretty-much-everything-you-do-in-a-house room of the eighteenth century. Join us to learn about Bet, Mary, and the children who lived at the 1774 Rock House.
Spinning & Weaving at the Rock House
In the eighteenth century, you could not simply go to the store to buy your clothing. Instead, you would need to make it. People like the Alexanders would have used a loom such as this to create their own textiles.
Bedtime at the Rock House
Learn about all the work that went into sleeping in early Mecklenburg County as well as a few unexpected surprises in the younger boy’s room at the 1774 Rock House.
*Please note: Portions of this video were filmed in March prior to updated guidelines regarding social distancing. Be sure to adhere to current guidelines and remain a minimum of six feet apart.*