Artist Charles Henry Miller exhibit at The Phillips House

Charles Henry Miller

Charles Henry Miller

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

Captain Phillips and the beginning of the Museum

Captain Samuel Phillips

Captain Samuel Phillips

The Captain Samuel F. Phillips house was built in 1882, nestled within the area along North Village Avenue known as the Grove. 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 on Maine Avenue and adjacent areas of NorthVillage Avenue in the 1880’s.

While he lived in Rockville Centre, Captain Phillips was active in village life. 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, right here in RVC. Captain Phillips resided at the Phillips House  until 1908, when the captain and his family moved to Oceanside.

In 1975, the house had been a rooming house, and was becoming somewhat ramshackle, and part of the medical building’s property. The owner decided he wanted to demolish the house to make way for more parking. 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.

Three years later, due to the village and a group of volunteers, the Phillips House became the Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre. Decorated in the victorian style, it houses an archive in which the heritage and history is being preserved. Throughout the year many events and exhibits are held. We hope you will consider making a visit to the Phillips House and that you will return often and become active volunteers and members.