Rockdale area residents and visitors have access to numerous dining options at area cafes, fast food establishments, and family restaurants that offer an array of tastes for every palate such as home-cooking, barbecue, Mexican and Chinese foods.
History buffs enjoy visiting the Rockdale Post Office, the renovated train depot, and Hogan-Hall museum. The mural inside the post office is one of the few remaining artworks commissioned by Franklin Delano Roosevelt under the Works Progress Administration (WPA) of Art Project. The 12-by-8-foot oil-on-canvas painting titled "Industry in Rockdale" depicts the agrarian and industrial lifestyle of early 20th century. The train depot and museum allow tourists an insight into the citys past with historic artifacts and photographs.
Perhaps the most famous of residents in Rockdale was author George Sessions Perry, tabbed as one of the top Southern writers of the 20th Century. The Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library has a special collection of his works as well as memorabilia on display. Perry wrote numerous books of fiction and was also a regular contributor to the Saturday Morning Post. In 1941 he won the National Book Award for the book "Hold Autumn in Your Hand." The book was adapted for the big screen by another famous Southern author, William Faulkner, in a 1945 film titled "The Southerner." A Texas Historical marker in his honor on the library grounds marks the home of the award-winning author.
Applications for historical markers have been made to mark several other places of interest in and around the Rockdale area, such as Rockdale City Hall, the Old City Cemetery, and Rainbow Courts, the oldest motel in Texas that continues to operate. The International and Great Northern Railroad Passenger Depot and the Mundine Hotel, the site of the tragic fire in 1888 that killed eleven people, have received tentative approval for historical markers.
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