Annual Antique Appraisal Day April 2

Rochester-Avon Historical Society Hosts 29th Annual Antique Appraisal Day at Rochester Hills at Van Hoosen Farm, April 2. Have you ever wondered if that necklace you bought in an antique store is worth more than what you paid for it? Or what the story behind grandpa's coin collection is? If you have antique treasures or family heirlooms that you’ve long wondered about, bring them to the Rochester-Avon Historical Society during their 29th Annual Antique Appraisal Day on Sunday, April 2, from … [Read more...]

Life and Times of Eliza Seaman Leggett

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society Presents “Life and Times of Eliza Seaman Leggett” Eliza Seaman Leggett The Rochester-Avon Historical Society (RAHS) will present “Life and Times of Eliza Seaman Leggett” presented by Lori Miller of the Oakland History Center. The program will take place on March 7 at 12:00 noon at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm as a part of RAHS Brown Bag program series.  To highlight Women’s History Month, Miller will discuss the life and times … [Read more...]

Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival Returns Saturday October 8

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm’s annual signature event, the Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival, is Saturday, October 8. Daytime activities are from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and include food, pumpkin bowling, live entertainment, crafts, Yates Cider Mill cider & donuts, and more. Guests are invited to carve a pumpkin and place it on the stone walls surrounding the Museum property and return in the evening between 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. to see all the pumpkins lit up. Help beat the record of … [Read more...]

Pedal the Past History Bike Tour June 30

Bike Riders and History Lovers Unite The Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) and the Rochester Hills Museum host a bike ride through Rochester's past and visit historical sites around downtown. Each turn and trail will reveal another chapter of Rochester's story. Attendees may register for one of six time slots between 6:00-7:30 p.m. on June 30. Each slot will accommodate up to 12 riders. Tours are approximately three miles long. Helmets are strongly encouraged. Space is limited. Registration … [Read more...]

Rochester Garden Walk Highlights Local Private Gardens

The 22nd annual Rochester Garden Walk will provide an opportunity to spend the day learning about plants and gardens, while being inspired by plantings and landscapes. This event is co-sponsored by the Rochester Garden Club and The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, and it highlights many gardens in the greater Rochester area. This year’s event takes place Thursday, June 16, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The private gardens on the tour – in and around Rochester – show each owner’s … [Read more...]

Old-Fashioned Christmas

Saturday, December 18, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. $8 Museum Members-Advance; $10 Non-Members-Advance; $15 Day of. Guests can visit all Museum exhibits, including the All Aboard! Model Railroad display that fills the Calf Barn during the holiday season. Farm wagons transport guests to all Museum buildings for musical entertainment, crafts, snacks, theatre groups, live music, and even chestnuts roasting over an open fire. Register at … [Read more...]

Drop-in for the Holidays at the Rochester Hills Museum

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is open for drop-in hours on select dates this winter from 12 noon - 3:00 p.m., with a Guided Tour of the Van Hoosen Farmhouse at 1:00 p.m. They’ll have the 1840 Van Hoosen Farmhouse beautifully decorated with boughs of holly, old Christmas cards, family gifts, community cookbooks, and a 10-foot Christmas tree in the library. Visitors will find seasonal interactive All Aboard: Model Railroad Exhibit! on display in the Calf Barn. Remaining … [Read more...]

All Aboard! Model Railroad Exhibit

The Stoney Creek Model Railroad Club has been planning this model train exhibit for one year and cannot wait to share it with the public. The Calf Barn will be filled with modules that have been painstakingly built in scale and show locations near and far. A scavenger hunt through the exhibit adds to the fun. All Aboard! runs November 26, 27 & 28; December 4, 11, 12, 18, 19, 27, 28, 29, 30 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. Fees are $5 for adults, … [Read more...]

The American Army in Normandy from Omaha Beach to the Falaise Gap

June 6, 1944, is arguably the most important single day in western history for the past 2,000 years. Failure of the Normandy landings could have resulted in a very different world than we know today. As important as that single day was, however, D-Day did not end the Battle for France, much less the Second World War. Success on June 6 was just the beginning of the 11-week Battle of Normandy that ultimately resulted in the destruction of the German army in France and opened the door to the … [Read more...]

Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change

Rochester-Avon Historical Society presents “Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change” as part of its popular lunchtime Brown Bag program series on Tuesday, November 2 at 12:00 noon at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. This program was developed by the Friends Peace Team from Denver, Colorado. The goal is to move “toward the right relationship with native peoples.” It is being shared nationwide by trained volunteers. The presentation is powerful in raising awareness about the true … [Read more...]