Rochester-Avon Historical Society Publishes New Heritage Tour Book

With a generous grant provided by the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester, Rochester-Avon Historical Society recently published a new book titled, History in the Heart of the Hills: A Rochester Area Heritage Tour. This historical tour guide introduces the reader to the heritage sites of Rochester and Rochester Hills, Michigan, that have withstood the test of time and continue to poke through the fabric of the local landscape. Included are commercial, residential, industrial, and ecclesiastical buildings, along with the monuments and memorials that mark the community’s history. The guidebook is fully illustrated with a mixture of contemporary and vintage images and presents historical and architectural details in each entry.

History in the Heart of the Hills: A Rochester Area Heritage Tour

“The society wishes to thank the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester for their support and financial assistance in helping us publish this new history tour book,” said Tiffany Dziurman, president of the Rochester-Avon Historical Society. “We are grateful to have completed this project during a historic global crisis and to provide something new for our members and community to enjoy.”

The book highlights historic structures and sites from the early days of the nineteenth century through the post-World War II era with current and historical photos and descriptions. Some of the sites remain. Many of the sites, however, are now gone. Prepared by the society’s Walking Tour Committee, History in the Heart of the Hills can be used with the society’s entries in, an online tool and mobile app for local history exploration.

“We hope this new publication will continue to educate our growing community about its past,” said Dziurman, “and delight residents and visitors with knowledge about what existed before in the places they visit and see daily.”

The book is available for sale on the society’s website for $10.00 plus $3.00 for shipping and handling. 

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