Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s 30th Antique Appraisal Day is April 7

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society (RAHS) is hosting its 30th Antique Appraisal Day on Sunday, April 7 from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester Hills, MI. Except for 2020 during the pandemic, RAHS has held this event annually for three decades. This is RAHS’s biggest annual fundraiser and a popular community event. Nine local appraisers will be available to provide appraisals on antiques, including coins, toys, art, … [Read more...]

The Hamlin Family Legacy

The Story of the Hamlin Name in the Rochester Area Hamlin Road, Hamlin School, Hamlin Place Farms Subdivision – even Hamlin Pub – all owe their names to a pioneer settler of Avon Township (now Rochester Hills) named John Fairchild Hamlin. The immigrant ancestor of John F. Hamlin settled in the Massachusetts Bay colony in 1640. Some branches of the family moved on to New York State, where John Fairchild Hamlin was born in the Finger Lakes region in 1799. Hamlin family footprints are … [Read more...]

Should You Pay a Cover Charge?

Why Pay a Cover Charge? I hate paying cover charges. I never understood why people would wait in a line, in all kinds of weather, to pay $5, $10, or even $20 for the privilege to walk through the door. And then, to only have to wait your turn at the bar for the honor to purchase overpriced drinks. This scenario happens all over the planet. However, when it takes place right here in Southeast Michigan is when it bothers me the most. It is usually the trendy bars – the hip new places in town … [Read more...]