Rochester Celebrates Founder’s Day

City of Rochester Historical Commission Annual Founder’s Day Event The City of Rochester Historical Commission invites the public to attend the annual Founder’s Day program in the multipurpose room at the Rochester Hills Public Library from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 16. The program, “We are all Founders” features award winning local artist Gerry Post who will share the story of his life and his work. Post grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, served in the U.S. Navy and graduated from … [Read more...]

New Bed and Breakfast in Rochester with VIDEO

New and One of a Kind The Rochester Carriage House Bed & Breakfast is not only the city’s newest choice for overnight accommodations; it is also Rochester’s only B&B. The caretaker’s house, or carriage house, was built in 1849 and sits just off Main Street behind the white Greek Revival main house once owned by Lysander Woodward and a small apartment building. Both the Woodward home and Carriage House were part of the Lysander Woodard estate and farm covering more than 300 acres. … [Read more...]

Rochester has plans for its parks

A downtown gathering spot, a new gateway and amphitheater for Municipal Park and rediscovering a hidden historic site are all among the goals outlined in the city of Rochester’s proposed new parks and recreation master plan. In the works since October, the draft five-year plan is now ready for public review and comment and will be the subject of an April 2 public hearing by the planning commission. Among its goals are improved barrier-free access and aesthetics, trail enhancements and … [Read more...]

Past, future converge in Main Street Makeover

Preparations for the $7.6-million rebuilding of Main Street through downtown Rochester have been underway for the last couple of years. Now, with a bid about to be awarded, workers are set to start digging in April. Main Street between Second and University will be totally closed for an estimated 90 days. But other than a detour around that stretch, downtown will be open for business as usual. “We’ve been communicating this solid for a year,” said Nik Banda, the city of Rochester’s … [Read more...]

Rochester Avon Historical Society honored

The Historical Society of Michigan has presented its 2011 Distinguished Volunteer Service award to Rod Wilson, president of the Rochester Avon Historical Society. The RAHS was also awarded the 2011 Local Society award in recognition of its many successful efforts in restoration, preservation, oral history, walking tours, and regular public meetings. The awards were announced at HSM’s 137th Annual Meeting and State History Conference Sept. 23-25 in Traverse City. The State History Awards are … [Read more...]