Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival returns to the Rochester Hills Museum

Museum pumpkin patch

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will host its annual Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, October 11 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The presenting sponsor for this event is Genisys Credit Union with event sponsors including Noodles and the Village of Rochester Hills. Guests are invited to carve a pumpkin and place it on the stone walls surrounding the Museum property. After the evening lighting, guests can take their pumpkin home. The Museum is hoping to exceed our record of 1,011 … [Read more...]

Vintage base ball match at Rochester Hills Museum on Thursday night!

Grangers of the Corn BW

A great way to kick off the summer season is by watching the Rochester Grangers play base ball the way is was played in 1865! The Grangers will play the Port Huron Welkins on Thursday, June 12 at 7:00 p.m. on the Rochester Hills Museum grounds. Admission is free, and guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or their own chair. Vintage base ball captures the national past time as it evolved after the Civil War. Games are still nine innings long but emphasis is placed on gentlemanly behavior, … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum to Host 15th Annual Garden Walk

Pergola Gate in late summer

From town to country, the 15th annual Rochester Hills Museum Garden Walk shows off seven gardens in the greater Rochester and Oakland Township area. Co-sponsored by the Rochester Branch of the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association, this year’s event on Thursday, June 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. also provides a look at the Rochester Community Gardens and the adjacent Dinosaur Hill Children’s Garden.  Guests can also tour the Children’s Garden on the Rochester Hills Museum grounds as … [Read more...]

‘Petticoat Surgeon’ play to debut at Rochester College

Hannah Wasil, who plays Dr. Van Hoosen in "Petticoat Surgeon"

Our local history comes to life starting tomorrow when Rochester College debuts the play - Petticoat Surgeon: The Life of Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen, dramatized by Dr. David Keller. Born in Avon Township (Rochester Hills) in the midst of the Civil War, Bertha overcame the prejudices against women physicians to become a world-renowned surgeon, teacher, and researcher who practiced medicine for more than 60 years. The founder of the American Medical Women's Association, Bertha was inducted into … [Read more...]

Enjoy ‘Spring on the Farm’ at Rochester Hills Museum

A boy learning how to wash clothes the old-fashioned way.

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will be holding their traditional Spring on the Farm on Saturday, May 10 from 10-4 p.m. Admission is $7 per person, ages 2 and up, and $4 for Museum members. Activities include: The Barnyard Express Farm show at 10:30 and 12:00 Cockadoodle Doo Chicken Show at 1:30 A presentation and activities celebrating International Migratory Bird Day Programs at the 1848 Stoney Creek Schoolhouse Tours of the Museum buildings Activities in the … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm 1927 Calf Barn recognized as 2014 Barn of the Year

Calf Barn

The Michigan Barn Preservation Network (MBPN) awarded the 2014 Barn of the Year to the 1927 Calf Barn at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. The Calf Barn has been rebuilt on its original site with private funds and is now used as a multipurpose facility to support the Museum operations and to provide a location for community events. Phase I work was completed in 2013 that repaired the walls and added the entire portion back according to original drawings. Historically, the … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm Opens for 2014 Drop-In Tours

Tour the Van Hoosen Farmhouse on Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is open for drop-in tours starting Saturday, March 1st! Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Museum encompasses 16 acres of historic buildings, gardens, houses, barns, children’s garden, historic landscape, and a schoolhouse. The area was settled in 1823 by the Lemuel Taylor family. After Sarah Taylor married Joshua Van Hoosen the farm named changed. Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen, a renowned surgeon grew up here and practiced … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum to host Church Tour

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will be hosting a tour of churches in the center of our community on Monday, October 28, 2013.  Tour cost is $25 for Museum members and $30 for nonmembers and includes lunch. Registration and payment is available through the Museum website at and must be done by Monday, October 21. The tour begins at St. Mark’s Orthodox, then continues to Covenant Christian Church, Rochester Church of Christ (lunch) and … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is Presenting Wild in the City!


The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will be presenting Wild in the City! on Saturday, September 28 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Museum. Admission is free for members of the Rochester Hills Museum. The cost for non-members is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors. We will learn about our local wildlife and how we can appreciate and live with them. Guests are also encouraged to bring their specific wildlife questions. To register for Wild in the City! call (248) 656-4663 or e-mail … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum to Host Annual Leadership Seminar

Dr. Jim Grossman

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will host Dr. James R. Grossman, Executive Director of the American Historical Association, for a presentation on LEADERSHIP AND HISTORICAL THINKING, 1776 – 2013, on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 (Patriot’s Day) at 7:00 p.m. in the Museum’s Calf Barn as part of the Museum’s annual Broomfield Center for Leadership seminar series.  Admission is free but a reservation is requested. Dr. Grossman will speak on American leaders who created … [Read more...]