Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm Presents Terrific Turkeys

Learn about our feathery friends at the Rochester Hills Museum on November 22

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will be presenting Terrific Turkeys on Saturday, November 22nd from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Museum. Admission is free for Museum Members. The cost for non-members is $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Ages 7 and up are welcome. Guests will learn about these amazing birds and the hard work it took to bring them back to Michigan. “Wild turkeys were reintroduced into Michigan in the 1950s after being gone from several … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum Unveils Water-Powered Mill Exhibit

Barkham Mill

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm has unveiled a new exhibit that features the 25 water-powered mills that once dotted the community.  The exhibit is on display on Fridays and Saturdays from 1–4 p.m. through November 22.  Admission is free for Museum members and $5 adults and $3 seniors and students. The Rochester community has three major water sources with the Clinton River, Paint Creek and Stoney Creek and these waterpower sources supported mills that provided wood, … [Read more...]

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 www.rochesterhills.org/musprograms 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...]