A Tour of the Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal

A Tour of the Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal Saturday, April 20 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. $12 – Museum Members   $18 – Public Program includes a boxed lunch Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather Registration required by 12 noon on April 17 via PayPal www.rochesterhills.org/musprograms or 248-656-4663 Michigan’s first internal improvement in 1837 was a proposed canal that was supposed to run through the Rochester community. Join us for a tour of the remains of the Clinton –Kalamazoo canal … [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...]

A Tour of the Clinton Kalamazoo Canal

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is offering a tour and history of the ill-fated Clinton–Kalamazoo Canal on Saturday, April 14, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Cost is $12/Museum Members, $18/nonmembers. This program includes a boxed lunch. Deadline for registration is Wednesday, April 11 via PayPal at www.rochesterhills.org/musprograms The Clinton Kalamazoo Canal started in 1837 as Michigan’s first internal public works project and … [Read more...]

Tour the Clinton Kalamazoo Canal

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will be presenting a Clinton Kalamazoo Tour on Saturday, October 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The first mass transit system in Rochester was a canal that ended in our community in 1838 – it was part of the first public works project in the State of Michigan. Is it still here today? During the tour, guests will be able to walk along parts of the canal, see remains of one of the locks, and learn the history of this man-made waterway. Guests are … [Read more...]