Ross School House No. 7

If you lived near the intersection of Tienken & Brewster Roads before 1953, you would have heard this bell call children to Ross School No. 7, one of the thirteen schools around Avon Township. Commonly called Ross School for its location on the corner of A. L. Ross’ fruit farm, this one-room schoolhouse is a rare example of stone school construction that still stands today as a private residence. The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm was excited to accept the bell into its collections back in 2016.

Miss Lapham's class photo outside of Ross School, 1931

You can see the Ross School Bell at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

Visiting the Museum

The Museum’s permanent exhibit interprets the fascinating lives of the Taylor and Van Hoosen families. Visitors can also learn about the women’s suffrage movement, water powered mills, and more. Drop in tours are on Fridays and Saturdays from 12:00pm - 3:00pm and throughout the year for school and group tours. The Museum is located at 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester Hills, Michigan. To learn more, visit

About the City of Rochester Hills

Established in 1984, the City of Rochester Hills is a prosperous community offering residents and businesses superior services. Voted one of the top places to live by several sources including CNNMoney magazine, Rochester Hills is committed to sustaining its position among the nation’s preeminent places to live, work and raise a family. Through the city’s focus on health, education, and technology; the community continues to attract forward-thinking leaders and businesses.


Mar 25, 2022 Samantha Lawrence, Museum Archivist at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

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