Rochester’s Founder’s Day Celebration - Sunday March 12 at Van Hoosen Farm

Mar, 2023, Rochester, MI - The Rochester Historical Commission will celebrate Founder’s Day that commemorates the arrival of James Graham with his sons on March 17th, 1817 to the area we now know as Rochester, Michigan.

James Graham and his sons were pioneer settlers who established Rochester as the first European settlement in Oakland County.

The celebration will take place on Sunday, March 12, 2023 from 2pm to 4pm in the Calf Barn at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. You are cordially invited to join us.

Children are welcome and delicious refreshments will be served. Admission is free but please register by CLICKING HERE

This year’s celebration will include local authors and historical organizations and showcase the Shannon Irish Dance Academy. Bagpiper Yolanda McDonald will perform during guest's arrival prior to the program.

Rochester Hills Museum Manager Patrick McKay will present “Stoney Creek Village – A Bicentennial Celebration 1823 - 2023” exploring the area’s history of water powered mills, inventors, politicians, soldiers, and rural architecture.

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is located at 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester Hills, Michigan. It is located off Tienken Road between Rochester and Dequindre Roads.

About the Rochester Historical Commission

It is the mission of the Rochester Historical Commission to protect and preserve Rochester's historic and prehistoric resources for the use, education, enjoyment and economic benefit of present and future generations.

Historical Commission Meetings are open to the public and scheduled on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7pm. Meeting dates and times are subject to change. Please check the City Calendar for the latest updates. Meetings take place at Rochester City Hall Council Chambers, 400 Sixth Street, Rochester.

For more information, please call City Hall at (248) 651-9061


March 6, 2023, City of Rochester Historical Commission, Rochester.Life

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