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Stoney Creek Schoolhouse
Rochester Bicentennial Exhibit
Celebrate 200 years of Rochester's history with our Bicentennial exhibit! On display in our Diary Barn through the end of 2017, this exhibit highlights various aspects of Rochester's innovative community such as its schools, mills, businesses, and newspapers. Want to learn why Rochester was settled in 1817? Stop by the Dairy Barn on Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Our Lively Town
Permanent Exhibit inside the 1927 Dairy Barn
A look at the fascinating history of the Rochester/Rochester Hills community–the oldest community in Oakland County–utilizing hundreds of archival photographs, artifacts, maps, newspapers, and more. In addition, you can enjoy a model train layout and interurban track as it travels through a model replica of downtown Rochester, and watch our 8-minute
. The log cabin room allows you to travel back to the early days of our community to look at the flora and fauna that greeted our first settlers.
The Museum store contains unique publications about our community as well as items made by community members and numerous keepsake items.
During normal open hours on Fridays and Saturdays, you can enjoy a guided tour through the 1840 Van Hoosen Farmhouse–at 1:30 and 3:00 p.m.–and view the possessions of five generations of the Taylor-Van Hoosen families. At 2:30 p.m., you can tour the 1850 Red House, a small tenant farmhouse owned by the Van Hoosen Family and rented to their employees on their farm. The house is furnished in the 1850 time period and even the surrounding landscape harkens back to a time before lawnmowers and manicured gardens.
Surrounding the Museum buildings are 16 acres of beautiful gardens and grounds bordered by Stoney Creek including The Children's Garden. Self guided tours of the grounds can reveal turkey, coyote, fox, beaver, deer, blue birds, orioles, and more. Feel free to wade into Stoney Creek on a warm day and feel the cool waters that attracted our first settlers.
Within a short walk, you can enjoy Stoney Creek Cemetery and meet the soldiers, scholars, and pioneers from this early settlement. A tour map of the cemetery is available for purchase in the Museum store.
Surrounding the Museum buildings is historic Stoney Creek Village–listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Please be respectful of the privately-owned homes while walking along the roads and please watch for traffic. Walking and driving tour maps are available for purchase in the Museum store.
Please enjoy this historic setting preserved just for you!
Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen (March 26, 1863 - June 7, 1952)
Bertha Van Hoosen graduated from the University of Michigan in 1888 with a degree in medicine. At a time when women doctors were rare, Bertha served her community as an obstetrician, gynecologist, and surgeon, and her illustrious career spanned more than 50 years.
Enter this Virtual Exhibit
to learn more about the "Petticoat Surgeon."
Ken Elwert, CPRE
Director of Parks &Forestry
Patrick J. McKay
1005 Van Hoosen Rd.
Rochester Hills, MI
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1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free for Members
Non-Member Adults $5.00
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