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Joshua Van Hoosen's Big Barn
In 1823, Lemuel and Sarah Taylor bought 160 acres of land in Avon Township. Lemuel's granddaughter Sarah Ann married Joshua Van Hoosen in 1854. In 1864, Joshua bought the Taylor farm when Sarah's mother died. 

In the winter of 1872, work began on a massive barn, one that would rival Lysander Woodward's barn on the corner of Tienken and Rochester Road.
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Sarah Van Hoosen-Jones' Childhood Pets
Sarah Van Hoosen Jones was a pet lover and kept scrapbooks of a variety of animals, such as parrots, dogs, and ponies, as pets throughout her life. The pictures in this exhibit are just a few examples of her beloved pets. 
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Taylor-Van Hoosen-Jones Family History
In 1823, 31-year old Elisha Taylor led his 60 family members on a journey from New York State to the Territory of Michigan. Purchasing 120 acres of land at $1.25 an acre, the family founded a log cabin community, which they named Stoney Creek Village.

By the mid 1800's, Stoney Creek Village was one of the largest communities in Oakland County, boasting three mills, a tavern, distillery, Baptist church, post office, and blacksmith. 
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