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Photo of girl with butterfly wings Fairies on the Farm   Sold Out
Ages: 4-12
August 22: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Do you believe in fairies? We do! Join us as we look for fairies, gnomes and sprites all around the Children’s Garden at the Rochester Hills Museum. You never know where you will find them, and they will only be here for one day as they stop on their way back to their summer homes. This program is sponsored by the Rochester Garden Club.

Wear you best fairy wings and join us for:
  • Fairy Crafts
  • Goodie Bag
  • Storytelling
  • Face Painting & Temporary Tattoos
  • Fairy Scavenger Hunt
  • Fairy Food and Beverages

Rochester Grangers Vintage Base Ball
Sun, 08/18 - Grangers vs. Northville
Sun, 09/08 - Grangers vs Walker Wheel Tavern 

Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm
Cost: Free
The Rochester community has had a town base ball club as early as 1873 – in that year, the Grangers beat the Mechanics 25-15.  Entering their 21st season the Rochester Grangers Vintage Base Ball Club invites you to attend an upcoming home match.  Bring your own chair or blanket and enjoy a hot dog after the match.

Brown Bag Lunches
brown bag Dates:
Tuesday, September 3: 12 -1 pm, East Side of Main St.
Tuesday, October 1: 12 -1 pm, West Side of Main St.
Cost: Free

Cooperative Program with the Rochester-Avon Historical Society  
Bring your lunch to watch a self-narrative history video of the Rochester area created by John Boeberitz in 1976. His narrative of every building and the events on Main Street, University Drive, and Walnut Street in downtown Rochester is folksy, informative, fun, and fascinating. You will hear stories you have never heard before! John A. Boeberitz was the Chairman of the 1969 Rochester Centennial Celebration and was known as "Mr. Rochester".  Incorporating vintage photos, he takes the viewer on an Mr Rochester on a floatinteresting journey up the east side of Main Street from the south trestle of the DUR to Orion Junction and returning down the west side of Main Street. He includes side-trips such as Halbach Field, the Detroit Sugar Company, Bloomer Park, Yates Cider Mill, the DUR, railroads and others. The videos also cover University Drive and Walnut Street.            
Drinks and dessert provided. 

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Porch Stories

Date: Thursday, September 12
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: VanHoosen Farmhouse at Museum
Cost: free

Cooperative program with the Rochester Downtown Development Authority

Join Rochester Hills Museum Old Farm HouseManager Patrick McKay for this live storytelling event. Bring a lawn chair/blanket and join Pat at the Front Porch of the 1840 Van Hoosen Farmhouse as he shares the 40-year history of the Museum, the 179-year history of the Van Hoosen Farmhouse, and fascinating history all around you. Plus, enjoy complimentary lemonade and cookies!

The Front Porch Stories is part of The Front Porch Project, a new initiative by the Rochester DDA. The goal of The Front Porch Project is to improve the quality of life for area residents, focusing on wellness, community, people and place.

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Villages and Ghost towns of Oakland and Macomb Counties

Date: Saturday, September 14
Time: 9 -3 pm
Cost: $50 Museum Members, $60 Non-members, includes boxed lunch
The Rochester Hills Museum will be hosting a bus tour of various lost villages and ghost towns in the region. Stops include Stoney Creek Village where the Museum is located and locations such as Goodison, Decker, Rudd’s Mill, Kline, Mt. Vernon, Clifton, Thornington, Disco and more. Stops include a tour of a privately owned 1850 gristmill and a view of the oldest octagon house in Michigan. Guests will hear fascinating tales of communities that once flourished but are hardly recognizable today.
 lost villages
Space is Limited,
Deadline to register is Tuesday, August 27
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Big Green Tractor Beer FestBeer Fest

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Date: Saturday, September 28
Location: The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm
Cost: $25 per person; $40 per couple

Enjoy a wide sampling of craft beers, food vendors, music, vintage tractors, Big green tractorand lawn games as we raise funds and celebrate the Museum’s 40th Birthday. Funds will be used to rebuild the Equipment Barn in 2020 to house the Museum’s restored 1949 Model A John Deere Tractor and allow several smaller buildings to be open to the public rather than used for storage. This is a delicious way to support the Museum while you’re surrounded by history!


Scarecrows in the Village

Tuesday, October 1
Time: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Cost: $40 Non-profit, $50 Business

Registration Deadline – Friday, September 27, 12 noon

Scarecrows in the Village is an opportunity for your business or organization to participate in the Museum’s annual Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival! All scarecrows will stay on display at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm throughout the month of October.

The Museum provides:            
  • Wooden frame
  • Straw
  • Signage
You provide:           
  • the scarecrow’s head
  • Clothing
  • Man-power
  • Imagination

If unable to attend the workshop, you may build your scarecrow at home and drop it off at the Museum by Wednesday, October 9. Contact the Museum for more details.
Scarecrows in the City
Name of Business/Organization

Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival

Date: Saturday, October 12
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Pumpkin Carving and Fall Activities
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Pumpkin Lighting
Cost: $5 Museum Members $8 Public
         Children under 2 are free

Come and enjoy the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm’s signature event - the Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival. The presenting sponsor is Genisys Pumpkin stone wall festivalCredit Union. Activities during the day include food, pumpkin bowling, Stoney Creek High School Drum line, a Rochester Hills Fire Truck, and more! Guests are invited to carve a pumpkin and place it on the stone walls surrounding the Museum property and return in the evening to see all the pumpkins lighted up! The Museum is hoping to exceed its record of 1,011 pumpkins lighted at one time. In addition, an outdoor exhibit of scarecrows made by local organizations will be on display. The Museum will provide stencils and carving tools but guests are encouraged to bring their own carving tools from home.

Evening lighting of the pumpkins runs from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. and a financial donation in any amount is requested to support the Rochester Area Neighborhood House

Clinton Kalamazoo Canal Hike

Date: Saturday, October 26
Time: 10 - 12 noon
Cost: Donation Appreciated to the Clinton and Kalamazoo Canal Society – Pay at the walk, cash and checks only

The Clinton and Kalamazoo Canal Society has clintonkalamazoo walk.jpgpartnered with the Rochester Hills Museum and several other communities to explore, preserve, and interpret the history of the Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal that attempted to cross Michigan in the 1830s. Only 16 miles were completed from Mt. Clemens to Rochester.

Join several guides as we hike a two-mile stretch of the Canal starting at Riverbends Park, 5700 22 Mile Road, on 22 Mile Road, just west of Shelby Road. Wear sturdy hiking boots and dress for the weather. We will explore the politics, engineering, funding, and failure of Michigan’s first public works project as we became a State in 1837.

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SMART Town Lectures

Date: Wednesday, October 30
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm
Cost: Museum Admission - $5/Adults; $3/Seniors & Students; Museum Members Free

Smart Towns is a lifelong learning program led by educational, non-profit organizations in Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township. The Smart Towns ‘partners’ work together to provide a unique series of programs exploring one theme for the year. The 2019 theme is Enigma of Genius. For a full schedule visit

The Genius of George Washington

George Washington is rightly David Greerremembered as the “indispensable man” of the American founding, famous for both exercising and renouncing authority. As commander of the Continental Army, president of the Constitutional Convention, and precedent-setting first U.S. president, the “father of his country” was admired by both contemporaries and later generations, by foreigners as well as countrymen. And yet he also was and remains difficult to fully know and explain—the very definition of an enigma. What was it about Washington that made him such an effective leader, the most trusted figure in America and a standard by which other world leaders would come to be measured? What, indeed, was his “genius”? Join Rochester University Professor of History Dr. David Greer to revisit one of the greatest Americans who ever lived.

Museum Members Register Here

Michele Dunham
Michele Dunham
Education &
Program Coordinator

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