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historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM28HJ_the-castle_Rochester-MI.html
The Castle emblem represents the City of Rochester located in Kent County, England. On March 17, 1817, James Graham and his sons arrived in this very area while their families settled here later. Many settlers including our founders came here from…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM28H6_the-torch_Rochester-MI.html
Built in 1889 to replace a school that had burned down the year before, the Avon School District No. 5 Schoolhouse sits on the site of the first private school in Avon Township, originally constructed in 1847. Since Rochester's founding, the commu…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM28GT_george-vandeventer-house_Rochester-MI.html
New York native George Vandeventer, who came to Avon Township as a child in 1834, became a successful businessman and civic leader in Rochester. When their home burned in 1875, George and his wife, Julia, built this Italianate-inspired house. The …
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM28FR_township-hall_Rochester-MI.html
Avon Township, the site of the first settlement in Oakland County, was organized in 1835. This white clapboard building was erected in 1880 as the township hall. Its alterations reflect the area's industrial and commercial growth. Initially constr…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM28F2_western-knitting-mills_Rochester-MI.html
Paint Creek and the Clinton River provided power for the first woolen mill on this site in 1844. Constructed in 1896, the Western Knitting Mills building was supported by a yarn mill, dormitories and two warehouses. One of the area's largest emplo…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM28EY_the-hammer_Rochester-MI.html
The community's first water-powered sawmill was erected in 1819, just one year after the first land sale. Rochester's favorable industrial climate fostered many other businesses in the years that followed, including the Western Knitting Mills, bui…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM28ER_city-of-rochester-michigan_Rochester-MI.html
On this site 1817-The first house built in Oakland County 1818-The first settler's child born in Oakland County 1823-The first school started in Rochester
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM28E4_rollin-sprague-building_Rochester-MI.html
The "Old Stone Store" is the oldest commercial building in Rochester. Dr. Rollin Sprague of New York had the structure built in 1849 of coursed cobblestone, using a construction method more commonly used in his home state. The Sprague Building is …
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM28E2_the-oak-leaf_Rochester-MI.html
The Oak leaf symbolizes our broader community, Oakland County, of which Rochester was the first settlement. The tall, strong and enduring trees the county was named after dominate the surrounding landscape and played a critical role in supporting …
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM28D1_warming-house-renovation_Rochester-MI.html
Roy was born in a corner house on Woodward and Pine Street in Rochester to Frank and Martha Rewold. Raised on Ludlow Street, Avon Park became Roy's backyard; swimming in the creek in the summer and skating on the pond in the winter. Beginning i…
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