Explore Downtown Rochester
A perfect mix of hip and historical
Enjoy the warm welcome from the locals as you taste the fare of area restaurants and experience the parks and trails of Rochester. If you stand still long enough, you will notice many of the landmarks that made Rochester what it is today.
Make time to stop by the popular Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, where you can check out the cultural and agricultural history of the area.
The Rollin Sprague Building is the oldest remaining piece of architecture in town. Built in 1849, it is currently home to The Home Bakery. Stop here for cakes, tortes and desserts.
The Post Office and the Rochester Hills Public Library make up part of the now empty Chapman Mill Pond. Royal Park Hotel stands on the site where the pond once stood so deep. Before 1948, you could have gone fishing in the pond.
The most significant building in Downtown Rochester is the Western Knitting Mill. In the early part of the 20th Century, it was one of the largest employers in the area where the mill workers produced wool gloves, mittens and socks at the factory. In addition to the factory, the campus included two warehouses and dormitories for workers who left the farm for city work. The Western Knitting Mill established St. Andrews Catholic Church and was the largest producer of photo flash bombs in the United States during World War II.
Another popular activity in Downtown Rochester is shopping. Find unique goods at local stores and boutiques, and enjoy the many restaurants and personalized salons that line Main Street and the surrounding area.