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Welcome to

Greater Rochester

The Greater Rochester Area is comprised of three communities - the cities of Rochester and Rochester Hills (originally known as Avon Township) and Oakland Township. Rochester was originally settled in 1817 as the first settlement in Oakland County. It quickly became a center of commerce connected by a spur roadway to Royal Oak, Michigan, which was situated on the Detroit – Pontiac highway. These roads eventually became what is now Rochester Road and Woodward Avenue. The early settlers of Rochester discovered an area of rich farmland, with forests of oak and other hardwoods. A number of streams, creeks and rivers crisscrossed the landscape and soon the local waterpower was harnessed to power a sawmill, which became the community’s first industry. The building of a school came soon after with a school system organized and funded by 1848. In 1869, the Village of Rochester was incorporated as a separate community apart from Avon Township. In the 1870’s the railroad came to Rochester which enhanced the commercial and industrial activity of the area. Many of the rail tracks were placed along various canal banks and alongside the Clinton River and Paint Creek. These routes connected Rochester to Pontiac, Lake Orion, Port Huron, Bay City and Detroit. Most of these rail lines no longer exist, but their roadbeds have been repurposed into a network of biking and hiking trails that have enhanced the recreational opportunities of the residents and visitors to Greater Rochester. Each community has a distinct personality and lifestyle. Oakland Township has retained a more rural setting, including a working farms that provide local produce to area markets. Rochester Hills is more suburban with housing developments, shopping malls and executive/industrial parks. Rochester is more urban with a downtown of shops and restaurants surrounded by tree-lined residential streets. Together they form Greater Rochester, a community centrally located in the Metro Detroit/Southeast Michigan Area. From here residents and visitors alike can access an amazing array of cultural assets and recreational opportunities or just “chill” enjoying the many local treasures Rochester has to offer.

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2019 Greater Rochester Lifestyle Community Guide  

The Greater Rochester Lifestyle is the premier resource guide for Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township. Lifestyle focusses on inf...

2019 Greater Rochester Lifestyle Community Guide  

The Greater Rochester Lifestyle is the premier resource guide for Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township. Lifestyle focusses on inf...

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