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City of The Week Factoids - Rochester City of the Week

Rochester: City of the Week Factoids

Congratulations to Rochester: WCSX’s CITY OF THE WEEK! Rochester is an amazing town that was one of the first European settlements in Oakland County. According to the town history listed on the Rochester website, Rochester was founded by James G Graham in 1817.

Not to be confused with Rochester Hills, which surrounds Rochester and borders Shelby Township to the east, Rochester became a village in 1869 and a city in 1967. Rochester became a center of industry because of the close access to water from the Clinton River and Paint Creek.

Being one of the first of Oakland County’s settlements also means that Rochester is filled with antiquity and history. Here some of the historic locations:

So Much History in Rochester

The Rollin Sprague Building was built in 1849, The Rochester Opera House (1890), the Royal Park Hotel, and the Western Knitting Mills (1896).

The Western Knitting Mills was used during World War II to help produce incendiary products. The Opera House was refurbished in 1987 and now houses a pharmacy. The Royal Park Hotel, built by Victor Saroki in 2004 has housed several celebrities like Hugh Hefner and Paul McCartney.

City of the Week has honored Rochester in the past.  Our favorite time to visit is during the Christmas season.  We love stopping by Meadowbrook Hall.  It is gorgeous 365 days a year, but during the Christmas season, they pull out all the stops.  Meadowbrook Hall is a national landmark and a home museum.  It was home to The Dodge family before it became a museum.

woman and man in front of a fireplace that is decorated beautifully with ornaments, lights, and boughs.

Rochester: City of the week with WCSX! Doni and Joel are hanging out fireside in the foyer at Meadowbrook Hall

The Meadow Brooke Theatre, located at 376 Meadow Brook Rd, is Michigan’s answer to Broadway! The theatre opened in 1964 and has been delighting Michiganders since.

Rochester has hundreds of stores and restaurants to check out. Stores like Nordstrom Rack, Legends of Time, Catching Fireflies, and Bizzy Buzz Artisan Market.

As of the 201o census, Rochester has over 12,700 residents. The population has risen dramatically since 2000 going up almost 50% in 20 years.

Rochester: City of the Week Factoids



  • The Big Bright Light Parade

    City of the Week, Rochester

    Beautiful Rochester!

    Wait, not enough Christmas? Rochester has you covered! Since 2006 Rochester has run the “Big Bright Light Show”. Downtown puts up 1,000,000 lights during the Christmas season.

  • Rochester Bell Ringing

    Look for Joel at Hollywood Market on Tuesday from noon-2pm and Wednesday 10am-noon (December 12th and 13th).  He’ll be ringing the bell for The Salvation Army!

    City of the Week, Rochester

    “Elf” Joel rings the bell for the Salvation Army in Rochester!


  • New York! New York!

    Rochester was named after Rochester, New York. Similar to Rochester, Minnesota, many of the settlers had come from New York.

    Discover Rochester, NY

    Discover Rochester, NY in the Finger Lakes vacation region. Explore Rochester's wide ranging culinary scene, festivals, shopping, family friendly attractions, comfortable hotels and more. You are sure to find something to love!

  • We're the First!

    There are lots of perks to being the first settlement in Oakland County. Rochester has taken great effort to preserve their history with museums like the Rochester Museum at Van Hoosen Farms.

    Rochester Museum & Science Center

    The mission of the RMSC is to inspire a better future for all through curiosity, exploration, and participation in science, culture, and the natural world.

  • The Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade

    Rochester does not slack when it comes to the Holidays! Rochester has the “Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade” every year since 1951. Boasted as the largest Michigan parade, it is held on the first Sunday of every December.

    Rochester Area Christmas Parade

    The Rochester Area Hometown Christmas Parade is brought to you by the Rochester Regional Chamber Foundation. The parade is held annually on the first Sunday in December. The Rochester Area Hometown Christmas Parade is the largest Christmas parade in Michigan featuring over 100 entries marching down a one and a half mile route.

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