Our Historic Heritage
Rochester’s West Hill Community

A hike sponsored by the Rochester Historical Society

Saturday, June 6, 2015 10:00-3:00
(Rain date June 7th at 12:30)

Visit the homesteads of 9 West Hill families, including the Smith’s, Jones’, Crossman’s, and Cary’s.

See where the Whitney family, featured in the play “Ransom”, lived.

Take Route 73 West to West Hill Road, and meet at the parking area on the Jones Mountain Road, which is the 3rd road to the right off the West Hill Road.

This is a “moderate” hike lasting about 5 hours. Bring water, a snack or lunch and insect repellant. Good hiking boots are recommended.

For further information, call Bruce Flewelling 767-3263


Display space at the Rochester Libary now Closed

The Rochester Historical Society located at the Rochester Public Library will be unavailable to visitors until further notice – after renovation to the building site which will likely be Summer 2015. Thanks to all for your understanding. We can be contacted through the website and the e-mail address, and hopefully will be able to answer your questions.


The Heart of the Green Mountains


The pastoral beauty and serenity of the surrounding hills and valley remain the same that drew our forefathers to the Rochester area.

“The combination of high altitude, wooded hills, pure water, good drainage, together with an enlightened public spirit which maintains thoroughly hygienic conditions in town and home, renders Rochester one of the healthiest as it is one of the cleanest towns in the United States…

…Ideal climate, no sharp changes, low humidity. Winter climate rivals Swiss resorts with high sunshine percentage and little wind. Something to do all the time.”

– The Vermonter, January, 1910

The Rochester Historical Society is a non-profit organization, the purpose of which is to seek out, collect, preserve, and restore those materials, records, and artifacts which relate to the history of Rochester.

We welcome gifts of items and collections of historic value to Rochester in hopes of fostering a sense of community through knowledge of our past, while connecting people to the land and our community through history, providing a legacy of Rochester’s past and present for future generations.


Your participation is sought, through volunteer work, becoming a member, or just visiting our Museum.

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