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The Grangers: Vintage "Base Ball"
The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will serve as the home field for another season of vintage baseball featuring the Rochester Grangers Vintage Base Ball Club. A Match will be held at Halbach Field in Rochester on Saturday, May 26 at 1 p.m. as part of the Rochester Area Heritage Festival and other home matches will be played at the Rochester Hills Museum on June 16, July 21, July 28, August 11, August 25 and September 1. Matches begin at 1 p.m. and guests are encouraged to bring their own chair. Admission is free to the matches and the Van Hoosen Dairy Barn and local history exhibits are open during the matches. In addition, every guest can have a complimentary hot dog after each match and run the bases.
Vintage base ball captures the start of base ball fever in the United States during the Civil War. Matches are played according to the rules of the early 1860s, which means no gloves and exceptional gentlemanly behavior. Matches are nine innings, pitchers throw underhanded, and various terminology harkens back to the early days of this national past time. For additional information on the Grangers and to see a full schedule of matches visit www.rochestergrangers.com.
More About Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm
Located in Stoney Creek Village, this 16-acre museum complex was home to the Taylor and VanHoosen families dating back to 1823. It now offers local residents and families a place to learn about the past, enjoy the beauty of the present and prepare for the future. The restored 1927 dairy barn includes exhibits highlighting the settlement, agriculture, industry and cultural evolution of the community. The museum also includes the farm house, red house and Stoney Creek one-room school house. The museum hosts more than 200 field trips a year for students in kindergarden through the third grade.
The museum also offers fun family activities year-round including the Little House on the Creek Day Camp and Week-Long Camp, Member Lecture Series, Stonewall Pumpkin Festival, Historic Home Tour, Santa Visit, Old-Fashioned Christmas, Railroad Club Train exhibit, Salute to Veterans Lecture Series, Textile Exhibit, Wet & Wild Wednesdays and Granger Vintage Baseball Games.
In addition to the museum's offerings, the grounds are part of the Rochester Hills Parks Department and feature walking trails, a river and an enchanted garden. The beautiful, wooded grounds with a gazebo offer the ideal setting for a wedding. The museum hosts over 40 weddings a year.