This living history museum complex is anchored by the Van Hoosen Farmhouse which dates back to 1840. The museum includes a small home occupied by tenant farmers from the 1850s, an authentic one-room schoolhouse built in 1848, and a permanent exhibit that tells the history of the Rochester community through the 19th century and beyond. There is even a model train and a miniature replica of downtown Rochester within the complex's Dairy Barn, which was built in 1927. The museum also includes a small research library full of historic photographs and documents related to the history of community leaders, residents, and institutions.
In addition to the complex and permanent exhibits about the history of the region, the museum offers special exhibits throughout the year. Exhibits focus on the life of prominent institutions and residents such as Bertha Van Hoosen, who established the American Medical Women’s Association in 1915.