The Rochester Historical Society held a special event on Wednesday June 20 at the East Rochester Church & Museum, built in 1857. A nostalgic narration and slide show presentation, called Three Centuries at Eastover Farm and the Sippican Mill, dated history back from the sixteenth century and on. The silent audience listened intently and applauded loudly at the end.
This step back in time featured the beautiful Rochester farm and the families responsible for its preservation. The event marked the one hundredth anniversary of the Hiller family involvement in the property. The land was handed down through four generations. Robert Hiller III was present with his wife and family.
“I am honored to have had the property for one hundred years in my family and proud to keep it as it is. I am happy it has been put into trust,” said Hiller.
The historic East Rochester Church & Museum building stands out for its character. Priceless antiques and relics are displayed throughout the inside of this cherished museum including a pipe organ, old fashion sewing machine, farming tools and quilts.
“The mission of the historical society is to research, educate and preserve Rochester’s heritage. I grew up in Rochester and loved my simple life which was very different from the way life is today with all the technology. We should try to preserve the history and educate. That is very important,” said Betty Beaulieu, Treasurer and narrator.
“Here we promote the preservation of history. I’ve always liked history ever since I was a young child in school. I loose interest with the twentieth century. I am very proud of the work that we do here at the Rochester Historical Society,” said Sue LaFleur Recording Secretary.
Following the event, people gathered to socialize and refreshments were served in celebration of history and its preservation to be passed on to the next generation.
By Deb Burdock