Introduction to Rochester, Indiana
Rochester is located on the banks of Lake Manitou. It is named after Rochester, New York. Fulton County was created in 1836 and named after Robert Fulton, the inventor of the steamboat. Local Native Americans believed that a monster lived in Lake Manitou, and the area was uninhabited until the 18th century. Early settlers named it Devil's Lake.
Rochester and nearby Attractions
- Round Barn Museum
- Bessinger's Hillfarm Wildlife Refuge
- Prill School Museum
- Marshall Co. Historical Museum
- Potato Creek State Park
Things To Do In Rochester
The Tokens 'n' Tickets Amusement Park and the Bass Lake State Beach are popular local recreational spots. Bessinger's Hillfarm Wildlife Refuge and Potato Creek State Park offer opportunities for boating, fishing, hiking and camping. Local parks include the Round Barn Museum and the Prill School Museum. The Dykeman Park Golf Course is the local golf course. The Redbud Trail Rendezvous, the Round Barn Festival, and the Trail of Courage Living History Festival are some popular local festivals.
Flights are available from South Bend Regional Airport.
Rochester Higher Education
Nearby colleges and universities include the University of Notre Dame, Indiana University-South Bend, Indiana Wesleyan University and Valparaiso University.