About

Friends of Historic Rochester is a non-profit organization founded in 1987 to promote appreciation and preservation of the historic heritage of the Town of Rochester in Ulster County, New York.

The museum, located in Accord, NY, is a repository for our collection of local history materials including documents, books, oral histories, genealogical materials and much more. It is named in memory of Percy W. Gazlay and Eleanor S. Rosakranse, two of the leading lights in the organization of Friends and the establishment of the museum.

Friends of Historic Rochester (FHR) is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the historic heritage of the Town of Rochester.

The museum and library at 12 Main Street, Accord, NY, is the center of our activities. The hours for genealogical research are Wednesdays from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Stop by and visit us, open to all and admission is free!

Richard Rider is there to assist in the research with access to extensive resources including the Eleanor Rosakranse Genealogical Collection, many family reports compiled from the internet, and ongoing internet access.

The museum is open at other times during spring, summer, and fall for programs, research, genealogical consultations, etc. 

Anyone is welcome as a member of FHR. Basic annual dues are $25 which includes a subscription to our quarterly publication on local history, The Accordian.

Friends of the Historic Town of Rochester is a 501(c)(3) organization.