Located five miles south east of Springfield on Illinois Rt. 29, Rochester, Illinois, is a small community of approximately 4000 residents. The community traces its history back to 1817 when James and Jane McCoy of Kentucky first came to live in this area. Early Rochester Township settlers include the Sattley, Twist, McCoy, Breckenridge, Taft and Fairchild families. This community is proud of its rich history. The village was incorporated in 1869 and is celebrating its sesquicentennial anniversary in 2019. In 1835, Samuel Stevens built a stone house for his bride, Lucetta, whose father didn’t want her to live in a log house. Originally located on property east of Rochester, the house was recently dismantled and relocated on the Rochester Historical Preservation Society Historical Park on West Main. The Historical Society was established in 1989 when a log home was discovered inside a house on Walnut Street. The Historical Society is excited to present these oral history interviews, which help preserve Rochester’s rich and colorful heritage for future generations.