Community Gardens

Looking for a community garden in Rochester? The History Center Community Garden is open to the public for a one-time yearly fee!

2023 season dates coming soon!

We will work to lengthen this season as conditions permit.

Each plot is $100 per year.  If you are a current member or choose to become one, your discounted price is $75.00 per plot.

Limited number of raised beds are available.  Contact Curt for your plot location or any questions regarding your plot choice.

Some Advantages:

  • A fence surrounds the garden area to keep out deer
  • Water is available on site with hoses
  • A shed for tools

For general questions about the Community Garden or regarding our HCOC Community Gardens Facebook Page contact Jean Williams.

Please read through the 2023 Community Garden rules and regulations and sign and return the signed acknowledgement along with payment to Darla at the History Center of Olmsted County 1195 West Circle Drive SW, Rochester, MN  55902.


Event and 
Wedding Rental

Make your wedding or event stand out. The History Center offers picturesque gardens and historic buildings for eye-catching backdrops as well as convenient indoor spaces for all types of events, parties, ceremonies and more.

Each location can be set up in a variety of different layouts so that you get the exact ambiance you are looking for. Plus, we have chairs, tables, sound equipment, AV equipment, and a projector available for use. What more could you ask for?

Our pavilion, seating 175, is the perfect location for outdoor events, such as company picnics, reunions, or graduation picnics, just feet away from our historic Dee Cabin and a one-room schoolhouse and in close proximity to the History Center and parking. Our pavilion is a great area to set up food trucks and tents, and you can even throw in a good old-fashioned family baseball game at Schmitt Field!

The Dee Cabin and Hadley Valley School house are also great places for photos and ideas for your rental needs. Small yet beautiful, they can only add to the memory of your special day. Don't forget our beautifully maintained gardens and the Stoppel Farmstead, which can also be used for a delightful get together near the barn. 

Please call for more information or to schedule a walk-through of our beautiful grounds at 507-282-9447 or

Weddings will not be permitted on HCOC grounds until further notice.