When Yates Cider Mill in Rochester Hills, Mich., officially opened for their fall season this week, it meant more than just serving cider and donuts; it marked a significant milestone as they celebrate serving the community for 150 years.
With a history that dates back to 1863, the Yates Grist Mill opened its doors beside the rapidly flowing waters of the “then” Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal. Amidst the beautiful countryside of Rochester, Michigan, the memories began to bloom, and by 1876 the Yates family installed a cider press and, as they say, the rest is history!
“It is an honor to be a part of keeping the Yates legacy going,” states Mike Titus, Owner of Yates Cider Mill. “Visiting Yates has become a tradition for many families and we are excited to celebrate this milestone with our extended family.”
Yates Cider Mill will celebrate their 150th milestone by featuring some new items, while giving a nod to the past, candy apples and commemorative mugs for sipping cider, just to name a few.
“So many great memories have been created by families visiting Yates. Whether it’s experiencing the cider press, biting into a warm donut, or getting your family picture by the historic red barn, Yates continues to be a community tradition,” states Mayor Bryan K. Barnett. “We are excited to join them in celebrating this significant milestone of our community’s oldest business.”
What birthday would be complete without celebrating it with your closest friends? Yates Cider Mill will host a weeklong celebration in September, more details to follow.
Learning more about Rochester Hills
- Best place to buy a computer.
- Best Italian restaurant.
- Best place to change a taillight.
- Best place to buy a mattress.
Books about Rochester and Rochester Hills
- Rochester and Rochester Hills, part of the images of America series.
- Earth Eyes, Rochester Hills, Michigan: Including Rochester Hills’ history, Thelma G. Spencer Park, Leader Dogs for the Blind, Crittenton Hospital and more.
- A Pitch in Time, the story of baseball in Rochester written by Robert Lytle, owner of Lytle Pharmacy in downtown Rochester.