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Historic Buildings

Historic Buildings

Rockton has long been called The Beautiful Village, not only for its unique downtown, but also for its appealing mixture of homes. Rockton’s long history is preserved in neighborhoods filled with Victorian homes, Greek revival homes and limestone buildings that are among the oldest in the country. The architecture ranges from quaint historic homes to exquisite mansions. Housing prices will meet almost any budget. Talk to one of Rockton’s friendly realtors to find the perfect home for your family.

Location

Location

Historic Rockton is nestled along the beautiful Rock and Pecatonica Rivers in northern Winnebago County, just three miles from the Illinois/Wisconsin border. While residents enjoy the charm of this historic village, access to national chain stores and other large-city amenities is just minutes away. Located at the top of the state, Rockton is just 90 minutes northwest of Chicago, 20 minutes north of Rockford, and 60 minutes southeast of Madison with easy access from Highway 251, Highway 75, Route 2 and Interstate 90.

Historic Buildings

Church

Rockton is home to the largest concentration of Greek revival style buildings in the upper mid-west. Many are constructed of native limestone or bricks from local quarries. The style traveled west at about the time Rockton was being settled and its popularity lasted until the later part of the 19th century. Distinguishing features of the Greek revival style include a classic gable front with a low-pitched roof and balanced placement of windows and door openings. A wide band cornice with a horizontal return at the eave line is a trademark of the style. One outstanding example of this style is the Old Stone Church building built from limestone from the Bligh quarry on the south side of the river. In 1854 William Talcott donated the steeple bell, which is still used to call the congregation to worship. In 1935 the building was selected as an example of architectural merit worthy of preservation by the Historical American Building Survey. The drawings and photographs were recorded and placed in the Library of Congress. Traveling west on Chapel Street, you will find the oldest limestone home in Rockton, built in 1838 by Martin Ormsby, also in the Greek Revival style. Mr. Ormsby constructed one of the first sawmills on the millrace that same year. An early Greek revival frame home on Main Street was the home of Dr. Harley Hooker, Rockton’s first physician and was built circa 1839-40. These buildings as well as those of other styles are designated by numbered plaques and are featured in the Driving Tour of Rockton, published by the historical society and available at the museum and the library.

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