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The Village of Aurora is on the east side of Cayuga Lake. It is the home of Wells College, founded in 1868 by Henry Wells, a founder of the Wells Fargo and American Express Companies, and of the Aurora Inn. Adjoining the campus of Wells College is Pumpkin Hill, which overlooks Paine's Creek gully and Moonshine Falls. The entire Village of Aurora is in the National Register of Historic Places.
In 1779, the Cayuga Indian village of Deawendote, on the site of Aurora, was destroyed during the Revolutionary War. The Cayuga Indian name "Deawendote" meant "Village of Constant Dawn," so named because of the long ridge behind the village to the east, which prolongs the sunrise. Aurora was first settled by white men in 1786. It was the county seat of Cayuga County from 1799 to 1809, when the county government was shifted to fast-growing Auburn. Aurora was the site of the first steam-powered flour mill west of the Hudson River.
Gorgeous lake views, excellent wineries and more–Cayuga Lake offers something for every wine lover.