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The Village of Aurora, located on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake, is a 0.92 square-mile area of charm and wonder. Home to less than 1,000 permanent residents, Aurora is alive with activity, from shoppers and historians to the students at Wells College and the guests savoring the luxurious comforts of the Inns of Aurora, or dining lakeside at the Aurora Inn Dining Room.


The village of Aurora served as the county seat of Cayuga County from 1799-1809 and was a leading market town in the region, until the county government quickly shifted its focus to fast-growing Auburn, New York.

Today, the entire village of Aurora is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Aurora Steam Grist Mill (1976) and Mosher Farmstead of Aurora (2003). The Aurora Steam Grist Mill was a 3 1/2 story rectangular stone structure on the shores of Cayuga Lake that served as one of the first steam-powered flour mills west of the Hudson River. The Mosher Farmstead was purchased by E.W. Mosher in 1887 and remains in the Mosher Family today, still largely intact, including the large U-shaped barn.

Places of Interest

The Inns of Aurora

The Inns of Aurora, offer four distinctive properties, each with its own character, including the famous refined country inn with lakeside farm-to-table dining, a small Italianate with lakeside porches, the vibrantly-decorated Rowland House with lake views, and the designer details of Wallcourt Hall. 

Wells College

Wells College, a co-educational liberal arts and sciences college, was founded in 1868 by Henry Wells of Wells Fargo and the American Express Company. Adjoining the campus of Wells College is Pumpkin Hill Vineyard, which overlooks Paine’s Creek and Moonshine Falls.

Long Point State Park

Long Point State Park sits on the south end of Aurora, which serves as a local destination for swimming, picnicking, and fishing. The park also features an indoor cottage on the shore of Cayuga Lake, including a fully-functioning kitchen and bathroom and a main room with furnishings. The most popular activity the park has to offer is hunting for deer, small game, and waterfowl. Special permits are required to participate in hunting season (October 1 - January 15).

MacKenzie Childs

Producing world-renowned home furnishings on a tranquil Victorian farm overlooking Cayuga Lake in Aurora, New York, the designers and artisans at Mackenzie-Childs create colorful handmade ceramics, enamelware, glassware, furniture, and home accessories. The grounds are open to the public and offer scenic lake views, sprawling gardens, tours of the Second-Empire Farmhouse furnished with MacKenzie-Childs designs, and a retail shop.The picturesque farm is also home to a small herd of Scottish Highland cattle, dozens of birds roosting in the Gothic-Revival-style Chicken Palace, a duck pond, a former Cornell horse barn, a 1930s greenhouse, spectacular and ever-changing gardens, and plenty of hay fields.