363 Oakwood Avenue
East Aurora, NY 14052
June – October
Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays
Tours begin at 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30 and 3 p.m.
$10 per person
Ages 13-18: $5
12 and Younger: Free
Combination Ticket (also includes the Millard Fillmore Presidential Site): $15
Special tours are available.
Call 716-652-4735 for more information.
In the first decade of the 20th Century, Elbert Hubbard launched a career as a writer, philosopher, orator, publisher, and founder of the Roycroft--one of America's, most successful Arts and Crafts communities. George ScheideMantel came to the Roycroft looking for a job after reading an issue of Elbert Hubbard’s magazine, The Philistine. He started out as a bellhop at the Roycroft Inn and eventually became head of the Roycroft Leather Shop. George met Gladys in 1905 at the Roycroft, where her mother worked as a cook. They married in 1908, two years before they built their house on Oakwood Avenue.
In 1985, Gladys ScheideMantel donated her Craftsman bungalow (located two blocks from the Roycroft Campus and built by members of the Roycroft community) to the Aurora Historical Society. The museum contains one of the rarest collections of Roycroft artifacts: beautifully bound and illuminated books, furniture and copper work, as well as oil paintings by Alex Fournier and leather work by George ScheideMantel.
On the docent-led tour of the Elbert Hubbard Roycroft Museum, you’ll learn more about the eccentric and accomplished life of Elbert Hubbard, as well as the Roycroft Arts & Crafts Movement. The tour lasts about one hour.
SPECIAL EXHIBIT, SUMMER 2015: LUSITANIA
The Aurora Historical Society is exhibiting unique items related to the Lusitania tragedy, including the signed pardon from President Woodrow Wilson that allowed Hubbard to make his fateful voyage aboard the Lusitania. The exhibit is part of the museum tour throughout the 2015 season.