FAQs | Aurora Historical Society


How long are your tours?
The docent-led tours of the Millard Fillmore House and the Elbert Hubbard Museum each last about an hour. The tour of the Aurora History Museum is self-guided, but usually takes about a half-hour.

Are your museums handicapped accessible?
Unfortunately, due to the historic nature of the homes, the Millard Fillmore House and the Elbert Hubbard Roycroft Museum are not fully accessible at this time. The Aurora History Museum, located in the Town Historian's Office at 300 Gleed Avenue, is fully accessible. Please park in the back of the Southside Municipal Center; there is a ramp at entrance #5, and follow the signs for Town Historian’s Office.


What's the difference between the Aurora Historical Society and the Town Historian's Office?
The Historical Society is a non-profit organization chartered by the State of New York to operate the museums and "to collect, preserve and interpret the rich heritage of the Town of Aurora, New York." The Aurora Town Historian, who also serves as the East Aurora Village Historian, is an appointed government official who maintains the town archives and research library, promotes the town's heritage and advises on issues related to the history of the community. The Town Historian is also available for presentations on a variety of topics. While the Historical Society and Town Historian's Office are separate entities under the laws of the State of New York, they work closely together to promote the history of the community. Visit http://www.townofaurora.com/departments/historian for more information about the Town Historian's Office.


Can I be granted access to the Aurora Historical Society artifacts?

Access to the artifacts must approved by the Board of Directors.  Please complete the Request for Access to Artifacts form and submit at lease 30 days prior.


I am researching my family history. Can the Aurora Historical Society help me?
The Town Archives are maintained by the Town Historian. Additional information is available at http://www.townofaurora.com/departments/historian.


Are the museums appropriate for children?
Absolutely! In fact, we have a reduced admission rate for teenagers, and children 12 and younger get in for free! We ask that young children be accompanied by an adult at all times!


Do I need to purchase tickets ahead of time?
No. Tickets are available at the door.


Where should I park?
There is plenty of parking available on the street for both the Millard Fillmore Presidential Site and the Elbert Hubbard Roycroft Museum. For the Aurora History Museum, please use the town-designated parking spaces in the rear of the Southside Municipal Center at 300 Gleed Avenue.


Can I get a special tour during the off-season?
Yes, special group tours are available by special arrangement throughout the year. Call 716-652-4735 for more information.


Do I have to live in East Aurora/Aurora to join the Aurora Historical Society?

Absolutely not! Anyone who is interested in supporting the preservation of local history is welcome to join us. For more information, visit our membership page.


May I have my wedding ceremony in the gardens?

Yes. The gardens of the Millard Fillmore Presidential Site and the Elbert Hubbard Roycroft Museum are a perfect setting for wedding ceremonies and other small events. Please CLICK HERE for more rental information and the application form.

View pictures of Previous Weddings.


How do I donate an artifact or other historic item to the Aurora Historical Society?
The Aurora Historical Society accepts artifacts and documents that meet the specific mission of the Society, to preserve and share the history of the Town of Aurora and Village of East Aurora, particularly history related to President Millard Fillmore, Elbert Hubbard and the Roycroft Movement. For more information about making a donation, please call us at (716) 652-4735 or email ahs1951@verizon.net. CLICK HERE for the Aurora Historical Society's complete Collections Policy. CLICK HERE for the policy regarding the donation of books, papers and photographs.