Since 1833, guests have gathered here for warm hospitality and good conversation.

Originally named Aurora House, the Aurora Inn was built in 1833 by Colonel E.B. Morgan, a native of Aurora and co-founder of the New York Times. By the mid-19th century, Aurora became a major stop on the Erie Canal for boats carrying agricultural products from area farmers to New York City. Henry Wells, of Wells Fargo stagecoach fame and the founder of American Express, established Wells College there in 1868.

During its colorful past, the Aurora Inn was a favored overnight destination for travelers borne by coach, canal boat and rail. Soon after the inn’s opening, an article appeared in the local newspaper remarking on the inn’s “regularity, neatness and order everywhere exhibited—as well as the thousand little attentions which are paid to the comfort and convenience of travelers.”


Erin Mcelhinney

Restaurant Manager,


ben maywalt

Assistant Restaurant Manager


eric lamphere

Executive Chef


We’re delighted to help your group of up to 25 guests, from birthday dinners to baby shower brunches. Give us a call and let’s start planning!