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.”
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