Visitors to our tiny, rural picturesque town will feel that they have taken a step back to the 19th century. Settled in 1856 and known as the Aurora Colony, the community was founded by a group of German Christians as a utopian society led by Dr. Wilhelm Keil. Much of the distinctive colony architecture remains along with a wealth of artifacts which are part of the Old Aurora Colony Museum, located across the street from us. Aurora became Oregon’s First National Historic District because of its unusual history and original buildings. It is a year around attraction for thousands of visitors from all over the world.
Known as the Antiques Capital of Oregon, Aurora has employed the many unique 19th century structures for antiques stores, specialty shops and eateries. Over 22 shops are within a four block walk of each other and an additional number are just three blocks beyond that.
Nestled among the lush acreage of Oregon’s famous nursery stock, farmlands, hazelnut and grass seed fields, Aurora is located on Pacific Highway South (Hwy 99E) and is easily accessible from Interstate 5 with our own exit #278. Travelers will find many types of accommodations such as bed & breakfasts, motel/inns and several recreational vehicle parks nearby.
Aurora’s stores are known for extensive inventories of high quality antiques, collectibles, furniture and unusual finds. For antiques enthusiasts, an excursion to our town becomes a fun-filled day searching out the stores for those unique treasures for which you’ve been hunting.