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About Aurora

About Historic Aurora, Oregon

historyThe Aurora Colony is Oregon’s First National Historic District. The original settlement was founded as a Utopian Society in the mid-1800s. A group of mostly German people chose to live and work together for the betterment of the community. Aurora is built on the banks of the Pudding River and is one of the early settlements in Western Oregon. It quickly blossomed into a small successful village with a mill, shops, artisans, a grand hotel complete with a band, hops traders, a feed company etc.

For more about the happenings in town:

Aurora Visitors Association Website
Old Aurora Colony — Historical Museum Website

Today Aurora’s has been named one of the Top 5 Antique Shopping Destinations in America by CNBC and the Travel Channel. Many of the original buildings and structures remain in good condition and the town is full of shops, museums and places to relax. Historic Aurora is also the setting for a series of young adult books by Jane Kirkpatrick featuring the heroine Emma as she grows up in the pioneer NW.

Jane Kirkpatrick Books

entertainmentAurora is home to many fun events including:

  • First Friday featuring music food & fun!
  • Emma Walking Tour: A self-guided tour based on the Jane Kirkpatrick books.
  • Great Aurora Ground-Hog Hunt on First Saturday of February
  • Colony Museum Spinning Wheel Show in March
  • Jewelry & Wine Weekend on Mother’s Day
  • Colony Museum Strawberry Social in June
  • Colony Days Festival & Sidewalk Antique Sale
  • Hazelween & Aurora ScareCrow Tour in September & October
  • Colony Museum Quilt Show in October
  • Wine & Chocolate Walk in First Weekend of December


Aurora is a spring board to many things in the North Willamette Valley Area.

For events and happenings in the Aurora Historic District, visit Aurora Visitors Association: Visit Website

The #1 shopping destination in Oregon is just 10 minutes away — Woodburn Outlet Mall — Woodburn Company Stores for Big Name Brands and Outlet Savings: Visit Website

One of the biggest Tulip Farms in the Northwest Wooden Shoe Tulips: Visit Website

The biggest dahlia grower in America and fabulous flower farm is Swan Island Dahlias: Visit Website

Local Hazelnuts and Chocolates in Aurora: Visit Website

Handmade Goods and Art: Visit Website

Want to Tour & Taste other wines? Visit Website

Beautiful Winery and Wedding Venue: St Josef’s Winery Visit Website

Coolest old stuff this side of Boston? Visit Website

Great gluten free baking and local coffee at the White Rabbit Bakery: Visit Website

History of the Utopian Days at the Aurora Colony Museum: Visit Website


Looking for a place to stay:

Feller House Bed and Breakfast: Visit Website

Wilsonville Oregon Chamber of Commerce: Visit Website

Oregon Garden: Visit Website