Historic East Aurora
And it is, too! Many places call themselves historic, but few the size of East Aurora offer as many notable attractions. Our upper Main Street features red-brick pavement as it was almost 100 years ago with street lights that look like gas-lamps. Dorothy may have followed the yellow brick road to Oz… you can follow the red brick road to Vidler’s front entrance!
After shopping at our store, you will find that East Aurora is a very walk-able village, and many of our local restaurants and attractions are an easy stroll from Vidler's.
The village boasts two National Landmarks: the Roycroft Campus and the President Millard Fillmore Home. There are locally-operated museums associated with each.
The Roycroft Campus consists of 14 buildings located on South Grove and Main Streets. It is the location of the Roycroft Shops, an important center of the Arts and Crafts Movement of the turn-of-the-century. Founded by writer-philosopher-businessmen Elbert Hubbard in 1895, the Roycroft Campus gained National Landmark status in 1986.
A few blocks from the Roycroft Campus on Oakwood Avenue is the Elbert Hubbard Museum, featuring an extensive collection of Roycroft arts, crafts and books and many one-of-a-kind items from the Roycroft era.
President Millard Fillmore's home is another East Aurora National Landmark. It is one of the few surviving presidential homes actually constructed by the president. Built in 1825 by Fillmore, the "New York State Colonial" cottage has been restored and furnished as it might have appeared in that era. Another interesting fact is that one of the Vidler store buildings was the site of his original law office.