THE BUS TOUR IS NOW SOLD OUT. We are taking a waiting list. Please call 434-7433.

Enjoy a day-long journey to adventure with us, Saturday, June 10, as the Niagara History Center takes a Spring Bus Tour to East Aurora, NY. We’ll visit three sites and a popular restaurant, all Millard_Fillmore_House_front_viewwith history and hospitality to share. Our tour will be round-trip from the History Center, 215 Niagara St. in Lockport, leaving at 8:45 am and returning at 4:30 pm.

Our first tour stop will be the Millard Fillmore House, built by Fillmore in 1826 and his home for four years before moving to Buffalo. Fillmore would later become our 13th president, and the Millard Fillmore House is now a National Historic Landmark. The small Federal style frame dwelling, where Fillmore began his law and political career, was acquired by the Aurora Historical Society and has been fully restored to its original appearance.

Next we’ll tour the Roycroft Campus, founded in 1895 as the Roycroft Arts and Crafts Community by writer-philosopher Elbert Hubbard. The Roycroft Campus is also a National Historic Landmark. The Roycroft Campus is a well-preserved complex of buildings devoted to “guilds” that evolved as centers of craftsmanship and philosophy during the late 19th century.

Then it’s time for lunch at the Old Orchard Inn. The restaurant is located on 12 acres of land and dates back to 1901, when it was built as a hunting lodge. This structure later became a tea room before it took on new life as a fine restaurant with beautiful scenic views. When you sign up for the bus trip, you will choose a lunch entrée of Chicken Pot Pie, Chicken Fricassee or Manicotti.

Our final stop of the day will be Vidler’s 5 & 10 Variety, an old-fashioned department store/five-and-dime, where we will shop to our hearts’ content. Vidler’s houses over 75,000 items, occupying four buildings on two levels, and offers historic, nostalgic and fun choices you can’t find anywhere else.

Once again, the History Center bus tour is coordinated by volunteer Shirley Frombgen, who has expertly planned and organized our trips for a number of years.

Tickets for the East Aurora bus tour, including lunch, are $65 for History Center members and $70 for non-members. Please make your reservations by calling the History Center at (716) 434-7433.  You will also be asked for your luncheon choice.

Our bus trips are very popular and usually sell out, so make your reservations now for your visit to this historic Western New York community!

The History Center receives grant assistance from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

PHOTO: East Aurora’s historic Millard Fillmore House, built by the future 13th president in 1826, will be our first stop on the History Center’s Spring Bus Trip, Saturday, June 10.


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