Hunt for antiques
This small town packs a big punch when it comes to antiquing, having been voted several times as a top destination in the United States for antique shopping. The town’s 20 plus antique stores work with nearly 300 dealers to find one-of-a-kind pieces. You may even be able to find a treasure from the colony, which was revered for its beautifully-made furniture, clothing and textiles.
You can spend hours walking through Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage, an ideal place to find home and garden décor and architectural relics. First constructed as a warehouse in 1890, this building sits on the original site of the colony’s horse stable.
Across the street, the 1880s Aurora Depot serves a new purpose. The former railroad depot was moved to its current location in 1990 and has since been repurposed as Aurora Lamp Works, an antique lamp store.
Antique stores may be one of the town’s shining showpieces, but they aren’t the only businesses in the neighborhood. You’ll also find locally-owned boutiques, restaurants and a garden center.