East Aurora, New York

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East Aurora, New York
Aurora Town Hall - former Roycroft Chapel - Dec 2008 - 02.jpg
The former townhall of East Aurora's historic Roycroft campus
Erie County New York incorporated and unincorporated areas East Aurora highlighted.svg
Location in Erie County and the state of New York.
Coordinates: 42°46′1″N78°37′2″W / 42.76694°N 78.61722°W / 42.76694; -78.61722 Coordinates: 42°46′1″N78°37′2″W / 42.76694°N 78.61722°W / 42.76694; -78.61722
Country United States
State New York
County Erie
Town Aurora
Area
[1]
  Total2.52 sq mi (6.53 km2)
  Land2.51 sq mi (6.50 km2)
  Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation
919 ft (280 m)
Population
 (2010)
  Total6,236
  Estimate 
(2019) [2]
6,160
  Density2,453.21/sq mi (947.05/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
14052
Area code(s) 716, 585
FIPS code 36-21589
GNIS feature ID0948967
Website www.east-aurora.ny.us

East Aurora is a village in Erie County, New York, United States, southeast of Buffalo. It lies in the eastern half of the town of Aurora. The village population was 6,236 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Buffalo Niagara Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area. In 2015, East Aurora was rated the third-best town to raise a family in New York State by Niche. [3] According to the National Council of Home Safety and Security, it is also among the safest places to live in New York State [4] (ranked 1th, 2018).

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History

The village was founded in 1804, [5] and incorporated in 1874. [6]

Prior to becoming President of the United States, Millard Fillmore lived in East Aurora with his wife Abigail from 1826 to 1830. The house he built there while practicing law in the beginning of his political career is currently maintained by the Aurora Historical Society. The 1825 structure is restored to that period and features some original Fillmore furniture of the era, as well as items from Fillmore's presidential years. The home is currently located at 24 Shearer Avenue in the town of East Aurora.

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Millard Fillmore Presidential Site

The founder of the Roycroft Movement, Elbert Hubbard, also lived there during the turn of the twentieth century. Hubbard and his wife died on board the RMS Lusitania in 1915. One of the town's most famous landmarks, the Roycroft Inn, was converted from the Hubbards' original print shop and opened as an inn in 1905 to accommodate the influx of famous visitors attracted by Hubbard's ideas as well as the books, Mission-style furniture and metalware produced by the 500 Roycroft artisans on the South Grove Street Roycroft campus. [7] The Roycroft Campus was granted National Landmark Status in 1986. The Roycroft Inn was re-opened in June 1995 through the support of the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation. [8] The inn was completely restored and is open to the public for dining and accommodations. The Elbert Hubbard Museum on Oakwood Avenue features an extensive collection of Roycroft books and Arts & Crafts pieces.

East Aurora is also the birthplace of and home to the corporate headquarters for Fisher-Price. [9] From 1987 through 2007 [10] the village and the Toy Town Museum (an independent non-profit organization located on the Fisher-Price campus) held the Toyfest Festival, [11] which included the Toyfest parade featuring giant replicas of classic Fisher-Price toys. The three-day event was usually held at Hamlin Park and included an amusement park, circus-like attractions and a Fisher-Price play area where young children could play with a variety of toys.

The town was the home of the inaugural owner of the NHL franchise Buffalo Sabres, Seymour H. Knox III. The Knox Estates, now known as Knox Farm, is a 633-acre (2.56 km2) New York state park. It is located on the northwest edge of the village.

East Aurora is home to the corporate headquarters of Moog, Inc. Moog is a designer and manufacturer of motion and fluid controls and control systems for applications in aerospace, defense, industrial and medical devices. The company operates under four segments: aircraft controls, space and defense controls, industrial controls, and components.

The Millard Fillmore House, George and Gladys Scheidemantel House, and Roycroft Campus are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. [12] The Adams family were the first settlers to stay a winter in East Aurora in 1804 and the family farm still stands today on Olean Road.

Contemporary issues

East Aurora was one of the first communities to successfully block a Walmart store, in 1995 and again in 1999. The act was led by a community group in an attempt to preserve the small town values, and help support privately owned businesses. Wegmans also attempted to come to East Aurora, but it was blocked by Tops, the only grocery store in East Aurora. [13] [14]

Geography

East Aurora is located at 42°46′1″N78°37′2″W / 42.76694°N 78.61722°W / 42.76694; -78.61722 (42.766809, -78.617121). [15]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2), all land.

Main Street in the village is U.S. Route 20A.

Points of interest

Main Street in East Aurora is lined with a variety of specialty shops, restaurants, churches, municipal buildings and carefully preserved homes. Businesses include the Toy Loft (a local toy store), Vidler's (an old-fashioned five and dime store), Arriba Tortilla (one of the Town's Mexican eateries), Explore & More Children's Museum, and the Aurora Theatre, a 650-seat, big-screen cinema theatre with a classic, old-fashioned neon marquee. On Riley Street sits the Healthy Zone rink which was created by the Aurora Ice Association. They have made gradual improvements to the outdoor facility since its inception, including a roof and a brand new warming lodge that was opened in November 2015. The rinks components such as the boards, glass and refrigeration system were purchased by the Aurora Ice Association and is the same equipment used in the 2008 NHL Winter Classic between the Buffalo Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins. [16]

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1880 1,109
1890 1,58242.7%
1900 2,36649.6%
1910 2,78117.5%
1920 3,70333.2%
1930 4,81530.0%
1940 5,2539.1%
1950 5,96213.5%
1960 6,79113.9%
1970 7,0333.6%
1980 6,803−3.3%
1990 6,647−2.3%
2000 6,6730.4%
2010 6,236−6.5%
2019 (est.)6,160 [2] −1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census [17]

As of the census [18] of 2000, there were 6,674 people, 2,596 households, and 1,728 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,653.8 people per square mile (1,026.5/km2). There were 2,729 housing units at an average density of 1,085.3 per square mile (419.8/km2).

There were 2,596 households, out of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.4% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 25.6% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 18.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.5 males. Since 2012, there has been a boost in families with very young children.

Schools

Children living in the village of East Aurora attend Parkdale Elementary (grades K–4), East Aurora Middle School (grades 5–8), and East Aurora High School (grades 9-12). Immaculate Conception School (grades K-8) is the parochial alternative. Children from the ages of one through four can attend nursery school on the Fisher Price campus. Another option is the East Aurora Montessori School for ages two through five.

In 2008 and 2009 additions and renovations totaling $24 million [19] were made to the district's schools to address space and maintenance issues. [20] Prior to 2009 students attended Parkdale Elementary in grades K–2, and Main Street Elementary for grades 3–8. Elements of the Roycroft style influenced the design of Parkdale Elementary's new entrance. [21]

The district gained approval on January 25, 2011, to begin contracting a roof repair project at the high school that would take place over the summer of 2011. The project did not have any tax impact on the community as it used funds from the district's emergency building repair fund and New York State Building Aid. The work was scheduled to begin on June 27, 2011. [22]

Notable people

Art

East Aurora has been home to a number of regional landscape painters, most notably Carl W. Illig (1910-1987), who grew up and lived in the village for nearly all of his life. He painted landscape scenes along Cazenovia Creek, and fields and hills around East Aurora, in all seasons. His paintings are found in many homes in the village and surrounding towns.

Cultural references

In the Whit Stillman movie Metropolitan , Nick Smith (played by Chris Eigeman) says that he will soon be taking a train to East Aurora, where he will meet his "stepmother of untrammeled malevolence, quite possibly to be murdered."

"A Prince for Christmas" was filmed in the village of East Aurora and premiered on the ION network on November 29, 2015.

"A Christmas in Vermont" was filmed in the village of East Aurora and other locations entirely in western NY. It premiered on the ION network on November 27, 2016.

"Cold Brook" Directed by William Fichtner was filmed in the village of East Aurora and other locations in Western NY. The movie was released October 15, 2018.

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