I was recently asked about how Aurora was named. I reached out to John Kudley at The Aurora Historical Society and this is what I found out-
According to many, in the Fall of 1800 the Sheldon’s were visited by Amos Spafford who was a member of Moses Cleaveland’s company that was surveying and mapping the Western Reserve. Spafford asked Ebenezer the name of the new town. Sheldon simply stated that it was township No. 5, Range No. 9.
Since the township did not have a name, Amos asked if it could be named after his daughter “Aurora.”
There is some evidence that suggest the township was already being called Aurora. What also adds to the confusion of Aurora’s naming is the fact that upon further research Spafford did not have a young daughter by the name of “Aurora,” but in fact it was the name of his young son. However, Aurora was used as a boy’s name.
It was probably and most likely named by Sheldon and the other investors from Suffield, Connecticut, maybe even prior to settling.
So our still growing city was named after a child of one the first settlers. Or was it? However the name came to be, I am still so proud to be a part of such a wonderful community. We have music, restaurants, a winery, a Farmers Market, shopping of all kinds and beautiful parks!
The 2018 Drive it Yourself Tour was on July 21st and it brought over 90 people to Aurora to visit 28 local businesses. If you haven't participated in this event in the past, please plan on checking it out next year. It is a very fun and informative day!
Just because summer is coming to a close doesn't mean that you still can't get out and enjoy all that Aurora has to offer.
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Let's make things happen!!