If you plan to visit Aurora, do yourself a huge favor and read Jane Kirkpatrick's three Aurora volumes about early founder Emma Geisy. The museum is located in the colony's old Ox Barn and locals have contributed heirlooms to make it a very intimate collection. I was excited to recognize many of the names that appear in Emma's story. Watch the film first, and then ask when you can tour Emma's House next door. I felt like I knew Emma personally when I finished the books, so the museum and her house were a real thrill. There's a great pamphlet, Emma's Walking Tour, that takes you to places that appear in the books, which is absolutely inspired for history/book lovers. The docent was so sweet too! Behind the museum is a log cabin, wagon, laundry, workshed, and Emma's Garden. Take a drive out to the old cemetery afterwards to pay your respects to the incredible Emma.
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