Other Buildings - What’s New!

In 2006 and 2007, the historical society opened the George Kraus boot and shoe shop, the woodworking shop, a blacksmith shop, and a space for the Wheelwright to make the wheels that would have been needed for the colony wagons.  Additionally, the colony’s original wood lathe has been reconstructed and will be utilized for the demonstration of furniture making.  Demonstrations occur throughout the year (see Events Calendar).

Other museum items that should not be missed are the original grist mill grinding stones, two of the original 1849 church bells, and the wagon that was restored in 1993 by the community of Aurora to reenact the famous story of Willie Keil’s crossing of the Oregon Trail.