Farm & Village Programs
The Stauffer-Will Farm (c. 1870) was an integral part of the functioning of the Aurora Colony. It provided flour, milk, cheese, vegetables and apples for the family and the community.
Today, the farmhouse stands secure surrounded by the remaining outbuildings and barn in the shade of a 100 year old maple tree, welcoming visitors and students who come to learn about farm life in the Aurora Colony and to experience another time and way of life, with hands-on practical experience.
Nearby is the Aurora Village, within the museum complex of the Old Aurora Colony Museum. Five buildings, including a log cabin, wash house, 1860s home, and ox barn, give a sense of what life was like in a small pioneer Oregon town.
Resources for Teachers
A curriculum based teacher’s notebook will help you prepare your students for this portion of their Oregon history study. A video—incidentally starring children who are descendants of the Stauffer and Will families—helps get students in the mood for their visit. The notebook will be mailed to you once your class is scheduled for their tour.
Children Enjoy Learning Historic Skills
Spring brings inquisitive children to the Aurora Village and Stauffer-Will Farm. Eyes light up as they learn some of the skills pioneers took for granted. While they make candles, bake bread, use a cross-cut saw and other tools, or design a quilt block, they also discover how pioneer families shared labor and helped each other.
Scheduling Your Classroom’s Farm or Village Tour
Teachers who would like their classes to participate in the Stauffer-Will farm program for 4th grade students should use this link. Because of the popularity of this program, tours of the farm must be scheduled in the fall for the spring program.
Teachers who would like to schedule their students at the Aurora Village should use this link.
Preserving Aurora Colony Heritage
Through the efforts of the Aurora Colony Historical Society, its museum staff and volunteers, the Stauffer and Will families, and many other donors, the Aurora Colony Historical Society has been able to preserve the Stauffer-Will Farm and the Old Aurora Colony Museum and offer this exciting program.