Hillforest Victorian House Museum Open in Aurora
By Sally McWilliams
Dearborn County Convention, Visitor & Tourism Bureau
Located along a bend in the Ohio River, the small town of Aurora, Indiana is home to the Hillforest Victorian House Museum, which welcomes visitors from April through December each year.
An 1855 Italinate-style mansion that was once home to industrialist Thomas Gaff and his family, Hillforest is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.
Its unique steamboat-style architecture — including its ornate entrance, dramatic third-floor cupola and beautifully decorated rooms — transport visitors back to the mid-19th century, when sternwheelers plied the Ohio River and the thriving river town was a hub of progress and industry.
The museum will host several events and exhibitions in 2013, including “A Century of Brides,” a Victorian wedding display featuring an assortment of timeless bridal gowns from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries.
A special “Toast to the Timeless Bride” three-course tea is scheduled for May 11, 2013.
Finally, Hillforest is an ideal spot for private teas and luncheons (including bridal showers and wedding teas) for groups of 20 or more. From Hillforest, visitors can walk several blocks to Aurora’s downtown, where they’ll find shops, restaurants, historic architecture, and more.
Hillforest Victorian House Museum in located at 213 5th Street in Aurora, in Dearborn County, Indiana along the Ohio River. The museum is open for tours from April 2 to December 29, 1:00-5:00 p.m. The last tour begins at 4:30 p.m. Hillforest is closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is $6 ($3 for ages 7-13). For more information, visit http://www.hillforest.org/, or call 812-926-0087.