Aurora was founded in 1856 by Dr. William Keil as a Christian commune. The town is named for the doctor's daughter.
Although the original commune disbanded following the doctor's death the town has stood the test of time. While the population has remained relatively small, the town has a thriving arts and antiques community that brings a steady stream of visitors.
One of the small shops even offers tintype portraits with their authentic 1870's era camera.
The town has put a lot of effort into saving and restoring it's historical buildings. The streets and shops abound with charm. The Old Aurora Colony Museum is particularly well preserved and offers an excellent glimpse into the town's fascinating past.