Just a short drive from Downtown Cincinnati is Aurora, Indiana, an historic town along the Ohio River. Aurora was first settled in the early 1800's and incorporated in 1845. Today there are many historical buildings that remain to reflect the early days of Aurora's development.
The historic downtown area of Aurora contains a number of buildings built in the mid to late 1800's. One of the more notable buildings is the stately Italianate Hillforest. Overlooking the Ohio River, Hillforest houses a Victorian museum. Hillforest was the home of industrialist Thomas Gaff and his wife Sarah from 1855 - 1891. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1992. Tours of the home are led by period costumed docents.
Hillforest is open for tours from April 2 - December 29 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Tuesdays through Sundays. Adult admission is $6.00; admission for children ages 6-13 is $3.00, while children under six are free. Hillforest is located at 213 Fifth Street, Aurora, Indiana 47001.