Welcome to a beautiful suburb of Cleveland, Ohio called Aurora, Ohio. Aurora is a small community that is trying to keep the small town feeling, but also bring in enough business to keep the townspeople happy. Aurora was once known for the home of SeaWorld of Ohio and an amusement park called Geauga Lake. Both these location have since closed.
Aurora, Ohio was founded in 1799 by Capt. Ebenezer Shelton as he was contracted by a group of land owners of out Connecticut. Capt. Shelton is known not only the founder of Aurora, but the first White man to come into the township for settlement (City of Aurora History, 2008). Many of the settlers that came to Aurora was for the power to run and open mills and other products. Of the many other products Cheese was the biggest product produced in Aurora. At one point Aurora had shipped 4 million pounds of cheese making a record for production of cheese in Aurora (City of Aurora History 2008).
Many of Aurora early settlers were white Americans from the Connecticut area. As with all other unsettled land during the 1800’s the settlers all worked together in building Aurora from the wooded undeveloped area into a manufacturing community. Aurora and the surrounding communities took the natural resource of water and put it to work for them. There were two sawmills built and a grist mill along with typical other typical findings of the time, a tannery, a blacksmith, a general store, a shoe shop, and a woolen factory. With all the industries bumming Auroran’s turned there focus to housing to help support the accommodations of the industries and the future settlers.
The founding of Aurora started with 1 person, by 1807 there were 72 people moving into Aurora. Aurora was not the fastest growing community, but was growing none the less, it took a while but by 1940 there were 580 people calling Aurora home. By 1950 there were 571 people calling Aurora home. Then in census of 1960 there were 4,049 people calling...