When one enters the village of Aurora, NY from the north, you get the feeling that you are in some kind of time warp. And indeed that’s just what happened to you as there is a marker in back of the Post Office which points to the first steam powered flouring mill built west of the Hudson River in 1817. Suddenly you are taken back 200 years and except for the modern automobiles parked along the street, the scene that greets your eyes is very convincing.
Aurora’s history dates back to post American Revolution Days when it was part of the Central New York’s Military Tract and was settled by soldiers and families from Pennsylvania and New England in 1789. In 1976 the entire village was placed on the National Register of Historic Places (click here).
But we didn’t come here to study the history of the village. Rather we came to have lunch at the Fargo Bar and Grill which sits right across from the Aurora Inn. The Fargo offers friendly service set in a beautiful timeless historic setting. And they offer a very nice lunch menu along with all of the different beverages that today’s travelers have come to expect. The Fargo is split into two rooms – a sports bar on the right and then a more historical dining area on the left. No TV’s in that room, just a lovely fireplace and historic pictures on the wall. In the summer they offer service outback in a courtyard.
Spring is still a month away but for those of us who live in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State, a beautiful winter day with sunshine and temperatures in the fifties is just too precious a day to stay inside. The rays of the sun bounced sparkles of light off Cayuga Lake, creating the anticipation of even warmer days when folks will be again boating on the Lake.
The back of the Aurora Inn which faces Cayuga Lake is now deserted and void of people. But soon the Inn will be filled with people who will be having their lunches and dinners outside in view of the Lake or perhaps attending a wedding being held in the garden or just taking a stroll along the Lake.