On Friday, December 4th, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., and on Saturday, December 5th, from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., the Aurora Historical Society, with the cooperation of the Inns of Aurora and in connection with Christmas in Aurora, will open Taylor House for special displays featuring recent gifts to the collection.
From the announcement:
Built in 1838 by Henry Morgan (1810-1887), the pillared home across from the Aurora Inn is now known as Taylor House. Henry Morgan, one of the younger brothers of Edwin B. Morgan, married Mary Platt in 1845; their daughter and only surviving child, Kate Morgan, was the great-grandmother of Kate Morgan Wyckoff Holmes (of Sag Harbor and Key West) who has recently donated several Morgan family treasures. A set of Minton china monogrammed for Mary Platt Morgan, purchased about 1864, will be on view in the dining room. This striking paneled room was added to the house in 1871, and was designed by the noted architect Russell Sturgis, who had just completed a house in New York City for Theodore Roosevelt. The set of china, bordered in blue and gold, may offer some clues about the popularity of Minton fireplace tiles still found in many Aurora homes. Other displays will feature dresses, books and pictures from the 1870s belonging to Kate Morgan. Henry Morgan's interests in art and horticulture will also be highlighted; portraits of Henry Morgan and Charles Dickens along with English seascapes will be on display. The subsequent history of the house as Wallcourt School and the College President’s house will also be illustrated, including the portrait of Anna Goldsmith, headmistress, and two scenes by painter Emma Cooper.
Victorian refreshments will be served and the public is cordially invited to attend. Admission is free, though the opportunity to make a donation will be available.