Aurora Property Sells For 1.4 Million

A local Aurora, Oregon landmark recently sold for well over a million dollars, according to reliable sources.

Big Red Barn at Aurora I-5 Interchange

The 18+ acre property includes an older home, numerous buildings and a big red barn.  The address is 26444 NE Butteville Road, just west of the I-5 Freeway at the Charbonneau exit.

Once known as the Edwards Farm and later the Van Doozer property, records show the new owner is BL & DJ LLC, which appears to share an affiliation with Bob Lanphere auto dealerships. The real estate transaction occurred in late September.

Currently zoned for agricultural use, no word has yet been made public regarding possible future plans for the property.

Local Fun This Saturday!

Here’s information on a fun, local event from the Oregon State Park website:

The Donald Manson barn has played a central role in 151 harvests. Manson built the current barn in 1862, a year after the devastating 1861 Willamette River flood that cost him his original barn, equipment, animals and harvested crops. He rebuilt his barn in the spot where it still stands today in what is now Champoeg State Heritage Area.

Photo courtesy of Oregon State Parks

Farmstead Day showcases life in the 1860s via dozens of volunteers in period clothing re-enacting everyday chores. Your family can join in living history demonstrations, including:

  • Grinding wheat and corn
  • Harvesting the vegetable garden
  • Dutch oven cooking
  • Butter churning & bread making
  • Water pumping and hauling
  • Blacksmithing with a traditional leather bellows and period tools
  • Period woodworking
  • Listening to a fur trapper & hide tanner tell their stories

Just like early farmers after harvest end, celebrate the day with music and dancing in the barn.

The event is free, but day-use parking is $5.

Click here for more information and a map to this upcoming event.

Aurora Colony Days Parade

The Aurora Colony Days Parade will be held this Saturday, August 10th at 11:00 AM.

If you enjoy a terrific ‘small town’ event that’s lots of fun, don’t miss the Aurora Colony Days Parade. This is truly a family-friendly event which begins at the Aurora City Park. Because the parade route runs through much of town, you really can’t miss it.









On Saturday there will also be FREE ADMISSION to the Aurora Colony Museum.

Aurora, Oregon Colony Museum








Click here for a list of Aurora Colony Days festivities!

Aurora’s Historic Keil Cemetery

One of Aurora, Oregon’s best-kept secrets is perhaps its most historic.  That’s because Keil Cemetery is situated off the graveled and little-used Cole Road near Aurora’s west side.

Aurora Oregon
Dr. Wilhelm Keil’s Headstone

Founder Wilhelm Keil is buried here, as are his family members.  Especially noteworthy is the burial site of Dr. Keil’s daughter Aurora and the town’s namesake.  Learn more about fascinating Aurora history here at the Aurora Colony website.

Aurora Oregon

Here’s also a video link about a visit to the Keil Cemetery.