Fillmore House Museum - Table of Contents ........... Millard Fillmore - Table of Contents

Exterior - Millard & Abigail Fillmore House Museum
24 Shearer Avenue, East Aurora, NY

Open June thru October, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 pm.
Private and Group Tours available by appointment (716)652-8875 or 652-4985

Status: National Historic Landmark

In 1823 , the Court of Common Pleas admitted Fillmore to the practice of law. He then opened an office in East Aurora.

With the help of friends, Millard built this house for his bride to be, Abigail Powers, in 1825 (they would marry on Feb. 5, 1826) and his law office several months later on the site of the Kadet Building on Main Street.

The timbers in the house are hand-hewed and fastened with wooden pegs. There are wide pine floors; glass in the windows is imperfect.

The Fillmores would live here from 1826-1830

It is the only home in the country actually built by a President. It is the only home left standing that Fillmore lived in (besides the White House).

Originally located on Main Street next to the present movie theater, it was moved to the back of the lot in 1916 when the theater was built.

The house was purchased by Margaret Evans Price (the wife of the mayor, Irving Price of Fisher-Price toys) and moved to present location in 1930. She added a wing in the back (now the library) to use as her studio. She had the house repaired and a new porch added.

The house was purchased from Mrs. Price by the Aurora Historical Society in 1975 and returned to its 1825 appearance.

The house is currently owned and maintained by the Aurora Historical Society, Inc. and managed by a Council of Overseers.

The museum is open June 1 to October 15, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 2-4p.m., and other times by appointment. Call (716) 652-4735.

See also: Highlights of Buffalo History, 1826-1830

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The Federal style home where the Fillmores lived 1826-1830

Carriage stepping stone not original

Glass in front windows is original, with unusual twelve panes over eight

Side window

The massive chimney and fireplace occupy original positions

The East Aurora Garden Club for undertook the research and execution of the grounds and gardens.

The arbor was built by B.O.C.E.S. students.

Captions taken from 1979 research by Virginia Vidler

Special thanks to Aurora History Museum President Diane Meade for her cooperation and assistance

Photos and their arrangement 2004 Chuck LaChiusa
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