Roycroft Inn

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Roycroft Inn

Crafting a Community

East Aurora features tree-lined avenues, well-kept homes and a five-and-dime store on its Main Street.  But this village 25 minutes southeast of downtown Buffalo is more than quaint; it’s also home to an American arts and crafts community over a century in the making.

Elbert Hubbard was a Buffalo industrial magnate who quit his job to pursue his dream. Hubbard moved to nearby East Aurora and founded the Roycrofters, a community of artisans at the Roycroft Campus rooted in the ideal of hand-crafted excellence.

Even though Hubbard met an untimely end on the sunken Lusitania in 1915, his philosophy continues to thrive today. The Roycroft network of artisans sells their wares at the campus, which is undergoing restoration. Across the street, visitors dine and lodge in hand-crafted elegance at the 110-year-old Roycroft Inn, where early 20th century artisans once stayed. Take a trip to East Aurora to discover the enduring appeal of the American Arts and Crafts Movement.