Aurora

History of Aurora

On the summit of Cheat Mountain, the first settlement in Aurora was made in 1787 by the Reverend John Stough. John Wheeler moved to Aurora in 1800, while other families continued to settle nearby. Originally a German settlement, the town was named Salem and later became Mount Carmel. The current name, Aurora, was suggested because of the town's high altitude. 

Aurora Today: What Makes Us Unique

cathedral state parkCathedral State Park

Located on the summit of Cheat Mountain, Aurora is a prime spot for visitors attracted to its high altitude and crisp, clean air, gentle rolling mountains and deep forests. Designated a National Natural Landmark, Cathedral State Park is West Virginia’s largest old-growth forest and is home to one of the largest stands of virgin hemlock in the state. Hiking through the 133-acre park offers miles of trails, original photography opportunities against endless varieties of flowers and trees.

sheepFarming

Preston County boasts over 1000 small family farms. Farming and timber have been part of the solid foundation of Aurora. Dairy farms, beef cattle, crops, and sheep farms are all located in this area. Local foods are abundant in Aurora and around Preston County. 

The logging companies in the Aurora area and around Preston County responsibly harvest trees for the hardwoods industry and maintain the natural forests in the area.

jacobs ladderJacob’s Ladder

Drawing its name from the area's high altitude, Jacob's Ladder addiction treatment community is nested in the gentle rolling mountains, forest, and pasture of Aurora. The unique setting allows for historical farming and forestry practices to be integral pieces of the healing allowed for here. The Netflix documentary, “The Recovery Boys” was filmed here.

brookside innBrookside Inn

Built near the turn of the nineteenth century as part of a resort complex for those seeking to escape the busy city life of the East Coast, the Brookside Inn maintains the hospitality, spirit and traditions of those times. The cozy retreat is on the National Register of Historic Places.

aurora schoolAurora School

Aurora is proud of its Aurora School, which serves students in prekindergarten through eighth-grade.

 

Aurora

Population

Total Population

212

Population
Growth Rate

0.47%

Median Age

50

Diversity Index

8.200

Housing & Income

Households

92

Total Housing Units

106


Owner Occupied

78

Renter Occupied

14

Vacant

14

Median Home Value

$112,500


Average Home Value

$134,295

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.60%


Per Capita Income

2.31%

Income Projection

Median Household

$52,168 $55,235


Average Household

$66,563 $75,537


Per Capita

$28,518 $31,963

Workforce

Total Businesses

14

Total Employed

72

Workers 16+

50

2021 Retail Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

3

Employed

17

2021 HealthCare/Social Assist

cp-industries

Businesses

1

Employed

16

2021 Construction Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

1

Employed

10

2021 Building Matl/Garden Equip

N

Businesses

1

Employed

9

2021 Other Service excl Pub Admin

cp-industries

Businesses

3

Employed

8

2021 General Merchandise Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

1

Employed

7

Some
High School

3

Graduated
High School

67

Associates
Degree

17

Bachelor's
Degree

15

Graduate
Degree

7

Average Commute Time

0 min.



Resident Commuters

7

Non-Resident Commuters

9

Drive Alone

43

Carpooled

0

Public

0

Work At Home

0


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