Guided Tour of Historic Arts and Crafts Community for Two or Four at Roycroft Campus in East Aurora (Up to 55% Off)

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Tours explore six National Historic Landmark structures erected as early as 1897, once home to American craftsmen & printing presses

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Walking backward while talking is useful for leading a tour, demonstrating a moonwalk, or retreating from a room full of ominously staring toddlers. See the reverse saunter put to good use with this Groupon.

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  • $10 for walking tour for two (a $20 value)
  • $18 for walking tour for four (a $40 value)

An arts-and-crafts community campus designated as a national historic landmark contains 9 of 14 original structures, the first of which was constructed as early as 1897. Guides lead groups to the inn, chapel, print shop, furniture shop, and copper shop, educating visitors on facts and stories about the campus. Walking tours run through the week until the end of October. See here for more information.

Roycroft Campus Corporation

Development of the Roycroft Campus began in 1897 by author, lecturer, and entrepreneur Elbert Hubbbard, who sought to create a utopian society of artisans in reaction to the mass production of the Industrial Age. Drawing on inspiration by leaders of the arts-and-crafts movement in the UK, Hubbard founded the Roycroft Press to produce monthly publications, books, and elaborate conspiracy theories. After gaining international recognition for an essay he wrote in 1899, Hubbard was able to further expand and promote the Roycroft community, erecting 13 additional buildings on the campus over the next decade.

In its prime, the community was home to 23 presses and more imported handmade paper than all American printing institutions combined. More than 500 resident artists worked in wood, stained glass, and copper, and Roycroft became a thriving mecca for craftsmen, authors, artists, and philosophers. In 1986, the campus was designated a national historic landmark. Today it is home to 9 of the original 14 structures, preserved and restored throughout the last 17 years by the Roycroft Campus Corporation and open for exploration during guided walking tours.

Customer Reviews

Had a great tour! Very interesting information about Elbert Hubbard and the connections to the WNY area. I'd like to visit again in the next year to see what is done with the soon-to-be newly acquired buildings.
Meghan · October 7, 2012
Very interesting tour!
Elizabeth L. · September 30, 2012
Great food. Great service. Did the tour and its a must-do if you are visiting!!!
Deborah K. · November 22, 2013

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