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The History of the Arts and Crafts Movement

Program Number: 12718RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/14/2014 - 9/19/2014; 5/22/2016 - 5/27/2016; 9/18/2016 - 9/23/2016; 10/16/2016 - 10/21/2016;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: East Aurora, New York
Price starting at: $1,145.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Arts, Misc.; History & Culture
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Join us at the historic Arts and Crafts community of Roycroft — founded by the entrepreneur Elbert Hubbard in 1895 — to explore Western New York's turn-of-the-century trail of architecture, art, craft and philosophy. Discover the renaissance of preservation, 21st Century decorative arts and the holistic ideals of an era of new thought. Field trips to the Frank Lloyd Wright Martin Complex and Graycliff Estate offer a look at the architect’s local gems, while an investigation into the works of William Morris and John Ruskin offer a look at the roots of the Arts and Crafts Movement.


• Meet Roycroft Renaissance artisans and observe their crafts during on-site demonstrations.
• Delight in evening receptions at two historic Roycroft homes and experience their ambiance.
• Learn about the life and work of Roycroft’s charismatic founder, Elbert Hubbard.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to 5 city blocks; standing up to 1-1/2 hours. Climbing stairs and standing during visits to historic homes.

Coordinated by Road Scholar.

East Aurora

Notable one-time residents of this rural village in Erie County include former President Millard Fillmore and Elbert Hubbard, founder of the Roycroft Movement that profoundly influenced 20th-century American architecture and design. Visitors to its bustling Main Street can enjoy a variety of local businesses, specialty shops and preserved homes.

Roycroft Inn, a National Historic Landmark featuring Roycroft furnishings in each suite.
Meals and Lodgings
   Roycroft Inn
  East Aurora, NY 5 nights
 Roycroft Inn
Type: Inn
  Description: Historic 28 room Arts & Crafts style Inn that went through an $8 million renovation. 2005 marked the 100th Anniversary of the opening of the Roycroft Inn. Highlight will be the viewing of the new Four Season murals in the entrance that were created to mark this event. Furnishings include both authentic and quality reproductions of Roycroft Furniture and other decorative items. Quaint country Inn surroundings will add to the pleasure to your experience.
  Contact info: 40 South Grove Street
East Aurora, NY 14052 USA
phone: 716-652-5552
  Room amenities: Internet access, phones, cable television
  Facility amenities: The Roycroft Inn, a National Historic Landmark, offers wide porches and various cozy seating areas just perfect for a game of chess, curling up with a good book, or sitting and contemplating life. In addition, a wide variety of recreational activities such as golf, tennis and skiing are available within close proximity to the Inn. A nice continental breakfast is available each morning.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: call for a quote "Road Scholar Rate" available upon request.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: call for a quote "Road Scholar Rate" available upon request.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3-5 PM check-in at the Roycroft Inn Salon (lobby) You will be staying at Roycroft Inn that night.
  End of Program:
5 PM You will be staying at Roycroft Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. You will need a USA passport or a birth certificate and picture ID if you take a side trip to Canada during your free time.
  Parking availability:
Free off-street parking at the Inn
To Start of Program
  Location:  East Aurora, NY
  Nearest city or town:  Buffalo, NY
  Nearest highway: NY State I-90 to Route 400
  Nearest airport:  Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF)
  From End of Program
  Location: East Aurora, NY
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details

Buffalo Airport


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
phone: 800-551-9369


Transportation is usually available through an East Aurora car service. Call Mike Zawisky directly at 716-880-7010 for availability and price.

Driving Directions
  From EAST (Rochester / Syracuse / Albany) Travel West on the NYS Thruway (Rte 90). Take exit 54 to Rte 400. Exit at Rte 20A / East Aurora. Turn right off the exit onto Rte 20A which becomes Main Street. Continue through the Village and turn left onto S. Grove St. The Inn is on the left at 40 S. Grove St.
  From NORTH (Buffalo / Toronto): Take Rte 190 South to the NYS Thruway (Rte 90) West. Take exit 54 to the Rte 400. Exit from Rte 400 at Rte 20A / East Aurora. Turn right off the exit onto Rte 20A, which becomes Main Street. Continue through the Village and turn left onto S. Grove St. The Inn is on the left at 40 S. Grove St.
  From SOUTH (Pittsburgh): Take I-79 N to I-90 East to NYS Thruway. Get off at Exit 54 (Rte 400 / East Aurora). Exit at Rte 20A / East Aurora. Turn right off the exit onto Rte 20A which becomes Main Street. Continue through the Village and turn left onto S. Grove St. The Inn is on the left at 40 S. Grove St.
  From WEST (Erie / Cleveland): Traveling East on the NYS Thruway (Rte 90), get off at Exit 54 (Rte 400 / East Aurora). Exit at Rte 20A / East Aurora. Turn right off the exit onto Rte 20A which becomes Main Street. Continue through the Village and turn left onto S. Grove St. The Inn is on the left at 40 S. Grove St.
Elevation Note: After checking in with the Welcoming Committee, get settled in your room and explore until dinner.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check-in to the hotel and with your East Aurora hosts. Dinner will be in the library of the Roycroft Inn at 6 pm.
(Sunday, September 14)

Note: We will meet each other and go through an overview of the program.

 Afternoon: 3-5 pm - Registration in the lobby of the Roycroft Inn. There you will receive a packet with information about your stay in Western New York.
 Dinner: Dinner at 6 pm at The Roycroft Inn
 Evening: Overview of the program with an opportunity for folks to begin to get to know one another.
Accommodations: Roycroft Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Tours of the Roycroft Inn, the Roycroft Campus and an historic Roycroft home, including a reception.
(Monday, September 15)
 Breakfast: Self serve continental style
 Morning: Learn about the history of the Roycroft Inn with a docent. Lecture - History and Philosophy of the Arts & Crafts Movement - Lecture to be held in one of the historic buildings on the Roycroft Campus
 Lunch: Box lunch
 Afternoon: Continuation of walking tour. Your afternoon ends with a wine and cheese reception in the historic Fournier House, one of the landmark buildings on the Campus.
 Dinner: Catered Dinner from one of the village restaurants.
Accommodations: Roycroft Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Lecture by our Executive Director, Kitty Turgeon and Artisan Demonstrations
(Tuesday, September 16)
 Breakfast: Self serve continental style
 Morning: Alburn Sleeper was one of the first Roycroft Renaissance artisans. His expertise is in metalwork. Al will give a lecture on his craft, explain his tools and show off some of his wares. One of the print artisans will explain the process and show us how to print on the old presses
 Lunch: Lunch in a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Kitty will give a lecture on Arts and Crafts around the World
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
 Evening: Show and Tell - Guests are encouraged to bring an Arts & Crafts item, photo or PowerPoint for discussion and information.
Accommodations: Roycroft Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Visit to East Aurora churches and Hubbard/Roycroft Museum
(Wednesday, September 17)

Note: Easy walk to sites within blocks of the Roycroft Inn

 Breakfast: Self serve breakfast
 Morning: Walking tour to St. Matthias Episcopal Church and Baker Memorial Methodist Church which has all Tiffany windows. Then we'll tour the Hubbard Museum which houses our historical society's collection of books and furniture within a Roycroft designed and built home, circa 1910.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: The afternoon is to do with as you wish. There are many options! Our upper Main St. district features Vidler's 5 and 10 as it's largest store and it is definitely worth a visit. The Millard Fillmore House will be open from 1 - 4 pm. Built in 1826, is the only home remaining that was built by a future President. Buffalo is half an hour away and Niagara Falls is an hour away.
 Dinner: A Reception, Tour and Dinner will be at White Hyacinths, 423 Oakwood Avenue. Completed in 1902, Elbert and his wife Alice lived here after their marriage in 1904.
Accommodations: Roycroft Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Two Wright houses, a usonian house and a cemetery.
(Thursday, September 18)

Note: Shuffle off to Buffalo and the lake shore area to see All Wright all day!

 Breakfast: Self serve breakfast
 Morning: We'll tour the Darwin Martin Complex in Buffalo which includes the Martin House, the Barton House, the gardeners cottage and the carriage house/Wisteria Gift Shop.
 Lunch: Lunch on the bus as we see the Blue Sky Mausoleum, the Richardson Towers, and much more as we proceed to Graycliff.
 Afternoon: Tour of Graycliff, the summer home of the Martin Family, designed by Wright with Isabelle Reidpath Martin as the client. There are beautiful views of the lake and the city from here. Next we will tour a Wright-inspired usonian house in nearby Elma, NY owned by The Roycroft Potter,Janice McDuffie. Her wonderful creations will be on display for sale!
 Dinner: Dinner at the locally iconic Old Orchard, just up the hill from the Village of East Aurora.
Accommodations: Roycroft Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: East Aurora historian Robert Lowell Goller will speak about East Aurora's past and plans for the future.
(Friday, September 19)

Note: Final lecture will take place in the Salon.

 Breakfast: Self serve breakfast
 Morning: Rob Goller will speak about East Aurora, his hometown.
 Lunch: Early Luncheon at the Roycroft Inn
 Afternoon: Guests depart for home at approximately 1pm.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
  East Aurora, NY Buffalo Visitor Bureau
call 1-800-BUFFALO (283-3256) to receive information about events and tourism opportunities in the Buffalo and Niagara Falls Region. For additional information, visit
  Buffalo and Erie County Historic Society
Housed in one of the original building built for the Pan American Exposition of 1901. This museum and library has a wonderful permanent exhibit on Buffalo commerce and history. Special exhibitions throughout then year usually focus on Western New York themes For additional information, visit
  Burchfield Penney Art Center
Art Center dedicated to Western New York Artists. Affiliated with Buffalo State College and located next to the historic Richardson Tower Complex with grounds designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. For additional information, visit
  East Aurora Chamber of Commerce
Offers information for your stay in East Aurora and surrounding areas. For additional information, visit
  Roycroft Inn
The Roycroft Inn who celebrated the 100th Anniversary of it's opening in 2005 is the first building to go through a major restoration on the Roycroft Campus. Plans are underway to revitalize the rest of the Campus through the efforts of the Roycroft Campus Corporation. The next few years will be interesting to watch For additional information, visit
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List

Art & Glory

Author: Freeman Champney

Description: From 1895-1915, Elbert Hubbard was an American celebrity, in an extensive variety of roles. He crusaded for studied simplicity in the American home and as an opinion-molder and popular philosopher, Hubbard had many themes. At various times he called himself an anarchist, a socialist, and a defender of big business. He agitated for feminism and women's rights, for liberal divorce laws and greater marital freedom - to the last of which he lent momentum personally. He preached a health-and-salvation gospel that featured fresh air, honest toil, individualism, and positive thinking. Hubbard's gospel reached his public through several channels. Thousands of people heard him lecture in Orpheum Circuit vaudeville. His monthly magazine - the Philistine- was another torch he held. For fifteen years, Hubbard published monthly "Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great". Still more thousands of people came to visit his headquarters at East Aurora. He was a combination of lord of the manor and father and prophet to his employees; host and innkeeper to the pilgrims, honeymooners, and tourists; and as disturber of the peace and proprieties, giver of work, and unpredictable neighbor for the East Aurora population. Writer Freeman Champney, founder and editor of The Writer's Forum and manager of the Antioch Press for twenty years, captures fully the art and glory, life and times of the bedazzler that was Elbert Hubbard.

Arts & Crafts

Author: Kitty Turgeon and Robert Rust

Description: This coffee table book looks at American Arts and Crafts and is a stunning photographic survey of the style that epitomizes simplicity and quality. "Arts and Crafts" captures the beauty of timelessness of Craftsman houses, furniture, lamps, textiles and more. Whether you are a collector or plan to furnish your home with select reproductions, this exquisitely photographed volume is sure to provide a wealth of inspiration for decorating in the Arts and Crafts style. A number of the photographs were taken at the Roycroft Inn.

As Bees in Honey Drown

Author: Charles Hamilton

Description: Ten years of thorough research checked and rechecked along the way with his close friend and mentor, Elbert Hubbard II (Hubbard's son), has enabled the author to take his readers back to Hubbard's day and see him as he really was behind the blinding aura of fame that hid many sides of him from his contemporary critics and admirers alike. He shows how Elbert Hubbard was strangely invigorated by Alice Moore, a brilliant, comely and adoring school teacher who was the abiding love and lift of his life. At first secretly and then openly buoyed by Alice, Hubbard's career and influence expanded far beyond the field of writing. Skilfully employing Hubbard's own words whenever possible, author Hamilton dramatically, frankly, and with well-documented authenticity, portrays the public and private life of this many-faceted man. Elbert and Alice were good for each other before they rightfully belonged to each other and this caused heartbreak for others and for them but they made amends as best as humans can. Together, these two loved, suffered, achieved and died "as bees in honey drown". The book is generously illustrated with photographs of Hubbard-Roycroft memorabilia.

City of Light

Author: Lauren Belfer

Description: City of Light is the story of one of the largest cities in turn-of-the-century America, host of the Pan-American Exhibition and center of the emerging hydroelectric power industry: Buffalo, New York, the "city of light," a fountain of wealth and sophistication admired the world round. City of Light is also the story of a woman whose safe existence within Buffalo's prosperous ruling class is suddenly threatened by scandal. She has led a rare life for a single woman in her time, as headmistress and hostess for Buffalo's most affluent families. But she has secrets whose revelation would destroy all she has worked for.

Head, Heart & Hands: Elbert Hubbard and the Roycrofters

Author: Maria Via & Eleanor Searle

Description: This is the catalogue that accompanied the exhibition by that name, mounted by the Memorial Art Gallery, and created by Marie Via and Eleanor Searle to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Roycroft in 1995. The show travelled to 7 venues around the US commencing in Rochester, NY at the Memorial Art Gallery. The show was a stunning and unique display of Roycroft's historic wares, each part documented by experts in each category and edited by Via and Searle. The chapter on the Roycroft Copper Shop, titled "Alchemy", was written by shop owner and Foundation for the Study of the Arts and Crafts Movement (FSA/CM) at Roycroft Executive Director Kitty Turgeon along with Robert Rust who were both very involved in living the Roycroft experience. "Alchemy" refers to transformation "so beyond the copper". That nugget will be a part of your experience at our Roycroft Road Scholar program where Kitty Turgeon is head of faculty. This book is available at the Roycroft Shop. It is the definitive "must read" book for the serious arts and crafts student!

The Arts and Crafts Home

Author: Kitty Turgeon and Robert Rust

Description: "Authors Turgeon and Rust, two of the most knowledgeable and respected figures in the field of Arts and Crafts study" says the book cover of this writing duo. In this expanded volume is shared the fruits of years of fascination with the Movement focusing on decoration, but with forays into the history behind the style. This lavishly illustrated coffee table book leads you through the Arts and Crafts home, discussing architectural styles, interior details, furniture, paint and color, textiles, lamps, art pottery, the garden and much more, showing one how to achieve the simplicity and harmony characteristic of the style. This edition covers Arts and Crafts philosophy and traces the International variety of styles comprising a significant period of reform for human rights and social justice that Executive Director Kitty Turgeon (lead faculty of the Road Scholar program) considers the "real" legacy of Elbert and Alice Hubbard's Roycroft.

The Roycroft Campus

Author: Robert Rust & Kitty Turgeon

Description: A picture is worth a thousand words! This rewarding read is short on words but has over a hundred historic images. It is one of the Arcadia series bestselling books. Each chapter written by Foundation for the Study of the arts & Crafts Movement (FSA/CM) a.k.a. "Foundation at Roycroft" Executive Director Kitty Turgeon features 128 photographs that were in the authors' collection. It covers founders Elbert and Alice Hubbard's family, the Roycroft Campus, its products and buildings including the workers and even the 50 year old Roycroft Renaissance. If you read no other book, this one will give you an overview of the history of this place that Hubbard described as "more than a place; it's a state of mind".

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