“spend tomorrow in yesteryear”
The Roycroft Campus, the Roycroft way of life and its story began in 1897 with Elbert Hubbard a legendary man of vision who founded the American Arts and Crafts Movement in East Aurora NY. For more than 20 years, the Roycroft Campus was a center of entrepreneurship, creativity and learning. It was a hub of activity with over 500 working artisans and craftsmen and drew visitors from faraway places. In 1905 the Roycroft Inn was opened to accommodate visitors and artisans looking to experience this emerging community and style. The Inn became a center of activity for this community. In 1986, The Roycroft Inn, as part of the Roycroft Campus, received National Historic Landmark status. Over a nine year period, with support from the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, The Inn was meticulously underwent an $8 million dollar restoration to return it to its original splendor. It was re-opened for guests in 1995. Today, The Roycroft Inn continues to welcome visitors and be the center of the many community activities. It offers its guests a beautiful destination for an overnight stay, a special dining experience or both. The inn is said to be haunted by Elbert Hubbard who founded the Roycroft campus. People have seen apparitions and heard footsteps and voices over the years.
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