Red Hatters help launch Aurora Bed & Breakfast

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Ladies of the Red Hat Society always eat their desserts first. Melt-in-your-mouth slices of Key Lime Pie went fast! From left, clockwise are Peggy, Kay, Nellie, and Connie.

Nancy Hooker, proprietor of Aurora Bed & Breakfast, grew up in this small town, which has tons of Southern charm – including an active chapter of the Red Hat Society.

Nancy’s mother, Lillian, is Queen Mother of the vivacious group. They all got together about noon this past Tuesday for a rousing kickoff of Aurora’s newest accommodations – three bedrooms, each exquisitely appointed! In the offing are some mighty fine future breakfasts — based upon a delicious luncheon served up for the Red Hatters by Nancy and a busy assistant.

World War II veteran, long-time business owner, and sharp-as-a-tack historian Billy Thompson showed up to regale the ladies with a brief history of the town. Thompson recalled a time when all of the locally grown potatoes were transported to market in barrels – to the extent that the town had a barrel factory “with a sawdust pile as big as a mountain.”


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Nancy Hooker, far left, welcomes Mr. Thompson who is surrounded by the rambunctious “Sassy Red Hat Fossils!”

After the war, Thompson ran projectors at the town’s movie theater, and painted a picture of a vibrant community that sported a DeSoto car dealership and numerous stores.

“Back then, unlike today,” said Thompson, “you didn’t have to worry about where to get gas or buy groceries like we do now!”

Aurora Bed & Breakfast is a perfect venue for all types of events, including weddings, reunions, and other special occasions. Nancy also expects to host guests who come from all over the world to visit the famous Aurora Fossil Museum. For more information, call her at (252) 943-4563.

The hard-working proprietor has transformed her house into a beautiful bed and breakfast, nestled in a quiet, serene setting with an immaculate yard and wonderful amenities.