Surrounded by family in his beloved home, Morgan’s later years were increasingly devoted to supporting local philanthropic causes in the areas of education, culture, and human welfare. He had a deep love for the people of Aurora, and every year on the Fourth of July, the Morgans held a spectacular fireworks display on their lawn for all.
Following E.B. Morgan’s death, the mansion became the home of his daughter, Louise, and her husband Nicholas Lansing Zabriskie. It remained a Morgan-Zabriskie family residence until 1961, when they gave it as a gift to Wells College. Until 1974, it served as a residence hall for students studying French—the only language that was allowed to be spoken inside. The home became known as “French House” and was later used as a college guest house.
The Aurora Foundation, a partnership between Wells College and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation, completed an extensive renovation of the house and reopened it in 2005. Today, E.B. Morgan House welcomes guests as a part of the Inns of Aurora and continues to shine as a jewel in this historic village.