In October of 1913, the new President of Wells College, Kerr Duncan Macmillan, moved into the home. Macmillan’s two young sons made good use of the home as a playground of sorts, and Kerr hosted many college social functions here. Macmillan successfully led the college through particularly difficult times, overseeing Wells through World War I and the Great Depression. Macmillan passed away in 1938, and the Morgan-Zabriskie family later sold the home.
During renovation of the Aurora Inn, this house was used as the headquarters for the Aurora Foundation. Restoration of the home commenced in 2013 under the stewardship of Pleasant T. Rowland, an alumna of Wells College, noted educator, author of early childhood literacy programs, and founder of American Girl. Dotted with fine art and worldly antiques from her personal collection, Rowland House today pays tribute to Pleasant’s vision and philanthropic legacy.