Perpetual Sunshine

When Jesse Holman combined the Latin words for spring, summer, and fall to name his property Veraestau in 1810, he hoped winter would never touch his home. In a way, it never has.

Veraestau, Aurora, Indiana

A Landmark for Your One-of-a-Kind Event

Set high above the Ohio River in Aurora, Indiana, the landmark home captures a long sweep of Indiana’s architectural history and exemplifies the historic preservation practiced by generations of two families—the Holman/Hamilton clan and the O’Brien/Gibson family.

Holman’s son-in-law Allen Hamilton bought Veraestau and added to it in 1838. His daughter Margaret Vance Hamilton enlarged it again in 1913. After nearly 125 years of ownership, the Holman/Hamilton family sold the estate to industrialist and early preservationist Cornelius O’Brien in 1933 as a country retreat. The O’Briens added their own stamp, expanding the home in 1936 and planting thousands of trees.

His daughter Mary O’Brien Gibson nominated Veraestau to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. In 2004, Indiana Landmarks received the 116-acre property as a gift from the Cornelius and Anna Cook O’Brien Foundation.

Today, Veraestau serves as Indiana Landmarks’ Southeast Field Office. Perched on a bluff above a horseshoe bend in the Ohio River, it makes a beautiful setting for weddings, parties and other happy occasions—an outcome the O’Briens would love.


Beginning August 3, Veraestau will open for tours from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays, until the site closes for winter on December 17. Tours of the site are free for members of Indiana Landmarks, $5 for non-members, or $4 per-person for groups of 25 or more. Look for an announcement in March of tour days and times for 2018.

For more information, contact, 812-926-0983.


Veraestau makes a beautiful venue for weddings, lawn parties, receptions, and small meetings. Call for information about renting the house or grounds for your next event. (Please note: We provide the venue; we do not provide wedding or event planning services.)

For information, contact, 812-926-0983.

Veraestau Historic Site

Indiana Landmarks Southeast Field Office
4696 Veraestau Lane
Aurora, IN 47001-9406
Fax 812-926-3122