Cheesedom was a term used during the nineteenth century to describe Aurora, Ohio, and surrounding communities. Aurora had been a major center of cheese production in Ohio since at least 1808, when local producers shipped some of their cheese to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. By the late nineteenth century, Aurora residents produced and shipped more cheese than any other community in the entire world.
Among the leading cheese producers in Aurora were brothers Frank and Elisha Hurd. These two men built their first cheese factory, the Silver Creek Cheese Factory, in Aurora in 1862. The Hurds were the children of Hopson Hurd, a local cheese manufacturer who had amassed a fortune worth more than 250,000 dollars at the time of his death in 1869.