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The town of Chautauqua was formed on April 11, 1805, from the town of Batavia, while still part of Genesee County. The first settler arrived the year before, near the current village of Mayville. When Chautauqua County was created on March 11, 1808, the town's territory was increased to include the eastern tier of townships, so that the town and the new county were coextensive. The town is the "mother of towns" in Chautauqua County since all other towns in the county towns were once part of it. The town is still one of the largest in the county.

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Chautauqua, a famous summer resort of Chautauqua co., N.Y., on a lake of the same name, about 10 miles N.W. of Jamestown. Here on the lake are the Chautauqua Assembly Grounds, some 165 acres in extent, and containing 500 or more summer cottages, a museum of archaeology, an amphitheatre with a seating capacity of 5000, several halls for meetings, and numerous other appliances for combining recreation with instruction. Large numbers of students and visitors congregate here in the summer. Chautauqua Lake, about 8 miles from Lake Erie, is 16 or 18 miles long, extending from Mayville southeastward nearly to James. town, which is about 3 miles from the foot of the lake. It is 1291 feet above tide-water, and 726 feet higher than Lake Erie. The width varies from 1 to 23 miles. Its outlet issues from the southeastern end and enters Conewango Creek, passing thence through the Alleghany, Ohio, and Mississippi Rivers into the Atlantic. It is a beautiful sheet of water, bounded on its eastern side ... Read MORE...

2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in and around Chautauqua:
Chautauqua Institution: This is the heart of Chautauqua and a must-visit. It's a historic educational center with a focus on the arts, culture, and intellectual pursuits. You can attend lectures, concerts, and performances by world-renowned artists. The Chautauqua Institution also offers workshops and programs on various subjects.

Chautauqua Lake: The lake itself is a major attraction. You can go swimming, fishing, boating, or simply take a leisurely stroll along the shoreline. Sunsets over Chautauqua Lake are particularly stunning and are not to be missed.

Chautauqua Gorge State Forest: For nature enthusiasts, this is a hidden gem. The gorge offers hiking trails, waterfalls, and opportunities for birdwatching. It's a great place to connect with nature and escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

National Comedy Center: Located in nearby Jamestown, this center is a haven for comedy lovers. It features interactive exhibits, stand-up comedy performances, and a... Read MORE...

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