Historical Society Hosts Picnic, Speaker at Mayville Park

A vintage postcard featuring Mayville Park

MAYVILLE, N.Y. – The Chautauqua County Historical Society would like to invite the public to its next upcoming speaker program. Town of Chautauqua and Mayville Historian Devon Taylor will present “The History of Lakeside Park and the Mayville Shoreline” on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 6:00 p.m. in Mayville’s Lakeside Park. In addition to the speaker, a summer picnic will also take place.

Taylor has served as the historian of Mayville and the Town of Chautauqua for several years. In 2003 he published a book detailing the history of the county seat, entitled “Mayville: A View Through Time.” His lecture will deal with the history of the area that is now Mayville Park and shoreline, from its earliest days as the outlet of the Old Portage Road running between Lake Erie and Chautauqua Lake to its current state as a gathering place for thousands of people each summer and winter. In addition, the park serves as the home of the Chautauqua Belle and the Chautauqua Township Historical Society maintains its museum there, in the old Pennsylvania Railroad station.

A vintage postcard of Mayville Park

“Mayville Lakeside Park is one of nearly 30 parks and beaches that delight Chautauqua County’s residents and visitors – and one of the best,” notes Historical Society Presidents James O’Brien. “We invite not only members of the historical society, but any resident from throughout the county who wishes to learn more about one of the true jewels of Chautauqua Lake – Mayville’s Lakeside Park.”

There is no cost to attend the speaker program or the picnic, but everyone who is on hand is encouraged to provide a dish to pass. Reservations are requested by Monday, 22 by calling 326-2977 or emailing mcclurg@fairpoint.net.

About the Society
The Chautauqua County Historical Society was established in 1883 and is the oldest historical society in Chautauqua County. Since 1951, the organization has been based out of the historic McClurg Mansion (built in 1818) in Westfield, N.Y. Annual Membership rates start at just $20. All members are given free access to the museum year-round and a subscription to the quarterly “Time Lines” newsletter.  For more information, call 716-326-2977 or visit McClurgmuseum.org.

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