Enjoy the Fall and Learn Local History with a Trip to Cherry Creek, NY

Historic Cherry Creek Inn to host luncheon and lecture on Sunday, Oct. 16

The Western New York fall foliage season is just about at its peak, providing residents the perfect opportunity to take a pleasant drive through the country and to the eastern edge of Chautauqua County.

A 19th Century image of the Cherry Creek Inn, shortly after being built in the 1860s.

On Sunday, Oct. 16, the Chautauqua County Historical Society will be hosting a fall luncheon at the historic Cherry Creek Inn Bed and Breakfast in Cherry Creek, N.Y. Not only will visitors have an opportunity to view the beautiful splendor of fall as they make the trip to the quaint village, they will also receive an education on history of the town and the surrounding area. Cherry Creek Town Historian Sharon Howe Sweeting – who also serves the owner and operator of the Cherry Creek Inn – will provide and insightful and interesting history of the Inn and its surrounding community.

History and the Romance of Travel
The Cherry Creek Inn has served as a local landmark in the small community since the 1860s when it was first build by George Nelson Frost – a well-known racehorse breeder and one of Cherry Creek’s founding fathers. It has since changed ownership eight times, with Sharon and her late husband Lester purchasing the property in 2005. Since then, the Inn has served as a charming bed and breakfast for travelers looking for a stop off the beaten path.

The Cherry Creek Inn as it appears today.

The Inn serves as a fine example of Italianate style architecture, complete with emphatic eaves supported by corbels, low-pitched roofs, and an Italianate tower. Several noteworthy pieces of furniture and other artifacts can also be found throughout the Inn, including antiques that have been purchased in regional shops and a bookstand that was once used by the family of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.

The Inn’s Carriage House has also been rebuilt into a remarkable space for a quiet afternoon reading in the library or a luncheon or party in the ground floor, which boasts a kitchen, a handicap-accessible half-bath, and plenty of space for any special event.

Luncheon and Historic Lecture
On Sunday, Oct. 16, residents and visitors are invited to stop by the Inn at 2 p.m. for an afternoon luncheon and lecture on the history of the Cherry Creek Inn and its community. During the event, Howe will talk about the Inn and the person who built it, along with the general history of the town since its creation in 1829.

The cost to attend is $15 per person, which will help to cover the cost of the meal. The event will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16. Please reserve by Oct. 10 by emailing mcclurg@fairpoint.net or calling 326-2977. Payments can be made the day of the event.

The historic Cherry Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast is located at 1022 West Rd., Cherry Creek, NY, 14723.

About the Speaker: After earning an AB degree from Syracuse University and a MLS from Catholic University of America, Sharon Howe worked as a librarian at Smithsonian Institution Libraries in Washington D.C. Since returning to her hometown of Cherry Creek, Howe now serves as the town historian and is currently working on archiving records from the local cemeteries in addition to scanning over 50 years’ worth of The Cherry Creek News. Howe is also a member and trustee of the Chautauqua County Historical Society.

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