County Historical Society Summer Picnic is Wednesday, July 11

Flatboat (foreground) and Keelboat around Pittsburgh during the late 18th/early 19th century. A similar scene may have taken place in the waters of southeastern Chautauqua County during the same time period. (source:

Are you interested in learning more about the Keelboat, Flatboat and Storeboat industries of early Chautauqua County? The Chautauqua County Historical Society’s summer picnic will take place this year in Falconer Park (N. Phetteplace St., Falconer, N.Y.) beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11.

In addition to spending an evening with members and trustees from the historical society, trustee Jason Sample will also be on hand to lead a discussion entitled “Early Water Transportation in Southeastern Chautauqua County.” The focus will be on the keelboats, flatboats and storeboats that roamed Chautauqua Lake and the Conewango, Cassadaga and Chadakoin (then simply known as the outlet) waterways during the first half of the 19th Century.

The event is free and open to the public. Anyone planning to attend is asked to bring a dish to pass if you plan on eating at the picnic. The picnic and lecture will take place rain or shine in Pavilion no. 3. Hope to see you there!

***POST EVENT INFO***  Thank you to all who attended.  For those of you who missed Jason’s lecture, a PDF has been uploaded for viewing at: Early Water Transportation of Southeastern Chautauqua County


The 2012 County Historical Society picnic is at Falconer Park, located on N. Phetteplace St. in the village of Falconer.

Directions from Interstate 86

  • Get off interstate at Falconer Exit (Exit 13)
  • At light, turn right onto Main St. and continue one mile into village (through Work Street Intersection)
  • Take Right onto N. Phetteplace St. (just before Northwest Savings Bank)
  • Follow N. Phetteplace St. into Falconer Park.

Directions from Jamestown

  • Travel east on E. Second St. into Falconer.
  • Continue on W. Main St. and take a left onto N. Phetteplace St. (just after Northwest Savings Bank)
  • Follow N. Phetteplace St. into Falconer Park.
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