“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Rockville in Parke County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Rockville Chautauqua Pavilion

Rockville Chautauqua Pavilion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, November 18, 2007
1. Rockville Chautauqua Pavilion Marker
Inscription. Pavilion was built 1913 by Edgar Jerome (1862–1942) of Rockville. He used wooden bridge building techniques in timber framing which supports entire structure. It was designed to seat 3,000 people under its roof. Repairs made 1976–1978 and 1992. Listed in National Register of Historic Places 1999.

Chautauquas held here 1911–1930, largest crowd estimated at 8,000 in 1915 when former President William H. Taft spoke. Popularized in late nineteenth century at Chautauqua, New York, chautauquas were significant social and educational events, bringing speakers, music, and ideas to towns across the U.S.
Erected 2001 by Indiana Historical Bureau and Parke County Historical Society. (Marker Number 61.2001.1.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
Location. 39° 45.603′ N, 87° 14.111′ W. Marker is in Rockville, Indiana, in Parke County. Marker can be reached from South College Street near West Pennsylvania Street. Click for map. Marker is to the left of the Pavilion which is located in Rockville’s Beechwood Park in the southwest part of town. Marker is in this post office area: Rockville IN 47872, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
Side Two image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, November 18, 2007
2. Side Two
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Parke County Museum (approx. 0.2 miles away); Two Bells molded into One Bell (approx. 0.3 miles away but has been reported missing); World War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Korea (approx. 0.4 miles away); Honor Roll (approx. 0.4 miles away); Viet-Nam Honor Roll (approx. 0.4 miles away); Naming of Rockville (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old 1832 Jail (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Rockville.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
Also see . . .  What was Chautauqua ? - Some Answers !. (Submitted on November 19, 2007, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
Additional keywords. William H. Taft Bridge Construction
Categories. 20th CenturyArts, Letters, MusicBridges & ViaductsCharity & Public WorkCommunicationsEducationEntertainmentNotable EventsNotable Persons
Beechwood Park — Chautauqua Pavillion image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, November 18, 2007
3. Beechwood Park — Chautauqua Pavillion
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 2,157 times since then and 109 times this year. Last updated on , by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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