Chautauqua in Chautauqua County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Like that of Lewis Miller himself, the history of Miller Park is indelibly inscribed in the annals of Chautauqua Institution. Chautauqua's first program was held in this grove which served as the first amphitheater. Surrounding this park were the earliest Chautauqua homes, usually tents erected on wooden platforms and later developed into frame houses.
The visitor viewing this memorial marker will see by directing attenetion toward the lake the Lewis Miller bell tower which stands upon Fair Point, site of the old steamer dock, the original gateway to the institution.
Close by, in the opposite direction, stands the chalet-type Miller Cottage, the first permanent cottage at Chautauqua. Indicative of Lewis Miller's genius is that the cottage was among the earliest examples of prefabrication. It was precut in his home city of Akron, Ohio, and was assembled here in time for President Ulysses S. Grant's visit in 1875. Originally, the
Thomas Alva Edison married one of Lewis Miller's children, Mina, and was a frequent visitor to the cottage.
Lewis Miller was an inventor, a businessman, and an educator. His talents combined with those of Bishop Vincent to foretell Chautauqua's continuing greatness.
Erected by Chautauqua Institute.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places.
Location. 42° 12.625′ N, 79° 27.864′ W. Marker is in Chautauqua, New York, in Chautauqua County. Marker is at the intersection of Simpson Avenue and Vincent Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Simpson Avenue. Marker is on the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chautauqua NY 14722, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lewis Miller Cottage (within shouting distance of this marker); Palestine Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); This Tower (about 700 feet away); Pier Building (about 700 feet away); Pioneer Home (approx. 1.6 miles away); Mayville Station First Settler (approx. 3 miles away); Tourgee Home (approx. 3˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chautauqua.
Also see . . . Chautauqua Institution - Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 19, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 19, 2018. It was originally submitted on May 19, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 128 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 19, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.