Near Perry in Wyoming County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Auditorium / Amphitheater
The outdoor amphitheater was the center of the Silver Lake Assembly, which was formed from Camp Wesley in 1887 and replaced the Preacher Stand. Built for $2000 in 1888, just four years before Epworth Hall, the amphitheater had an arched roof 32 feet high and covered a space of 80 feet by 120 feet. It could hold an audience of 2000 people, as well as a choir of 500. The Assembly and the Chautauqua-type Institute that followed in 1908 used it to hold large worship services, lectures, concerts, entertainments, and other public gatherings during the summer season. Day visitors flocked there by train, while others rented cottages or rooms in boarding houses or hotels. A disastrous fire, apparently set by two young boys, destroyed the building in 1918. This ended an era at the Institute. Subsequent preaching took place indoors at Epworth Hall which had been designed for lectures and the young people's Epworth League activities. In Loving Memory of Lorraine Kraft by the Kraft Family
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Churches & Religion • Entertainment. A significant historical year for this entry is 1888.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Perry NY 14530, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bishop William Burt (here, next to this marker); Camp Wesley (here, next to this marker); Epworth Hall (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pioneer Cabin (approx. half a mile away); Silver Lake Mills of Perry (approx. 1.4 miles away); Andrus Mill Pond (approx. 1½ miles away); Historic Water Trough (approx. 1.6 miles away); Richmond-Andrus Mill Site (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Perry.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 23, 2021, by Bruce Kelly of Perry, New York. This page has been viewed 53 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 23, 2021, by Bruce Kelly of Perry, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.