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Mayville in Chautauqua County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Chautauqua Lake Region

Historic New York

 
 
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By Mike Wintermantel, April 21, 2013
1. Historic New York Marker
Inscription. Chautauqua Lake, eighteen miles long and one to three miles wide, has as its outlet a branch of Connewango Creek, a tributary of the Allegheny River. This gives Chautauqua an indirect connection with the Gulf of Mexico by way of the Ohio, and Mississippi Rivers. French expeditions used Chautauqua Lake and these rivers as a route to Midwest posts in the 18th century. In the next century, lumber rafts, cut from the rich timberlands nearby, were floated down this river system. Indian occupation of the area began approximately 10,000 years ago. Much later, Erie Indians lived here until conquered by the Iroquois in 1656. The Holland Land Company, from its branch office in Mayville, opened the area to settlement after 1800. James Prendergast in 1808 settled Jamestown, which developed into a center for making furniture. After 1860, the cultivation of vineyards became widespread throughout the lake region. A long growing season is favorable for agriculture, and fruit orchards and dairy farms have become extensive. The Chautauqua Institution in 1874 began a program of adult education. Informative lectures, musical presentations, and various forms of entertainment later spread the fame of Chautauqua throughout the United States.
 
Erected 1961 by State of New York - Education Department - Department
Historic New York Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, April 21, 2013
2. Historic New York Marker
of Public Works.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Historic New York marker series.
 
Location. 42° 15.258′ N, 79° 30.276′ W. Marker is in Mayville, New York, in Chautauqua County. Marker is at the intersection of East Chautauqua Street (New York State Route 430) and South Erie Street (New York State Route 394), on the right when traveling east on East Chautauqua Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mayville NY 14757, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Courts (within shouting distance of this marker); Ellen Y. Miller (within shouting distance of this marker); Land Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Scott Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Donald McKenzie (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tourgee Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Settler (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Old Portage Road (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mayville.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 22, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 288 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 22, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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