Latitude: 42.2261

Longitude: -79.4839

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Chautauqua, New York

The images and aerial photographs below present data about Chautauqua, New York. Chautauqua is a town and lake resort community in Chautauqua County, New York, United States. The population was 4,464 at the 2010 census. The town is named after Chautauqua Lake. The traditional meaning remains 'bag tied in the middle'. The suggested meanings of this Seneca word has become numerous: the place where one is lost; the place of easy death; fish taken out; foggy place; high up; two moccasins fastened together; and a bag tied in the middle.

The town of Chautauqua is in the western part of the county on the northwestern end of Chautauqua Lake. It is northwest of Jamestown. Chautauqua is famous as the home of the Chautauqua Institution, the birthplace in 1875 of the Chautauqua Movement of educational and cultural centers.


The town of Chautauqua was formed on April 11, 1805, from the town of Batavia, while still part of Genesee County. The first settler arrived the year before near the current village of Mayville. When Chautauqua County was created on March 11, 1808, the town's territory was increased to include the eastern tier of townships, so that the town and the new county were coextensive. The town is the "mother of towns" in Chautauqua County since all other towns in the county towns were once part of it. The town is still one of the largest in the county.

The Lewis Miller Cottage, Chautauqua Institution was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and as a National Historic Landmark in 1966. The Chautauqua Institution Historic District was listed in 1974.

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According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of, of which, of it is land and of it (0.10%) is water.

Surrounding towns


  • Portland
  • Stockton; Ellery
  • North Harmony; Sherman
  • Westfield


As of the census of 2000, there were 4,666 people, 1,881 households, and 1,269 families residing in the town. The population density was 69.4 people per square mile (26.8/km²). There were 4,174 housing units at an average density of 62.1 per square mile (24.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.25% White, 1.59% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 1.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.05% of the population.

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Mayville, New York (3.11 km)

Mayville is a village in Chautauqua County, New York, United States. The population was 1,709 at the 2010 census, which is down 2.7% from the 2000 census. The Village of Mayville is in the Town of Chautauqua, and is the county seat of Chautauqua County. The Village and Town offices share a building on Main Street, directly across from the Chautauqua County courthouse. History The first settlement in the county was at this location in 1804, and the Village of Mayville was incorporated in 1830.

Chedwel, New York (4.15 km)

Chedwel is a small community in Chautauqua County, New York, USA on the north shore of Chautauqua Lake, about halfway between Bemus Point and Mayville, between State Route 430 and the lake. It is at an elevation of 1335 ft (407 m) above sea level. History The area gained its name as the estate of Dr. Charles Edgar Welch (hence Ch-ed-wel), youngest son of Dr. Thomas Bramwell Welch, who pioneered the development of unfermented grape juice as a drink.

Bemus Point, New York (10.4 km)

Bemus Point is a village in Chautauqua County, New York, United States. The village is within the Town of Ellery and located along the eastern shore of Chautauqua Lake. The population was 364 at the 2010 census. Bemus Point is also home of the floating stage with many performers during the summer. Geography Bemus Point is located at (42.162886, -79.391230). According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of, all of it land. The village is immediately north of the location where Interstate 86 crosses Chautauqua Lake.

Chautauqua Lake (10.67 km)

This article is about the lake in New York. For other uses of "Chautauqua," see Chautauqua (disambiguation). Chautauqua Lake is located entirely within Chautauqua County, New York, USA. The lake is approximately long and wide at its greatest width. The surface area is approximately 13,000 acres (53 km2). The maximum depth is about 78 feet (23 m). The shoreline is about of which all but are privately owned. While the lake has a similar geologic structure (a very long, narrow valley) to the Finger Lakes in the east, it is not considered one of the Finger Lakes.

Stockton, New York (13.84 km)

Stockton is a town in Chautauqua County, New York, United States. The population was 2,248 at the 2010 census. The town is named after Richard Stockton, who signed the Declaration of Independence. History The town was permanently settled around 1810. The Town of Stockton was formed in 1821 from territory taken from the Town of Chautauqua. Predation by wolves was a more severe problem in this town than neighboring communities. In 1850, the town was increased in size by territory from the Town of Ellery, New York.

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