Chautauqua Institution

With a year 'round resident population of about 400, the Institution's 783 acre grounds swell to 7,500 daily visitors during its nine-week summer program season. Each day is filled with opportunity from lectures exploring politics, economics, international relations, literature, science and religion, to lakeside walks, daily classes, camp activities for youth, popular evening performances, opera, theatre, and ballet. During a casual walk around Chautauqua's tree-lined streets and gingerbread cottages, visitors find a plethora of leisurely activities with shade gardens, meditation nooks, art galleries, nature trails, beaches, musicians, artists, and rehearsals in the Amphitheatre. A book store, library, boutique shops, community center with state-of-the-art tennis courts, 36-hole Golf Club, and sailing school add to the charm. Chautauqua's program season runs from late June to late August.

Additional Notes:

  • Founded in 1874 as a summer camp for Sunday school teachers
  • Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989
  • Visited by nine U.S. presidents
  • 783 total acres (250 within gated grounds, 533 off-grounds including golf course, parking lots and community center)
  • Presents approximately 2,000 events per season with 150,000 summer visitors
  • 77 members comprise the Chautauqua symphony orchestra which was founded in 1929
  • The Amphitheater was built in 1893 and seats 5,000
  • The Athenaeum Hotel, built in 1881 with an annex built in 1924 has 157 rooms