Little Journeys to the Homes of Chautauquans
Spend the day at the Chautauqua Institution from 8am to 8pm on a self guided walking tour of 12 exceptional homes. The July 12, 2016 tour will include some historic old cottages, but also many new or newly renovated homes on the north end, including the President's Cottage. The first Chautauqua House Tour was sponsored by the Chautauqua Bird, Tree and Garden Club in 1954 to raise funds for its many gardens and educational programs. BTG has continued to sponsor this popular self-guided walking tour on an every other year basis with next year’s event marking our 32nd. tour.
The Chautauqua Institution is a site of great natural beauty and a place of historical and architectural significance. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it was designated a National Landmark on June 30, 1989. It has been said that Chautauqua reflects a Victorian sensibility, yet it portrays a wide variety of styles and architectural expressions extending beyond the Victorian period. The tree-lined streets beckon visitors to step up onto the porches of the 12 designated homes as the screen doors swing open to portray a sense of summer living at this unique cultural and arts assembly.