Standing proudly on Main Street in Penn Yan is the anchor building of the Yates County History Center, the Oliver House Museum, one of three buildings comprising the YCHC. The Center, formerly Yates County Genealogical & Historical Society, is one of the oldest in NYS, has been actively collecting, preserving and interpreting history since 1860. Continue reading about us...

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Lake Keuka

Lake Keuka (Crooked Lake) is twenty-two miles long, situated in central New York, between the counties of Yates, Schuyler and Steuben. Its surroundings are justly called the vineyard of America, the present product being ten thousand tons of grapes, and the industry is yet in its infancy. The New Urbana Wine Co. use up annually eight hundred tons; the Pleasant Valley, Hammondsport, Keuka and others, in like proportion.

As a summer resort this beautiful lake has become immensely popular. The purity of its waters, bold scenery, and freedom from insects and malaria, make a combination of attractions rarely met with. Besides the grand Grove Springs Hotel, O-go-ya-go, Idlewild and the Ark, its shores are lined with artistic private cottages with vineyards, cozy havens of rest for their owners and guests. The Lake is accessible via Northern Central Railroad from Elmira or Canandaigua, and Erie Railroad from Bath. The passenger service on the Lake is amply provided by the Crooked Lake, and Keuka Navigation Cos., at the extremely low fare of ten cents.

Bluff Point, 700 feet high, divides the east and west branches, and is boldly prominent. From its summit the view is one of the grandest in the country. At Penn Yan, the Benham House, and Knapp House, and at Hammondsport the Fairchild House provide first-class accommodations to travelers.

Text from the back of the Illustrated Keuka booklet, Published by Landscape View Co., Rochester, N.Y., from sketches by L.U. Dodge. Copyright 1886

 


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Standing proudly on Main Street in Penn Yan is the anchor building of the Yates County History Center, the Oliver House Museum, one of three buildings comprising the YCHC. The Center, formerly Yates County Genealogical & Historical Society, is one of the oldest in NYS, has been actively collecting, preserving and interpreting history since 1860.

Continue reading about us...