Westfield

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Arcadia Publishing, 2006 - History - 128 pages
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The town of Westfield was the genesis of Chautauqua County: it boasts the county's first permanent settlement (1802), first post office, first school, and first church. Formerly known as the Crossroads, the town lies on the
southern shore of Lake Erie and includes the village of Westfield and Barcelona Harbor. Westfield offers some 200 images from historical repositories and private collections, providing insight into daily life and special moments over a 175-year period beginning with Native American and French explorations. It features pioneer portraits, prominent national figures, Chautauqua Gorge, a bustling fishing industry, the Grape Belt, and Main Street itself. All are essential to Westfield, a treasured tribute to one of the
loveliest communities in western New York State.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgments
6
Introduction
7
Old Portage Road
9
Early Settlement
17
Barcelona
31
4 National Connections
47
The Grape Belt
59
Transportation and Recreation
75
The Village
89
Historic Treasures
115
Partial Bibliography
128
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About the author (2006)

Kathleen Crocker, manager of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle at the Chautauqua Institution, and Jane Currie, professional photographer and businesswoman, have collaborated for their fourth Arcadia publication, Westfield. Enamored with their own heritage, they previously chronicled the area's history in Chautauqua Institution, 1874-1974, Chautauqua Lake Region, and Jamestown.

Passionate about their ancestral roots in Chautauqua County, Kathleen Crocker, manager of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle at the Chautauqua Institution, and Jane Currie, photojournalist and shopkeeper, also coauthored Chautauqua Institution, 1874-1974. For Chautauqua Lake Region, they gathered primarily from private collections nearly two hundred images, many of them never before published, and combined them with local lore and eyewitness accounts gleaned from personal interviews. The result is a thought-provoking and historically accurate visual retrospective that stands as a high tribute to the unique heritage and unforgettable charm of the region.

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