Chautauqua Institution


On a typical afternoon in Bestor Plaza, one can find Chautauqua’s Community Band entertaining a crowd, children selling lemonade or playing an instrument, newsboys selling the daily newspaper and families gathering for picnics.

Whether you are a year-round resident or a first-time visitor, Chautauqua is a vibrant community that encourages exploration of the natural and built environment and engagement with your neighbors.

The Chautauqua Community page is designed to keep the public informed on community news throughout the year and provide basic information on services, environmental initiatives and volunteer organizations.

Chautauqua Institution

A 300-acre community located in rural western New York adjoining Chautauqua Lake, Chautauqua Institution performs many of the normal municipal functions, including the provision of public water and sewer, a police force, a volunteer fire department, emergency medical services, health clinic and a daily newspaper, as well as the maintenance of roads, gardens and public buildings. Click here for a full list of services available to the public.

Chautauqua Institution contains over 1,000 parcels of private property as well as over 100 public facilities. 

The Chautauqua Women’s Club website

The Chautauqua Women’s Club was organized in 1899 for literary, education and religious purposes and continues to provide a variety of programming, including the Contemporary Issues Forum, Contemporary Issues Dialogues and the Professional Women’s Network.

The state-of-the-art Cohen Recording Studio is located on the lower level of Smith Memorial Library.

Chautauqua Property Owners Association website

The Chautauqua Property Owners Association serves as a communication link between individuals who own residences on the grounds and the administrative officers and trustees of Chautauqua Institution. As such, it has primary responsibility to represent to the Institution the interests and needs of the owners.

The following is a list of community services available at Chautauqua Institution: