Welcome to Chautauqua
The Lake Madison Chautauqua brought education, culture and fun to thousands of people for over 40 years. During the Chautauqua season, one became a part of a community referred to as "Chautauquaville." On July 30, 1891, over 500 people were staying in tents and the hotel was full (Lake Madison Chautauquan, July 30, 1891). There was a supply store for "necessaries," a post office, various "counters" where dealers sold fruit and confections; a meat wagon, milk wagon and kerosene tank wagon daily. Some people even brought their cows and picketed them on the west common.
Today, at the site of the Lake Madison Chautauqua grounds, the buildings have disappeared, and the visitor sees nothing but cottages and homes.
Personal Stories about Chautauqua
- Agnes Berther
- Edythe Lee Billman
- A History of the Lake Madison Chautauqua Association - online book by Ed Marquart