Century House Tour Planned For July 15 In Chautauqua Institution

CHAUTAUQUA – The Chautauqua Bird, Tree and Garden Club has announced the Century House Tour will be held from noon-5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15, on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution.

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the club, this year’s walking tour features a dozen special cottages all built more than 100 years ago. They are located in some of Chautauqua’s oldest areas including Miller Park – the site of the first Assembly in 1874, the historic central section near the Main Gate and the southern end of the grounds near the Hall of Philosophy.

The homes represent a range of architectural styles and interior design approaches. Each showcases the creativity of owners who have modified their cottages to suit their needs while preserving the homes’ character and charm.

Refreshments will be offered at Smith Wilkes Hall, home of the BTG. Gardens that received the 2013 Chautauqua in Bloom awards will also be included on the tour map soals that visitors may view them as they stroll through the grounds.

Tickets for admission to the 12 designated tour houses are $30 each and are available by mail order only. A printable ticket order form can be downloaded on the Chautauqua Institution website: www.ciweb.org/btg or by requesting an order form in writing to: Chautauqua Bird, Tree and Garden Club, P.O. Box 721, Chautauqua, NY 14722.

Tour day tickets are good for entrance and exit on the Chautauqua grounds from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Patrons are urged to order early as the number of tickets is limited. All tickets are by advance sale; no tickets will be sold on the day of the tour.