Jamestown, New York 14701
Jamestown has been called home by many well known people over the years but, perhaps the most notable is Lucile Ball from I Love Lucy fame. Lucile Ball was born in Jamestown, technically a small suburb just outside of Jamestown called Celoron. You will find the Lucy Desi Museum in Jamestown with some of the original props from the I Love Lucy show.
Recently, the National Comedy Center was built in Jamestown, NY to honor the many legends of comedy. Every year the City hosts the National Comedy Festival drawing people from all over the world. The festival has been attended and hosted by several comedy greats including Jerry Seinfeld, Sebastian Maniscalco and Lewis Black as well as many others.
The National Comedy Center, made history and opened its door to the public for the first time in August 2018. The Comedy Center is a museum dedicated to the comedy industry documenting the history of Comedy and the comedians, producers, writers, cartoonists, and others that have had a great influence over the industry. In February 26th, 2019 it was designated as the official cultural institution and museum dedicated to comedy, by the Congress of the United States. In June of 2019, People Magazine named the National Comedy Center one of the “100 Reasons to Love America.
Chautauqua Lake ( aka: Lake Chautauqua )is situated in Chautauqua County in Western New York. It is just approximately 17 miles from end-to-end and 2 miles across at its widest point. It is roughly 78 feet deep at its deepest point. There is roughly 38.5 miles of privately held lake waterfront, equaling approximately 41 miles of lake front.
The lake is notable for its fishing and holding fishing competitions each summer. It has often been featured on The Outdoor Channel’s Major League Fishing. Walleyes, Muskellunge, Paddlefish, Crappies, and several types of Bass are just some of the more noteworthy fish. Since the 1990s, the musky has experienced a comeback, and there is nothing more exhilarating than reeling in a huge musky that can be over 5 inches long!
The Paddlefish is a primitive fish that are related to Sturgeon, and was eradicated from Chautauqua Lake by 1900 but, a population of the rare fish has recently started repopulating itself. There are only a few sitings supporting its presence in the lake. The largest Paddlefish in Chautauqua Lake measured 78 inches long and weighed in at a whopping 125 pounds!
The communities around Chautauqua lake include Bemus Point, Maple Springs, Mayville, Chautauqua (Chautauqua Institution), Stow, Ashville, Lakewood, Greenhurst, Fluvanna, Celeron (Lucille Ball Birthplace), and Jamestown.
Nearby attractions include:
Peek n Peak Ski and Golf Resort, Chautauqua Institution, National Comedy Center, Midway Park, Alleghany State Park, Long Point State Park, Southern Tier Brewery, Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, and several other!