Since the late 19th century, chautauquas have been known as vacation getaways that offer more than recreation. Rooted in religious and secular education, they’re places that promise peaceful, clean fun while permitting an opportunity to renew the body, mind and spirit.
We discovered this magic while visiting Lakeside Chautauqua, a gated community on Ohio’s Marblehead Peninsula, an hour and a half west of Cleveland. Lakeside was founded in the 1870s by a group of scholars, preachers and local residents, and by the 1890s a lasting program of educational enrichment had been established.
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Written by Wendy Pramik.
Originally published July 25, 2019.