About Jamestown

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The vibrant Jamestown community, located in Chautauqua County, is renowned for its quality of life, safe neighborhoods and extensive public amenities, including 21-mile Chautauqua Lake, Chautauqua Institution, Roger Tory Peterson Institute and the Lucy-Desi Center for Comedy.

Chautauqua County, the western gateway to New York State, occupies the extreme southwest corner of our state. Because of its six beautiful lakes and approximately fifty miles of Lake Erie shoreline, there is no place in the county more than twenty-five miles from open water.

The county takes its name from the largest lake, Chautauqua Lake, which is 17 miles long. The famous Chautauqua Institution, founded in 1874 and located on Chautauqua Lake, hosts educational and cultural programs each summer. Other destinations include the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, a national center for nature education and teacher enhancement and the Lucy-Desi Center for Comedy. Outstanding recreational opportunities exist in the county, from hiking and biking on the county’s public trail systems, to boating and canoeing on the lakes, to skiing and snowmobiling.