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Point Chautauqua’s Grand Hotel

April 26, 2013
By Norman Carlson - Collections Manager (

The years when the Fenton Mansion was built and when the Fenton family lived here, the late 19th century, were known then and since as the Victorian era, stemming ultimately from the influence of Queen Victoria. The British Empire, of which she was queen, was the largest and most powerful empire that had ever existed. Although the queen had almost no actual legal or political power, her influence, mediated through respect and tradition, was enormous. It radiated down through the British aristocracy and from there to the entire English nation, the British empire, and ultimately the world, very much including the United States of America with its rapidly growing industrial, economic, intellectual, and military attainments.



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