Along the shoreline of Lake Erie exists a town rich with historical and cultural significance.
Nestled among the rocky cliffs of Lake Erie lies Westfield, a town which the Chautauqua County Historical Society calls home. Located in Moore Park, the McClurg Museum, a home built in 1818 by James McClurg, serves as a reminder of the Americans who settled the land.
The home sits in the center of the park, where a number of community events are held throughout the year. The YWCA, a national organization which strives to eliminate racism and empower women, has a branch located in Westfield. The organization annually hosts an Arts and Crafts festival in July that features more than 150 regional artists and crafters in Moore Park. Every Saturday from May through September a farmer's and artisan's market can be found within the park. Movies and live music are also held in the park on Wednesdays throughout the summer. In November, the Westfield Women's Organization hosts an annual Holly Tour of Homes and a Victorian Christmas event is also hosted by The McClurg Museum.
Pictured is the New York Central Railroad, Westfield, N.Y., circa 1940. A westbound train on the left prepares to leave the station. Trolly car #302, on the right, ready to leave for Jamestown by way of Mayville and the East side of Chautauqua Lake.
Reaching toward the heavens, the spire of Westfield's First Presbyterian Church, located within Moore Park, can be seen far and wide. Across the street, The Patterson Library, gifted to the town of Westfield by Hannah Whiting Patterson, opened its doors to the public in 1897 and it continues to operate to this day. The Octagon Art Gallery, which features regional artists can be found within.
Westfield is located amidst part of three major trails: the Lake Erie Wine Country trail, which features more than 23 wineries and 30,000 acres of grapes; the Chautauqua-Lake Erie Art Trail, which features open studio tours at the area's galleries; and the Amish Trail, which features shops and farms with fruit and vegetable picking.
To get to Westfield, travelers utilize New York State Routes 394 and 20, as well as Route 5, an East and West route which is located along Lake Erie and passes through fourteen counties. Both routes treat visitors to interesting discoveries.
Located along Route 20, The the Lincoln-Bedell Statues, bronze statues of Abraham Lincoln and Grace Bedell, a Westfield girl who wrote a letter to Lincoln to suggest that he grow a beard for his presidential campaign, to which he responded to and eventually met with Bedell in Westfield. The Grape Discovery Center, also located on Route 20, is a new place dedicated to supporting and bringing awareness to the grape and wine industries in the Grape Belt Region.
Along Route 5, visitors will come across Barcelona Harbor, a Lake Erie boat launch and location of a historic lighthouse. Also located on Route 5 is the Sugar Shack, a vineyard and syrup business operated by female entrepreneur Gail Black. Lake Erie State Park, which is closer to Brocton than Westfield, offers travelers of Route 5 camping opportunities, picnic areas and hiking trails.
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