Bay View

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Bay View is a jewel box of a Northern Michigan Chautauqua community along the shores of Little Traverse Bay, southwest of the Mackinac Bridge. Founded in 1875 and now a National Historic Landmark, its 31 public buildings and 450 cottages are among the most pristine examples of 1900-era High Victorian architecture in the United States. Historical photographs capture the fascinating journey via rail and Great Lakes steamer to the early campground's beech-forested hillside. Rare images trace its path from a wilderness Methodist campground to a vibrant embodiment of Chautauqua's four pillars: the arts, education, recreation, and religion. Building on the Camp Meeting and Chautauqua traditions, the founders forged a unique lifestyle that ends every November only to resume with renewed energy every April. The turrets, towers, and gingerbread of this timeless Brigadoon excite the imagination today just as they did more than 135 years ago.
ISBN: 9781467111669
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Michigan
Series: Images of America
Images: 241
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Dr. John and Mary Agria have lived as Bay View cottagers for over 40 years. For 10 of those years, John has served as the official Bay View and festival photographer. Novelist Mary Agria's Life in the Garden series was inspired by her summers with the Bay View Memorial Garden crew. Their love of Bay View and insights into its history and lifestyle come through on every page of this pictorial history.
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