beautiful little town located in about the geographic center of
Chautauqua County, which is in the southwest corner of New York State.
The extended lakefront of approximately 12 miles borders the eastern
shore of Chautauqua Lake. The lake frontage was developed early as a
tourist and recreational attraction and continues to this day. The
rural areas of the town are hilly and many boast a view of the lake. At
one time, the town was home to many thriving farms; but as times have
changed so too have the uses for the land and there is now development
of homes in the rural areas as well as along the much sought after lake
front and adjacent property.
Ellery was divided from the "mother town" Chautauqua on February 29,
1821. The first settlement was in the spring of 1806 when William Bemus
set up housekeeping at what was and still is known as the Village of
Bemus Point. This charming village is a hub of activity and is known by
many far and wide as the place to "meet and greet". Other populated
hamlets in the town include Maple Springs and Greenhurst.
For more detailed information, please contact the Bemus Point Historical
Society at (716) 386-2274 or Town Historian, Cherri Clark at (716)