The period from 1884
to 1926 was the heyday of the trolley lines, the height of steam
travel, and the peak of interest in the "back to nature"
movement. It was a time for spiritual renewal, when society was
encouraged to enjoy family activities in the fresh air. Resorts
served as an escape from summer's oppressive heat and offered a
world of fun, fantasy and fishing - a world far removed from the
toil of the shop, the chores of the farm, or the everyday drudgery
demanded by a labour intensive, pre-electric society.
Rochester's Lake Resorts and
Amusement Parks documents in over 200 photographs the development,
dates, locations and attractions that were a unique part of the
rich history of each resort. Offering a window into yesterday,
this book reveals many unusual facts about the area and features
the fascinating characters who owned and operated the impressive
hotels, boats, trolley lines, and amusement concessions.
In this collection written and compiled
by local historian Donovan A. Shilling, readers will gain a deeper
understanding of the appeal of the resorts, entertainment and
excursions that enticed yesterday's generation to the tinsel
meccas on Lake Ontario's golden shore. His tribute to Rochester's
colourful past will delight residents and visitors for generations