Vintage photos of Lakeside Chautauqua

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(Lakeside Heritage Society)

Before Lakeside was a family vacation destination, it was a religious tent revival.

Lakeside was founded in 1873 during a series of rousing camp meetings organized by the Methodist Church. Attendees stayed in tents, which eventually were built into cottages. And for more comfort, Hotel Lakeside was begun.

A year later, the Chautauqua Institution at Lake Chautauqua, New York, was founded, initially to train Sunday school teachers but soon expanding to become an oasis of spiritual enrichment and education. That blossomed into the Chautauqua Movement, with more than 300 Chautauqua-style resorts established by the early 1900s.

Lakeside embraced the movement and held its first Sunday school training sessions in 1877. In the 1890s, programs were added in religion, education, cultural arts and recreation. The programs remain the four pillars of Lakeside today.

But there’s lots more to the mile-square private community of Lakeside.

Lakeside Chautauqua welcomes all: Things to do in the Ohio private community

There’s a 700-foot dock in Lake Erie, with stand-up paddleboard, kayak and sailboat rentals.

There’s some serious shuffleboard. There’s mini golf and shopping and a $3 million aquatic center. There’s a packed calendar of family activities, from kids crafts to the symphony.See photos from a day around Lakeside below. (And see our Facebook Live videos here.)

Lakeside Now

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Lakeside has 26 shuffleboard courts, where anyone can play. There are also lessons and tournaments. (Laura Johnston, RocktheLake)