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The Lawson Center on Chautauqua Lake

Welcome to The Lawson Center

L.S. Aero Marine, the historic boat chandlery and marina at 73 Lakeside Drive, Bemus Point, New York sold boats directly from Christopher Columbus Smith before Chris-Craft Corporation even existed!  The old boat chandlery is now an exciting museum with exhibits and activities for the whole family. 

Next free "Learning at the Lawson" lecture:  Fletcher (Ned) Ward, will present the history of Chautauqua Lake’s Ice industry at Wednesday, June 28 at 6:30 pm.  The presentation is based on Ward’s book, The History of Chautauqua Lake’s Ice Industry 1865-1935, which chronicles the history of the ice industry in the United States and the commercial ice business which flourished here on Chautauqua Lake.   From 6:30 - 7:00, mix and mingle with refreshments graciously provided by Guppy's. Lecture from 7:00 - 8:00.

Our season opened on May 27th.  Hours are Saturdays, 10:00 - 05:00 and Sundays, 1:00 - 5:00.  From July 1 through Labor day, we are also open on Wednesdays from 1:00 - 5:00.  Admission is $5 for adults.  Members, Children under 18 and active military families are always free.  For more information about The Lawson Center, call 716-386-3355 or go to our CONTACT US page on this web site to send us a message.

Loving boats since 1920

73 Lakeside Drive (P.O. Box 10) Bemus Point, NY 14712

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