Hot Chocolate & Cool History

Yates County History Center, 107 Chapel St., Penn Yan

Hot Chocolate & Cool History
What: A presentation by the Dearly Departed Players
When: 5:30 p.m.Feb. 28
Where: Yates County History Center, 107 Chapel St., Penn Yan

When you take a walk on the Keuka Outlet Trail, you are taking a stroll through Yates County’s history. The Friends of the Outlet and the Yates History Center are now offering a chance to meet some of the people who settled in Hopeton, Yates County’s lost village, where early settlers relied on the water power of the Keuka Outlet for survival.
Meet Jemima Wilkinson and other early Yates County settlers at a presentation at the Hot Chocolate and Cool History event planned for 5:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Yates County History Center.
The Dearly Departed Players, a group of volunteer actors associated with the Yates County History Center will introduce attendees to their way of life in the community of Hopeton, settled in 1799 by Capt. Charles Williamson. Hopeton, located about a half-mile west of State Route 14 near Dresden, was the first village. in Yates County. People who lived in the community depended on water power from the nearby Keuka Outlet to operate their mills.
Others who lived in the area with Wilkinson, played by Anita Gaston, will also be portrayed. Mrs. Elizabeth Smith will be portrayed by Stephanie Olsen, Mike Leavy will play John Nicholas and Lisa Harper will portray Mrs. Charles Williamson.
Hot chocolate and cookies from the Flour Shop Bakery will be provided and the Jemima Wilkinson exhibit in the Scherer Carriage House will be open after the presentation. Donations to the History Center and Friends of the Outlet will be appreciated.
Seating is limited to 40. To reserve a seat, email or contact the History Center at 315-536-7318.
To learn more about the Keuka Outlet Trail, which passes through the former site of Hopeton, visit

February 28 2018

5:30 PM - 5:30 PM