Ontario Beach Park – #4

In 1885 there are two big hotels competing on Ontario Beach; Cottage Hotel on the west and Hotel Ontario on the east. The Hotel Ontario had an advantage as the NY Central Railroad line ended at a loop between the hotel and the lake. The ad from a 1885 issue of the Troy Daily Times …

Continue reading ‘Ontario Beach Park – #4’ »

Ontario Beach Park – #3

After the Spencer House burned down in Jan. 1882 there was a large empty spot on the eastern end of the Charlotte beach. A sale would be made to a new owner that you wouldn’t think would want that land; New York Central Railroad. They could see that it would be a destination for people …

Continue reading ‘Ontario Beach Park – #3’ »

Ontario Beach Park – #2

Martin McIntyre would sell his property at the beach that included his hotel called Beach House. Sources say that he sold the land to John Burns and in 1872 or 1873. He would built the Spencer House on that lot. The 1874 Rochester directory (page 587) says that the proprietor of the hotel  was Thomas …

Continue reading ‘Ontario Beach Park – #2’ »

Ontario Beach Park – #1

This is the first in a series about Ontario Beach Park. At one time it had an amusement park but today only the carousel remains from that time. This will primarily be about amusements and other entertainment that have been in the park over its long history. Some of the information has been published previously …

Continue reading ‘Ontario Beach Park – #1’ »