Yates County’s post-revolutionary history is rooted in the area we now know as a beautiful natural area in a ravine that connects Keuka and Seneca Lakes.  The mills that were powered by the flowing water of the Keuka Outlet became the basis of industry here. As the mills prospered, other businesses and services were needed. Soon there were homes, inns, stores, schools, and churches, and Yates County grew. 

An event Feb. 28 brings the stories of three people whose lives were tied to the Keuka Outlet and the mills.

Meet Edward Taylor of May's Mills; Mrs. Lucy Fox, widow of William Fox of Fox Mill; and Anna Lawrence of Milo Mill at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 during this year’s version of Hot Chocolate and Cool History, brought to you by the Friends of the Outlet and the Dearly Departed Players of the Yates County History Center.

Volunteer actors James Crevelling, Merrill Race, and Stephanie Olsen bring these Yate County characters to life who tell the amusing and amazing stories of the history of Yates County that are rooted in the area now known for its natural beauty. This is a great way to enjoy the Keuka Outlet Trail without having to brave the winter weather.

Enjoy warm refreshments with hot chocolate and cookies from The Flour Shop while you see the community’s early history unfold before your eyes.

This year’s event will be held at the United Methodist Church fellowship hall in Penn Yan, opposite the Underwood Museum at 107 Chapel St., Penn Yan.

Suggested donation of $10 each benefits both organizations.  Hot chocolate and cookies will be served after the event.