Time Square

Time Square is the name given to a row of shops that are east of the Swiss Chalet on the north side of The Strip. The properties are owned by Donald Woodward and leased to shop owners.

The restaurant was built in 1928 to meet a change in visitor eating habits brought about by the automobile. Prior to the 1920, most visitors arrived by train in Geneva, then came to the resort over a bump road in horse-drawn wagons and carriages. They stayed at hotels, inns and boarding houses were meals were served on the American Plan, included in the price of the lodging.

The automobile meant that visitors no longer had to be confined to a one-week or longer stay. They could drive to the resort and stay one or two nights in a cottage or tent. But they needed restaurants that could meet this more flexible schedule. Thus was Time Square started by the Pera family. It made food accessible any time of day and in an open-air setting (restaurants were not air conditioned back then and could very miserable in the summer). Guests could grab their food and eat while exploring The Strip or take their lunch to the beach with them (beaches were all along the north side of The Strip).

Beacon 1970s

Times Square in the 1980s, shortly after renovation. Ashtabula Star Beacon archives photo.



A family enjoys an outing at Times Square in the 1990s.




Our guests remember:

Pirl Beach

I spent the summer of 1942 in Pirl Beach (at age 16) and worked part time for the manager pulling weeds and such. Also swam every day. My Pittsburgh relatives had reserved a cottage there for many years. My aunt and cousins stayed. My uncle commuted weekly in his Buick. The Pirl Beach manager used a Model T Ford truck for his chores.

Ken Ford

Memories of Ford's

Most of my summer childhood memories are at Ford’s! My parents met there right at the picnic table. We vacationed there every summer along with my grandparents and great aunt and uncle until they passed away. We made amazing friends there that we still vacation with on Putnam Drive!! I could never thank the Payne’s enough for my childhood memories. Playing Indians in the huge back yard, solving make-believe mysteries, playing release and listening to everyone playing penny poker when my sister and I should have been sleeping. I now bring my son to Geneva every summer. He is the 5th generation at Geneva!

Sara Turner Campos

Chestnut Grove

My extended family and I vacationed at Chestnut Grove from 1948-1964. Being from McKeesport, it was a dream come true to go there every summer. I currently live in Michigan but go back occasionally. Not too long ago, I found a post card of some of the cottages where the swings and horseshoe pit were and a local artist is making me a 24×36 painting of it. I can't wait to see it! So many wonderful memories and so few things left as reminders. It is nice to know that others still remember and care.

Michelle Turner ( a Chestnut Grove Kid)


We vacationed every summer at Idle-A-While in the late '50s and early '60s, partially because my aunt was the receptionist there. I often got to ring the bell summoning guests to breakfast, lunch and dinner in the dining room, which was staffed by co-eds from various universities. Evenings were spent playing bingo, fascination and other games on the strip or bridge and poker back at Idle-A-While. Great memories.
John Bloom

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