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Belle Boyd, Civil War Spy, Visits EVL Historical Society

By Mary Fox At the Sept. 11, 2013, monthly meeting and program of the Ellicottville Historical Society, they were visited by Belle Boyd, a notorious Civil War spy for the Confederate Army.  Forty-nine people heard the story of this infamous woman’s life and encounters with the armies of the North and South. Belle Boyd’s impersonator, Ardyth Van Scoy, dressed in ... Read More »

Mansfield Area Historical Society

Revolutionary War Soldier Presentation Oct. 5 On Saturday, October 5, 2013, Marilyn Eddy Siperek will relate some of the travels and adventure faced by Prisoner of War Josiah Hollister, Revolutionary Soldier from the Town of Mansfield. Josiah documented the events in a journal referring to the 1776, 1777 era. Copies of his journal are available for a specified donation. Come ... Read More »

Van Scoy to Portray Confederate Spy at Next Ellicottville Historical Society Meeting

Ardyth Van Scoy, a celebrated actress from Limestone, N.Y., will be portraying the Civil War Confederate spy Belle Boyd at the Sept. 11 meeting of the Ellicottville Historical Society. Boyd was a successful spy who relayed information on Union troops’ strengths and movements to Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. Van Scoy will read from Belle’s diary and will sing period ... Read More »

Underground Railroad Active in WNY

By Mary Fox The July meeting of the Ellicottville Historical Society featured a presentation by Della Moore, director of the African American Center for Cultural Development in Olean. Moore told the stories of three slave women who traveled the “Underground Railroad.” “All three women had the courage to say, ‘You don’t own me,’” said Moore. “They had a great reason ... Read More »

Historical Society Meets July 10 Lessons on the Underground Railroad

Della Moore, director of the African American Center for Cultural Development, will be the scheduled speaker for the Ellicottville Historical Society’s meeting on July 10 at the Ellicottville Memorial Library. Her topic will be “The Underground Railroad in Olean and Surrounding Areas.” The meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served. The library is located at 6499 ... Read More »

‘Presidential Indiscretions’ Topic of Ellicottville’s Historical Society Program

‘Presidential Indiscretions’ Topic of Ellicottville’s Historical Society Program “Presidential Indiscretions” will be the topic of a program to be presented by Pembroke teacher Greg Kinal at the June 12, 2013, meeting of the Ellicottville Historical Society. Presidents have been known to make decisions in their private lives that have not gone all that well. Pictures and political cartoons will be ... Read More »

Civil War Largest Rebellion Ever to Fail

By Mary Fox If you are a Civil War enthusiast or just interested in history, the Ellicottville Historical Society is offering an excellent lineup of speakers on the Civil War this summer. “Speakers on the Civil War are part of the Historical Museum’s civil war theme with displays of artifacts, photographs and other memorabilia of the Ellicottville area’s participation in ... Read More »

Allegany Historical Society Hosts Civil War Speaker

Pvt. William Whitlock from Allegany died in 1865 while fighting in the Civil War. His great-great grandson, Dr. Val Dunham, will give a talk to the Allegany Area Historical Association on Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m. about Pvt. Whitlock’s experiences in the war. A cache of 39 letters that Pvt. Whitlock wrote to his wife Mary Eliza Trowbridge Whitlock ... Read More »

Ellicottville’s Historic 1887 Building a Witness to History

By Mary Fox “I doubt you will find anyone who didn’t like going to or teaching there,” said Rosie Kelly, who taught third grade in the 1887 School Building from 1967-1976.  “It was a comfortable place to be. Everyone got along very well.” This imposing landmark at the corner of Washington and Jefferson streets in Ellicottville was built in 1887 ... Read More »

Village Planning Board Approves Plans for E-Ville Spirits and Balloons Sprague Development Proposes Luxury Hotel for 1887 Building

By Jann Wiswall The Ellicottville Village Planning Board met Tuesday, March 12, 2013, to review plans for two construction projects in the Village of Ellicottville. 10 Monroe Street: The first plan was presented by architect John Lydon on behalf of Shannon Carscallen, owner of E-Ville Spirits & Wines at 10 Monroe Street. Carscallen is raising the roof on the existing ... Read More »

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