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Gin Mill Donates to Ellicottville Historical Society

Ed and Maribeth Rick, owners of the Gin Mill, made a generous donation of $1,000 to the Ellicottville Historical Society this week.  “People pass by this building every day, and we just hope this bring more attention and interest to a valuable community asset,” said Ed Rick. Pictured (l-r) are Judy Brown, EHS Treasurer, Tim Brown EHS President, Mary Elizabeth ... Read More »

Ellicottville Times Past – Ellicottville’s Own Industrial Revolution

By Mary Fox The Ellicottville Historical Society continued its History of Ellicottville series this past Tuesday evening with presentations by four gentlemen closely involved with industry in Ellicottville. Agriculture was the first ìindustryî in this area. The hills, as well as the valleys, were clear-cut by early settlers to create farmland. Today there are very few small farms left. No ... Read More »

Historical Society Presents Industries of Ellicottville

The Ellicottville Historical Society will present the third in a series of lectures on the early history of Ellicottville, N.Y., at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 14 at the Ellicottville Memorial Library. Some longtime local residents will speak on the industries of Ellicottville throughout the years. Fast-moving streams and a growing population encouraged settlers to build sawmills and gristmills. An abundance ... Read More »

Ellicottville Times Past

The Churches of Ellicottville By Mary Fox The Ellicottville Historical Society met Tuesday, July10 at the Ellicottville Memorial Library. The presentation for the evening was on the churches of Ellicottville and Old Home Week.  Old Home Week will be covered in a future article. The first settlers came to Cattaraugus County predominately from the New England States.  They left behind ... Read More »

St. John’s in Ellicottville, NY Celebrates 175th Anniversary

by Rebecca LaBorde St. John’s Episcopal Church located on the corner of Washington and Jefferson streets in the Village of Ellicottville is the oldest church in Cattaraugus County. It was built in 1837 and this year marks their 175th anniversary. To commemorate this occasion, St. John’s will be providing music on the lawn at the Historical Society’s Strawberry Festival. Ellicottville ... Read More »

Happy 175th Birthday to the Village of Ellicottville, 1837-2012

Ellicottville Historical Society 2012 Happy 175th Birthday to the Village of Ellicottville, 1837-2012 Notice *our meeting time has changed to the 2nd Tues of the month. All meetings are held at the Ellicottville Memorial Library at 7:30. Memberships only $5.00 History of Ellicottville Speaker Series [In honor of 175 years] May 8-The Early settlers June 12- Down the river to ... Read More »

Ellicottville Times Past – Remembering 4th of July

  In 1842 the citizens of Cattaraugus County and adjoining counties celebrated the fourth of July at Ellicottville (then the Cattaraugus County seat) on Friday the 2nd of July. A national salute was given at sunrise, followed by a procession to “the grove” where the day was dedicated to Patriotic and Religious observances. National songs were performed by the band; ... Read More »

A Donut for Calves?

By Mary Fox Tuesday evening, July 19, 2012, the Salamanca Historical Society held their monthly meeting at the Historical Society Museum in Salamanca. President Cathy Lacy introduced the speaker for the evening, Dan Brown, who gave an entertaining account of one very special cow on his farm. Brown’s farm on Snow Brook Road in Great Valley is unique in this ... Read More »

Way Back When: Olean Point

By Mary Fox In 1804, Major Adam Hoops, believing that a great city could be created at the confluence of the Allegany River and Olean Creek, purchased 20,000 acres from the Holland Land Company. Olean Point became the place of embarkation for thousands of settlers seeking a water route to the Ohio Territory and beyond. Moving west from New England, ... Read More »

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