The Ellicottville Historical Society & Museum started in September of 1956 and was formed for the purpose of studying & preserving the historical record of the Ellicottville and vicinities. The Society first opened a display center in rooms at the Ellicottville Town Hall. Early on, it found a place in other buildings but eventually settled in the one-story brick building across the street, originally built for the county clerk’s office. The building has been used for many varied purposes over the years. Although most people assume it was once a one-room school house, that is not the case. Can you guess the reason for the bell on the roof, then?
The museum is closed during the winter, but open on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) between the months of June through September from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Admission is FREE, but donations are gratefully accepted. The Historical Society holds meetings every second Wednesday evening from May through October on various historical topics. Individual membership is $15 per year, ask for a brochure. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 485, Ellicottville, NY 14731. Please consider joining to help continue to fulfill our mission of studying and preserving our local history for generations to come.
We are a small volunteer organization and make every effort to answer questions individually as time permits but cannot undertake extensive research requests. A general question posted publicly to this page will open the topic up to more people who may potentially have the answer you are looking for.