Ellicottville Historical Society

Ellicottville Historical Society The Society & Museum has been around since 1956. Help add to the knowledge by posting pictures, stories and questions about the area.

Admission is FREE. Closed during the winter. Open June through September 1:00pm to 4:00pm Saturdays and Sundays. Society meetings held every second Wednesday from May through October. The Society's purpose is to study & preserve the historical record of the Town of Ellicottville and vicinities.

Memorial Day in Ellicottville
05/27/2019

Memorial Day in Ellicottville

05/23/2019

Another successful Town of Ellicottville Bicentennial Meeting was held last Wednesday. Planning continues for celebrations throughout 2020, including:
-Signage for the Town and banners in the Village
-Kickoff event during winter carnival weekend March 14-15
-Birthday party in the Village on April 20
-Old Home weekend July 17-19 to coincide with alumni weekend
-New ideas discussed included an 1890s-era themed weekend perhaps in July, a family-centered community concert perhaps in August, and house and/or cemetery tours likely in October.

The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 26 at 6pm at the
Ellicottville Library. Please join us if you would like to assist with planning!

05/15/2019

Bicentennial planning meeting tonight at 6pm at the Ellicottville Library. All welcome!

Happy 199th Birthday to the Town of Ellicottville! Founded on April 20, 1820, the Town of Ellicottville, NY (not to be c...
04/20/2019
Ellicottville Times

Happy 199th Birthday to the Town of Ellicottville!

Founded on April 20, 1820, the Town of Ellicottville, NY (not to be confused with the Village of Ellicottville incorporated in 1837) will be 200 years old next year! A number of Bicentennial celebrations are currently being planned throughout 2020. This page will have updates on those events and opportunities for you to assist with the preparations. See the article below for information on the current ideas and the next planning meeting.

We look forward to celebrating the 200th Birthday of the Town of ‪Ellicottville‬ with you!

Dawn Westfall, president of the Ellicottville Historical Society, said they had a good crowd of 10 at their last meeting, and they established a firmer timeline and schedule of events during this meeting, but it’s still tentative.

On this date in 1909, the Catholic Church and parsonage was destroyed by fire. New church property was purchased at the ...
04/13/2019

On this date in 1909, the Catholic Church and parsonage was destroyed by fire. New church property was purchased at the corner of Jefferson and Martha Streets where the current stone church and parsonage was built.

Village of Ellicottville Sesquicentennial Celebration, 1987
03/06/2019

Village of Ellicottville Sesquicentennial Celebration, 1987

Another nice winter muff photograph. From the Whitmer/Burlingame Family Collection.
02/24/2019

Another nice winter muff photograph. From the Whitmer/Burlingame Family Collection.

Happy Valentine's Day! These are scans from the Lena Reynolds Collection. The scrapbook contains valentine cards from bo...
02/14/2019

Happy Valentine's Day! These are scans from the Lena Reynolds Collection. The scrapbook contains valentine cards from both Lena and her twin sister Leah, hence the duplicates. Thanks to Pam Litchfield for scanning these. I included only one of Pam's favorites in this post. :)

She was keeping warm on a cold day! (From the Bob Lowry collection)
02/09/2019

She was keeping warm on a cold day! (From the Bob Lowry collection)

This was the Facebook of the day in 1921.
02/07/2019

This was the Facebook of the day in 1921.

Ellicottville Historical Society's cover photo
02/03/2019

Ellicottville Historical Society's cover photo

02/03/2019

140 years ago, the History of Cattaraugus Co., New York with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers by Franklin Ellis was published in Philadelphia by L. H. Everts.

The Birdwalk reopens Thursday
12/20/2018
The Birdwalk reopens Thursday

The Birdwalk reopens Thursday

ELLICOTTVILLE — After nearly half a century of serving the public fine food, The Birdwalk restaurant has opened its doors again.

On Wednesday, December 12, the Ellicottville Historical Society had our annual Christmas Party at John Havard's. We had ...
12/14/2018

On Wednesday, December 12, the Ellicottville Historical Society had our annual Christmas Party at John Havard's. We had a great time , company and food. We even had two members with their Galway twin sweaters. Glad they made it back for the party. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

The Villager
12/06/2018

The Villager

Popular Restaurant to Reopen
The Birdwalk is Back in Business
By Chad Neal

In June of 1970 a popular country song called The Tennessee Birdwalk influenced Bill Barrett to name his restaurant The Birdwalk. Established on Route 242 east of the Village of Ellicottville, The Birdwalk was a popular place for fine dining with a rustic and unique atmosphere. The restaurant stayed open for a spell after owner Bill Barrett passed away in May 2017, but his family decided to stop restaurant operations and make it more of a tearoom and antique store. Alas with the many pleas for the excellent food and wonderful vibe, induced the late Bill Barrett’s wife Laurie and family to reopen The Birdwalk this December 20th. The 48-year old place with the only wood firebrick oven for pizza is set to get back into action and make many people really happy. “The thin crust is made fresh every day” Jessica Caputi, Laurie’s daughter told the Villager as she excitedly answered some questions with her mother about the reopening.

The family of the late Bill Barrett has been with him since the late eighties when Laurie and he fell in love and married. Barrett’s son Wade has been a large part of the family as well, and is still involved with The Birdwalk. The Villager sent some questions when we learned about the buzz of the reopening and had to find out more:

The Villager [V]: When did you decide to open back up?

Jessica Caputi [JC]: At Thanksgiving as a family we discussed it and realized how much we all miss it.

V: What were the factors in the decision?

JC: Friends, family, and Birdwalk memories.

V: Are you doing the same menu?

JC: We will have a shortened version of our menu, still offering all of our delicious pizza options and the favorites over the years.

V: When will you open the doors?

JC: We will be opening December 20th for the season.

V: What new things can be expected?

JC: New specials every week, always fresh seafood and steaks, we will be cutting our own steaks as always, Cameron has some great new ideas. (Cameron is Jessica’s son and chef)

V: Still full bar and everything?

JC: Full bar, beer and wine.

V: What will the hours be?

JC: Thursday 4-9, Friday 4-10, Saturday 4-10, Sunday 4-9 Open News Years Eve.

V: Anything else you’d like to add?

JC: We would like to thank everyone for your continued support even when we were closed. Losing Bill caused a huge void for all of us, we are thankful for the time we had to grieve, and excited about many more great years. Jessica will be managing the front end, with Liz still on as our favorite waitress, while Cameron will be managing the kitchen, Laurie will be playing a smaller role, but we all know who is still in charge. Alex will be at the wood fired brick oven with a smile, ready to make all your favorite pizzas. We are very excited, and can’t wait to make many more memories at The Birdwalk. Thank you for all your continued support.

The legend of The Birdwalk and the birds migrating through the beautiful Great Valley Creek will last forever and it seems the restaurant wants to keep it’s legendary status as well. If you’ve never had the chance to experience this one of a kind establishment now is your chance. Watch for the page to offer more announcements.

The Birdwalk telephone number is the same as before 716-699-2749.

Photo Caption:
48-year old The Birdwalk restaurant with the only wood firebrick oven for pizza is set to reopen this December 20, 2018.

Cyndi
12/05/2018

Cyndi

Murder Hill 1958

On Friday night the Ellicottville Historical Society along with John Koener and Rob we had a ghost walk.  We went to the...
10/15/2018

On Friday night the Ellicottville Historical Society along with John Koener and Rob we had a ghost walk. We went to the Jefferson Cemetery, Town Hall,the Museum and the United Church. At the church we saw some hangers move for no reason. One of the dresses at the museum showed a little activity and the cemetery it looked like an image of a face near a tombstone. It was a good time for all. Everyone enjoyed the evening and we have on scheduled for next year. We also doubled our size from last night.

Who's creative and can figure out how to make the museum look like this for Christmas?
10/03/2018

Who's creative and can figure out how to make the museum look like this for Christmas?

Pumpkinville marks 50th anniversary this year
09/18/2018
Pumpkinville marks 50th anniversary this year

Pumpkinville marks 50th anniversary this year

GREAT VALLEY — Pumpkinville will mark its 50th season this year with several new attractions, as owners Dan and Diane Pawlowski and their family have been busy getting ready for

Back to school time! In 1948, the Ellicottville and Great Valley Schools consolidated. In 1978, this school building in ...
09/04/2018

Back to school time! In 1948, the Ellicottville and Great Valley Schools consolidated. In 1978, this school building in the village was no longer used as a school.

American Association for State and Local History
08/22/2018

American Association for State and Local History

Does your site have plans for November 11? The National WWI Commission is asking communities and people across America to ring bells at 11am local time as part of “Bells of Peace,” honoring the centennial of World War I Armistice Day. https://bit.ly/2vZOcEP

Pumpkinville marks 50th anniversary this year
08/16/2018
Pumpkinville marks 50th anniversary this year

Pumpkinville marks 50th anniversary this year

GREAT VALLEY — Pumpkinville will mark its 50th season this year with several new attractions, as owners Dan and Diane Pawlowski and their family have been busy getting ready for

On Tuesday the Ellicottville Historical Society had their summer day trip.  We went to Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant for lun...
08/16/2018

On Tuesday the Ellicottville Historical Society had their summer day trip. We went to Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant for lunch. Then we went to Our Lady of Victory Basilica for a wonderful tour. Then finished with a tour of the Buffalo Botanical gardens. The pictures are at lunch and pictures in the Basilica. We had a great time. Thank you all for attending and making this a special trip.

According to the Village of Ellicottville's Sesquicentennial book (1987), Signore, Inc., a division of American Locker G...
08/07/2018

According to the Village of Ellicottville's Sesquicentennial book (1987), Signore, Inc., a division of American Locker Group, Inc. of Jamestown was founded in 1948 (bought out in 1967). They manufactured steel desks and files and had 230 hourly workers and 50 salary workers in 1987 with sites at both Jefferson and Martha Streets. Shown below are some employees from 1999.

06/10/2018
05/28/2018
Ellicottville Central School announces top students
05/27/2018
Ellicottville Central School announces top students

Ellicottville Central School announces top students

GREAT VALLEY — Ellicottville Central School has announced Kourtney Robinson is valedictorian for the Class of 2018 with a weighted average of 113.13. Kourtney, who is the daughter of Ted

05/10/2018

concerts, cakes, calendars, home tours, recipes, storefronts, skiing celebrations...

05/03/2018

Here is an updated schedule of the Ellicottville Historical Meetings. We have a change in speakers. June speaker will be in August and August speaker will be in June.

"Connect--Collect--Inform--Inspire"
Ellicottville Historical Society will be starting its meetings for the 2018 season. We have our meetings every 2nd Wednesday of the month from May to October at 7:00 at the Ellicottville Memorial Library at 6499 Maples Road.
May 9-we will have an interesting discussion about the Town Bi-Centennial that is coming up in 2020. We would like to invite people who might have some ideas to make this an outstanding birthday for the town. Along with discussing the birthday, please feel free to bring historical objects to show and maybe objects you don’t know what they are.
June 13- Dawn Westfall will be talking on St. John’s Episcopal Church and it connection to the antislavery movement.
July 11-Della Moore is coming to talk about the Underground Railroad in Olean, NY.
August 8- Rev. Ron Mierzwa will speak about Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church. He spoke a couple of years ago but didn’t finish. So we are looking forward to hearing more about Holy Name of Mary.
September 12-Cathy Lacy will speak on the United Church.
October 10-Larry Ploetz will be speaking on St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
Again all the meetings are free and we invite the community and surrounding areas to please join us.
• There is a change in our speakers. We have switched speakers from June and August.

Town of Great Valley, NY  History
04/15/2018

Town of Great Valley, NY History

Here is a schedule for future Bicentennial events. Please note CHANGE that the Great Gatsby party at Town Hall will begin at 5 PM and end at 10 PM; RESERVATIONS ONLY!! Event features Dinner and Dancing to a 3 piece band courtesy of Hostess Gail Archer.

Helping Great Valley celebrate their birthday today!
04/15/2018

Helping Great Valley celebrate their birthday today!

Salamanca Press
04/06/2018
Salamanca Press

Salamanca Press

Holland will be recognized for his accomplishments as a soccer official, and he says he is the oldest soccer official in all of New York State, and possibly in the entire U.S.

Celebrate Easter! Pictured is St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ellicottville.
04/01/2018

Celebrate Easter! Pictured is St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ellicottville.

A Mighty Girl
03/27/2018

A Mighty Girl

Wise words from Lucy about honoring the wisdom of elder women -- from the "Peanuts" comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, 1976.

For children's books celebrating mighty grandmothers, visit our blog post, "40 Books About Mighty Girls & Their Grandparents," at https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=11781

For an excellent book for older teen and adult readers about the diverse roles played by American women during WWII, we highly recommend "Our Mothers' War: American Women at Home and at the Front During World War II" at http://amzn.to/1Mbgk9I

You can also find books, posters, and clothing featuring the famous WWII icon Rosie the Riveter in our "Rosie the Riveter Collection" at http://amgrl.co/2n27EeE

And, for books for children and teens telling the stories of girls and women who lived during the WWII years, visit our "WWII & Holocaust" section at https://amgrl.co/2pGbw7q

For women's history month, we salute Bula Johnson, a longtime town historian for a number of years. She is pictured here...
03/24/2018

For women's history month, we salute Bula Johnson, a longtime town historian for a number of years. She is pictured here with her Model A. (Digital photo courtesy Bob Pettit)

Two more Ellicottville women skiers to celebrate Women's History Month! Pictured are sisters Lillian and Irene Russow.
03/23/2018

Two more Ellicottville women skiers to celebrate Women's History Month! Pictured are sisters Lillian and Irene Russow.

Enchanted Mountains
03/13/2018

Enchanted Mountains

DYK? Great Valley is having their bicentennial this year! That means they are 200 years old! Town of Great Valley, NY History is coordinating for several fun, history themed events starting this April! Check them out on Facebook and plan to help celebrate!

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Ellicottville, NY
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Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

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