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.
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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.

Thanks to https://www.facebook.com/AdventureBoundonthefly/ for the donation of this antique display case!! We got it in!...
03/16/2020

Thanks to https://www.facebook.com/AdventureBoundonthefly/ for the donation of this antique display case!! We got it in! Thanks go to the entire Bauer family (Dave, Carolyn, Evan and Kaegan); Gary and Ellen Frank; and Niles Pierson, town engineer for helping us get this lengthy beast down the sidewalk and up the steps of the museum. We couldn’t have done it without everyone’s help!

03/15/2020

We’re here and ready for another great day for celebrating!

We’re getting ready!
03/14/2020

We’re getting ready!

Holiday Valley Resort
03/11/2020

Holiday Valley Resort

In conjunction with the Ellicottville Historical Society, we're proud to present this weekend's Fireside Chat with Edna Northrup - we'll be serving free hot cocoa and hot mulled wine as you listen to Edna's stories from Holiday Valley's early days. The Historical Society will also have artifacts on display you can peruse. Upstairs in the Main Lodge on Saturday and Sunday noon - 3 p.m. (Edna's chat begins at 1:30)

03/11/2020

Be on the lookout, the invites for the pioneer certificate applicants are going out tomorrow!!

03/09/2020
03/09/2020

Early Women's Clubs in Ellicottville. Some early research notes into area women's clubs including the following timeline:

1909 Fortnightly club organized; incorporated in 1952
January 19, 1910 Opening of the reading room at the courthouse
February 1911 Holly Pedro Club
February 1911 Jolly Fifteen Club
May 1911 The Mutual Friends
December 1911 Bird Hive
January 13, 1915 Home Culture Club
November 24, 1915 EHS Literary Advance Club
August 9, 1916 Women's Suffrage Club
January 1920 Study Class & Home Culture Club
December 1920 TR Club
January 1921 Ideal Club
February 2, 1921 Columbian Reading Circle (through 1926)
July 7, 1926 Fortnightly Annual Picnic
September 8, 1926 Jolly Girls Club organized

Next weekend is the kickoff for our bicentennial!!
03/09/2020

Next weekend is the kickoff for our bicentennial!!

03/03/2020

Thanks to Janet Abbatte for the first donation received in memory of Lucille Harris.

The memorial wreath is up in honor of Lucille
02/25/2020

The memorial wreath is up in honor of Lucille

African American Center for Cultural Development
02/24/2020

African American Center for Cultural Development

02/24/2020
Lucille Harris Obituary - Ellicottville, NY | Olean Times Herald

A long-time supporter of the society. She will be missed by many.

ELLICOTTVILLE - Lucille J. Harris, "Mrs. Poole," 97, of Ellicottville, passed away Saturday (Feb. 22, 2020) at Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home. She was born on Dec. 18, 1922, in Ellicottville, daughte

02/19/2020
Holiday Valley’s 60th Anniversary

Holiday Valley’s 60th Anniversary

"It's not the heart, or the body. The real key is the soul of the company, which is the people." Very proud to present our 60th Anniversary tribute. Editing ...

Sharing some school history
02/16/2020

Sharing some school history

EAGLES 🦅 PRIDE

Some valentines from the Lena Reynolds collection.
02/15/2020

Some valentines from the Lena Reynolds collection.

02/10/2020

We're nearing the deadline for pioneer certificate applications (2/13/20) but we've had people let us know via email or Fb message that theirs are on the way! We'll get you on the list!

Bicentennial calendars are now only $10! Stop by one of the businesses below or place your order with us (now FREE SHIPP...
02/07/2020

Bicentennial calendars are now only $10!

Stop by one of the businesses below or place your order with us (now FREE SHIPPING on orders of 3 or more)!

If you can’t make it to one of the locations below to purchase, send us a private message with your order details (Name, Mailing Address, and Quantity). Then we’ll confirm total price and how to send payment.

Or purchase yours at these Ellicottville locations:
• Alexandra
• Ava Grace Fashions
• Holiday Valley at the Resort Services Center
• The Inn at Holiday Valley on the corner of 219 and Holiday Valley Road
• Town of Ellicottville Clerk’s Office
• Watson’s

All proceeds fund 2020 Bicentennial celebrations and the Ellicottville Historical Society and Museum.

Don’t miss this keepsake of Ellicottville’s Bicentennial!

2020 arrived not a minute too soon or a minute too late! It's Ellicottville's year to celebrate! Make it memorable by he...
01/12/2020

2020 arrived not a minute too soon or a minute too late! It's Ellicottville's year to celebrate! Make it memorable by helping to sponsor planned events and activities throughout the year. For more detailed info, please respond via private message. Be a part of history!

Speaking of houses, can anyone identify this home from Ellicottville?
01/10/2020

Speaking of houses, can anyone identify this home from Ellicottville?

We keep getting completed applications for the pioneer certificate program and more have been sent out. Remember to get ...
12/30/2019

We keep getting completed applications for the pioneer certificate program and more have been sent out. Remember to get yours in by Feb. 13, 2020!

How far back are your roots in the Town of Ellicottville?? Did you have an
ancestor here before 1920? Or maybe you aren't quite sure?

As part of the Town of Ellicottville Bicentennial celebrations planned for 2020, we are offering Ellicottville Pioneer Certificates for anyone with a descendant that lived in the Town prior to 1920. There are four categories:
Early Resident - before 1920;
Early Settler - 1880 or before;
Founding Father/Mother - 1840 or before;
Indigenous families - prior to that.

We are accepting applications for a pioneer certificate for any one of these categories now until February 13th, 2020. Further details and application materials are in the attachments. We hope you'll enjoy this opportunity to celebrate your Ellicottville ancestry!

The Bicentennial year is almost upon us! If you haven’t gotten your calendar yet, there is still time.Stop by one of the...
12/28/2019

The Bicentennial year is almost upon us! If you haven’t gotten your calendar yet, there is still time.

Stop by one of the businesses below or place your order with us.

If you can’t make it to one of the locations below to purchase, send us a private message with your order details (Name, Mailing Address, and Quantity). Then we’ll confirm total price and how to send payment.

Calendars are $15 each + shipping.
Shipping charges may vary but will be approximately:
1 calendar add $5.00 shipping within U.S.
2-4 calendars add $8.00 shipping within U.S.

Or purchase yours at these Ellicottville locations!
• Alexandra
• Ava Grace Fashions
• Ellicottville Pharmacy
• Ellicottville Memorial Library
• Holiday Valley at the Resort Services Center
• The Inn at Holiday Valley on the corner of 219 and Holiday Valley Road
• Town of Ellicottville Clerk’s Office
• Watson’s

All proceeds fund 2020 Bicentennial celebrations and the Ellicottville Historical Society and Museum.

Don’t miss this unique gift and keepsake of Ellicottville’s Bicentennial!

On Tuesday Night the Ellicottville Historical Society had their Christmas party at John Havards.  Thank you for coming a...
12/21/2019

On Tuesday Night the Ellicottville Historical Society had their Christmas party at John Havards. Thank you for coming and making it a wonderful evening. We will take a break from the

12/18/2019

Oh dear! Had someone send a package to the museum via UPS. Despite the fact that the building is closed, it was delivered to the "office" and signed by someone named "George" according to the tracking number. Now I wonder where it might be?

Great gift idea!
12/18/2019

Great gift idea!

Get your calendars in time for the holidays! Stop by one of the businesses below or place your order with us!

If you can’t make it to one of the locations below to purchase, send us a private message with your order details (Name, Mailing Address, and Quantity). Then we’ll confirm total price and how to send payment.

Calendars are $15 each + shipping.
Shipping charges may vary but will be approximately:
1 calendar add $5.00 shipping within U.S.
2-3 calendars add $7.35 shipping within U.S.

Or purchase yours at these Ellicottville locations!
• Alexandra
• Ava Grace Fashions
• Ellicottville Pharmacy
• Ellicottville Memorial Library
• Holiday Valley at the Resort Services Center
• The Inn at Holiday Valley on the corner of 219 and Holiday Valley Road
• Town of Ellicottville Clerk’s Office

All proceeds fund 2020 Bicentennial celebrations and the Ellicottville Historical Society and Museum.

Don’t miss this unique gift and memento of Ellicottville’s history!

12/14/2019
The Ellicottville Historical Society is having their Christmas party and was be so happy if you were part of it.
12/13/2019

The Ellicottville Historical Society is having their Christmas party and was be so happy if you were part of it.

African American Center for Cultural Development
12/11/2019

African American Center for Cultural Development

Events for next year

Get your calendars in time for the holidays! Stop by one of the businesses below or place your order with us!If you can’...
12/09/2019

Get your calendars in time for the holidays! Stop by one of the businesses below or place your order with us!

If you can’t make it to one of the locations below to purchase, send us a private message with your order details (Name, Mailing Address, and Quantity). Then we’ll confirm total price and how to send payment.

Calendars are $15 each + shipping.
Shipping charges may vary but will be approximately:
1 calendar add $5.00 shipping within U.S.
2-3 calendars add $7.35 shipping within U.S.

Or purchase yours at these Ellicottville locations!
• Alexandra
• Ava Grace Fashions
• Ellicottville Pharmacy
• Ellicottville Memorial Library
• Holiday Valley at the Resort Services Center
• The Inn at Holiday Valley on the corner of 219 and Holiday Valley Road
• Town of Ellicottville Clerk’s Office

All proceeds fund 2020 Bicentennial celebrations and the Ellicottville Historical Society and Museum.

Don’t miss this unique gift and memento of Ellicottville’s history!

Cattaraugus County Museum
12/04/2019

Cattaraugus County Museum

The museum’s Summer at the Stone House schedule for 2020 is now complete! New bookmarks with the schedule should be available in January.

Remember to get your pioneer certificate applications in before February! 2020 is fast approaching!
12/04/2019

Remember to get your pioneer certificate applications in before February! 2020 is fast approaching!

How far back are your roots in the Town of Ellicottville?? Did you have an
ancestor here before 1920? Or maybe you aren't quite sure?

As part of the Town of Ellicottville Bicentennial celebrations planned for 2020, we are offering Ellicottville Pioneer Certificates for anyone with a descendant that lived in the Town prior to 1920. There are four categories:
Early Resident - before 1920;
Early Settler - 1880 or before;
Founding Father/Mother - 1840 or before;
Indigenous families - prior to that.

We are accepting applications for a pioneer certificate for any one of these categories now until February 13th, 2020. Further details and application materials are in the attachments. We hope you'll enjoy this opportunity to celebrate your Ellicottville ancestry!

UPDATE! We are now offering sales of the  Ellicottville Bicentennial Calendar through the mail!  If you can’t make it to...
11/29/2019

UPDATE! We are now offering sales of the Ellicottville Bicentennial Calendar through the mail!

If you can’t make it to one of the locations below to purchase, send us a private message with your order details (Name, Mailing Address, and Quantity). Then we’ll confirm total price and how to send payment.

Calendars are $15 each + shipping.
Shipping charges may vary but will be approximately:
1 calendar add $5.00 shipping within U.S.
2-3 calendars add $7.35 shipping within U.S.

Or purchase yours at these Ellicottville locations!
• Alexandra
• Ava Grace Fashions
• Ellicottville Pharmacy
• Ellicottville Memorial Library
• Holiday Valley at the Resort Services Center
• The Inn at Holiday Valley on the corner of 219 and Holiday Valley Road
• Town of Ellicottville Clerk’s Office

All proceeds fund 2020 Bicentennial celebrations and the Ellicottville Historical Society and Museum.

Don’t miss this unique gift and memento of Ellicottville’s history!

11/21/2019

Are we being good ancestors?

Christmas cards of times past!
11/19/2019

Christmas cards of times past!

Thank you, Mel R.!

Anyone have any leads that might help with this local history mystery??
11/18/2019

Anyone have any leads that might help with this local history mystery??

Here’s another mystery- WHERE IS THE JOURNAL? An article in 1929 Cattaraugus Republican newspaper told this tale. The Martindale family was moving from their Peth home after selling it to Joseph Green, when they discovered the 1826-1865 business journal of blacksmith John Alexander. The home was located “just north of the Walter Horton home.”
The article states that the journal was given to Mrs. Swanson. The only Swanson family in the area for the 1930 census was Oscar and IDA SWANSON of Salamanca. It appears that their only son predeceased them. The Swansons remained in Salamanca and and Little Valley area. ADA WAS STILL LIVING IN 1960!
I really want to VIEW THE JOURNAL as it would be the earliest records available for our town, this far. I know it is worse than looking for a needle in a haystack as it is possible the journal was thrown away.
DID ANYONE KNOW ADA SWANSON? I WILL RUN DOWN ANY LEADS OFFERED. Let’s see if we can find this valuable piece of history! The newspaper article was in bad condition but still a great resource. A few pages are shown here

Pick up your Ellicottville Bicentennial Calendar soon at one of the following locations:• Alexandra• Ava Grace Fashions•...
11/14/2019

Pick up your Ellicottville Bicentennial Calendar soon at one of the following locations:

• Alexandra
• Ava Grace Fashions
• Ellicottville Pharmacy
• Ellicottville Memorial Library
• Holiday Valley at the Resort Services Center
• The Inn at Holiday Valley on the corner of 219 and Holiday Valley Road
• Town of Ellicottville Clerk’s Office

Only $15 - All proceeds fund 2020 Bicentennial celebrations and the Ellicottville Historical Society and Museum.

They make great gifts for the holidays!

Ellicottville Bicentennial Calendars are on sale at the following locations:• Alexandra• Ava Grace Fashions• Ellicottvil...
11/02/2019

Ellicottville Bicentennial Calendars are on sale at the following locations:

• Alexandra
• Ava Grace Fashions
• Ellicottville Pharmacy
• Ellicottville Memorial Library
• Holiday Valley at the Resort Services Center
• The Inn at Holiday Valley on the corner of 219 and Holiday Valley Road
• Town of Ellicottville Clerk’s Office

$15 - All proceeds fund 2020 Bicentennial celebrations and the Ellicottville Historical Society and Museum.

Great gifts for the holidays!

Salamanca Rail Museum
10/29/2019

Salamanca Rail Museum

Bird passenger stop. SRM collection

Address

2 Washington St
Ellicottville, NY
14731

Telephone

(716) 699-8415

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Our Story

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.

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Comments

As you know, the museum normally does not open for the season until June. If this changes, we will note that here. Currently we are unable to provide in-person research assistance to the public until further notice. Thanks for your understanding.
Hello. I'm writing to you with my 92-year- old mother, Joanna Johnston Sweeney. "My grandfather (shown in this photo) was William Byron Johnston, MD. He was a lifelong resident of Ellicottville. He was married to Katharine Lydia Ward Johnston. They had 2 children, my father, Sidney Baldwin Johnston and Cornelia Ward Beatzhold. I believe he was born in 1852. I'd love to know when he died. Thank you."
Hey Ellicottville Historians: I'm looking for pictures of the Arlington Hotel on the corner of Monroe Street and Maybee Alley. It was built in 1890.
On Wednesday January 8th, 2020 at 730 PM there will be a lecture on utilitarian stoneware made in early Buffalo entitled History & Mystery: The Early Potteries of The Queen City by David Potter & Peter Jablonski . Decorated stoneware jugs and crocks will be on display. The meeting will take place at St Peters Episcopal Church Hall on Callodine and Longmeadow in Amherst. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served, courtesy of The Greater Buffalo Bottle Collectors Association. The club will have their general meeting preceding the program at 7 pm . For more info, please contact Peter Jablonski at 440-7985. Appreciatively, Peter Jablonski President Greater Buffalo Bottle Collectors Association
I was wondering if anyone found any info on John Hurlburt grandson Frederick Hicks. I can only find 3 of John's daughter's Louisa or Lucy, Hannah, and Britania. There is a Clinton Hicks in 1860 census married to a Martha and in the cemetery there's a Clinton Hicks and a Mary H. So I'm not sure who Frederick parents are. Frederick is my great great grand father.
I want to know if anyone is willing to help me figure out my great great grandfather's Frederick Hicks father who was from this area. I think his father is Clinton Hicks but have no solid proof. I think some how Frederick ties into John Hurlburt because in 1865 census he is listed as his grandson, but still no solid proof. If someone can contact me that wants to help I would really appreciate it.
I have a letter postmarked "Hornell & Buffalo" R.P.O. received at Ellicottville August 22, 1904... does anyone know about that rail line's history in your town? A branch of the Erie RR?
Where can I find newspapers from the Ellicottville from Oct 1867?