The Portville Historical and Preservation Society
17 Maple Avenue
Portville, NY 14770
Portville, New York

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This page was last updated on 06-11-17
Paths Through History Weekend - June 17, 2017

    This Saturday will be a day of history throughout Cattaraugus County.  
There will be nineteen historical locations open for a "Museum Crawl" and as
part of this effort, PHPS would like to invite the community to visit our one-
room schoolhouse this weekend.

    PHPS will have the schoolhouse open for tours from 11-3pm on
Saturday.  We are located at the corner of Route 305 and Deer Creek Road in
the Town of Portville (just north of Sprague's restaurant).   If you have any
questions, we will be open on Thursday for our regular office hours from 10
to 4 pm at the office on Maple Avenue.  
    New York State encourages its residents and visitors to explore our
history.  See how many museums you can visit in one day as our local
museums open their doors.  If you visit any of the Museums throughout the
weekend, you will receive a FREE gift for stopping by (while supplies last).  In
most of the museums, there will be a special photo area and props set up for
you to take your photo with to share with all your friends.
      We know you will enjoy learning some of the stories of our rich history,
including parts of the Underground Railroad, fortunes found, ever-changing
transportation, war heroes, folklore and so much more.

      Each participating museum is listed below (in alphabetical order) so you
can plan your route through our towns, villages and cities.  Times are 10am to
4pm, unless otherwise listed.  For questions, please call County Tourism at 1-
800-331-0543.  Museums have free admission, but donations are gratefully

1.  African American Center for Cultural Development - 1803 W. State
St. Olean, NY.
      Learn about the historical buildings and persons that helped to shape
Olean as we know it today!  Hear about Sarah Johnson, a runaway slave that
was embraced by the Olean community and later became a midwife and
helped to birth many Olean residents!  Don't forget the Juneteenth Festival the
following weekend on June 24th at JCC (260 N. Union St. Olean NY).

2. Allegany Area Historical Association Museum - 25 N. Second St.
Allegany, NY.
      They are housed in an historic 1855 former church building and specialize
in the history of Allegany and nearby areas.  There will be a special exhibit
that Saturday on periodic clothing. Also, regularly on display is the full sized,
restored, 1856 Map of the County.

3.  American Museum of Cutlery - 9 Main St. Cattaraugus, NY.   
      By now, you probably are aware that Cattaraugus County has a ton of
cutlery history, with Cattaraugus Cutlery Company, Case Company, Cutco,
and Ontario Knife.  See exhibits with unique knives and the stories behind
them at the museum.  Within a 50 mile radius of Cattaraugus, approximately
150 different cutlery companies existed during nearly a 200 year period in our
nation’s history. The location of 9 Main Street, is where knives were offered
for sale when the building was constructed in 1888.

4. Cattaraugus Area Historical Society Musem- 23 Main St. Cattaraugus,
      The Cattaraugus Area Museum has 2 floors of historical treasurers
including items from World War II, Civil War, early industry, railroad,
genealogical information and more. See the hand-carved Statue of Liberty,
which toured the country during the 1976 bicentennial or get a feel of how
everyday life was conducted.

5. Cattaraugus County Museum - 9824 Rt. 16 Machias, NY.
      The Cattaraugus County Museum and Research Library is excited to
announce they will be hosting "Family Day at the Museum" will take place on
Saturday June 17th.  This event will be fun for kids of all ages and their
families.  There will be live music provided by the WNY Fiddle Kids, hands
on activities and games, as well as prizes! In addition, the museum's new
exhibit on on the Cattaraugus County Fair will be opening that day also!  This
event is free and open to the public. Join us!  Follow on Facebook for more

6. Cutco-Ka-bar Visitors Center - 1040 East State St.  Olean, NY.
      The Visitors Center showcases the growth of CUTCO and Vector
Marketing Corporation - the exclusive marketer of CUTCO - and portrays the
rich heritage of KA-BAR knives. Guests will learn how products are made and
sold. Displays include antique kitchen cutlery, military and pocket knives, as
well as historical photographs and documents. CUTCO and Kabar products
can be purchased. You can also bring your CUTCO products in for factory

7. Dayton Historical Museum - 9561 Rt. 62 Dayton, NY.
      Formerly the St. Paul of the Cross Church, the Dayton Historical Society
bought the building and held it's first meeting in July of 1989.  The museum
houses artifacts from the residents of the Town and there are numerous
displays on the anniversaries the town has celebrated.  There was the 149th
anniversary of the Railroad running from Dayton to South Dayton, the 140th
anniversary of the Hotel, and many family group sheets have been compiled
for genealogy research.

8. Ellicottville Historical Society Museum - 2 Washington St.
Ellicottville, NY.
      As one of the former corners of the Village Square, this site has been the
location of the County Clerk's Office, a bank, a German Protestant Lutheran
Church, and a millinery shop.  Currently on display is the Holland Land
Company's influence on the area, old wedding dresses, farming families of the
area, skiing history and historical homes in the Village.  Like them on
9. Fannie E. Bartlett House and the Olean Point Museum - 302 Laurens
St. Olean, NY.
      Open Saturday, June 18th, from 1pm to 5pm.  This Queen Anne-style
house was originally built in 1881 by Mr. George Foreman and purchased in
1891 by Frank and Fannie Bartlett.  You will notice the intricate detail work in
every room and that each room has a different floor design, some with as
many as seven different woods imported from around the world.  The Olean
Point Museum is located in the converted Carriage House on the Bartlett
property. Opened in 1998, the Museum has presented a variety of historical
exhibits since its inception, featuring local business, culture and people.

10. Gowanda Area Historical Society Museum- 32 Chestnut St.
Gowanda, NY.
      Their mission is to familiarize residents (past, current & future) with the
history of the Gowanda and the surrounding area. There are many items of
historical interest including old documents, local pictures and histories, maps,
old tools, clothing, newspapers, Civil War items, military uniforms, census
records, family histories and much more.  Like them on Facebook!

11. Hinsdale Historical Society Museum - 3826 Main St. Hinsdale, NY.
      The Hinsdale Historical Society decided several years ago that they
needed a place to retain and exhibit priceless items used in Hinsdale. Our
members have collected and received both loaned and donated items which
we currently inventory. We offer exhibits, many one of a kind items unique to
Hinsdale, including various dairy items associated with local farming including
Kents, Browns and Crosby Farms. We also house an early arrowhead
collection, Mobil Oil display, old tools, and many primitives. Historical
documents, church information, pictures and yearbooks from our area include
Maplehurst, Ischua, and Haskell Valley can be viewed. Fire department
equipment, scouting display and information on our famous Hinsdale Haunted
House is also available to scrutinize. Their normal hours are open second
Saturday each month from 1:00-3:00 April-Oct. or by appt. 716-307-7699.

12. Howe-Prescott Salt Box House - Cadiz Rd. Franklinville, NY.     
      Open both Saturday and Sunday, June 18-19, from 1pm to 4pm.  This
salt-box house was built between 1816-1819.  The house is currently as it was
when purchased in 1966 by the Ischua Valley Historical Society, and is a two
story building.  Tour the rooms as you step back in time to ancient stoves,
antique furniture and a well house.

13. Leon Historical Society Museum - Rt. 62 and Cherry Creek-Leon
Hill Rd. Leon, NY.
      The museum is located in the heart of Amish country. There you can see
artifacts from Leon's history dating back to the early 1800's, which include
Civil War items, photos, farm equipment, clothing and more.Leon's history
includes a milk plant, several cheese factories, saw mills and Penny Royal
Race Track which raced thoroughbred horses and then race cars up until the

14. Mansfield Area Historical Society Museum - 7691 Toad Hollow Rd.
Little Valley, NY.
      The Museum will be featuring its huge framed 1856 Cattaraugus County
Wall Map and the 1915 framed wall map of the same area along with
commentary about the area and early settlers.  President Kelly Keis, has also
been compiling another historical map and will present on the process.  
Established in 2010 in the former Mansfield Town Hall (previously a United
Congregational Church); for the preservation of historical significance in the
early settlement of Cattaraugus County and to promote continued area
businesses.  The Museum is usually open by appointment, call the Historian,
Sue Cross at 716-307-2904. Check them out on their Facebook page!

15. Medora Ball Museum in Otto - 9068 Otto/East Otto Rd.
Cattaraugus, NY.
      The Medora Ball Museum is a church that was built in the early 1860's
and displays the local history of the Town of Otto.  Inside you will find listings
of prominent people that lived in Otto, along with historical events, Civil War
artifacts, photos, clothing displays and records of those who served in the
Armed Forces. Genealogical information from this area may be found here as

16. Miner's Cabin of the Ischua Valley Historical Society - 9 Pine St.
Franklinville, NY.
      Open Saturday and Sunday, June 18th and 19th, from 1pm to 4pm.  This
three story edifice of Queen Anne design was built by Tom Corsett and R. A.
Crosby for Simeon Robbins in 1895 at a cost of $7,000. Mr. Robbins had
made several trips to the Klondike, discovered a paying mine, and with
proceeds of its sale built the Miner's Cabin - so called because of his success
in the gold fields.  The first floor has heavy, beautifully carved woodwork,
fireplaces, and parquet floors. All rooms but the entry to the kitchen are newly
papered in the design of the 1895 era.

17. Perrysburg Historical Museum - 10460 Peck Hill Rd. Perrysburg, NY.
      Visit with the Town Historian and author/photographer Char Szabo-
Perricelli of the newly released "J.N. Adam Memorial Hospital: Her Inside
Voice"!  Char's book will be available for purchase and she will be
autographing all day!  The Museum is in the Town Hall in the Village of
Perrysburg and many local artifacts have found a home within the walls of the
museum.  The building itself was formally the schoolhouse and the prize
possessions is the miniature model of the JN Adam Tuberculosis Sanitarium
made in the late 1930s showing the entire campus.  There is plenty of
genealogical information available as well.  

18. Portville Historical & Preservation Society at Bedford Corners -
Corner of Rt. 305 and Deer Creek Rd. in Portville, NY.
      They are in the process of restoring a one room schoolhouse, The
Bedford Corners School, and this will be open to visitors to discover facts the
way schools used to be.  For example, there were separate doorways and
cloakrooms, one for boys and one for girls.  It was one large room with
enough space for teaching multiple grades.  Explore this and hear about the
other preservation projects that are happening!

19. Salamanca Area Historical Society Museum - 125 Main St.
Salamanca, NY.
      This museum is housed in a restored 1882 bank building.  Various
displays depict the history of Salamanca.  Knowledgeable staff available to
answer questions.  Three floors of history and displays!  Check them out on
their Facebook page!