County History

Articles about Allegany County History

Words that have been previously said........

"To one whose neighborhood has been the scene of important events, the history of those events is the most interesting of all history.........
.......Under the sway of cause and effect, historic events cannot stand alone.  They form an unbroken chain...... 
The history of so limited territory as a county in New York has its roots not only in remote times, but in distant lands, and cannot be justly written without going far beyond the county limits for some of its essential facts....." ....from 1806-1879 Beers, History of Allegany County NY

This website will not go far before the initial arriving settlers to the county in the very late 1790s....nor will we try to relate material from outside the boundaries of our County.

The section of "County History" will provide general articles relating to the history of the county with a scattering of subjects and personalities that we hope you find interesting.

Allegany County Historical Society is the central location for publishing these items.  Feel free to contribute to this section of the website by contacting the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Also, each Town of the County is provided a storage space for their specific stories to tell.....

Choose any town in the Right column "Menu" to navigate to that Town's information.

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1875 Post Offices & Post Masters of Allegany County, NY
Glossary for New York State
Famed Old Estate Villa Belvidere May Be Broken Up
Allegany County History
Names of Settlements & Villages
1895 County Jail
Villa Belvidere - 200 Years 1806-2006
Allegany - The Name
County History Books ONLINE
The Six Nations - Our Native Predecessors
Early Explorations, Etc.
Happy Birthday Allegany County!
Living in Short Tract; Also, A Hanging
Allegany County Officers, Attorneys-1845
“Re-Discovery of Photo Connects With Allegany County History”
The Passing of Belvidere
Early Days in Allegany County- Interview with Benjamin Cowles
Major Storm Hits Allegany County, July, 1920
Guide to Searching Land Records of Allegany County NY
Teachers' Convention, Southern Allegany County, 1844
Allegany County Centennial Celebration - 1895
Ye Olde Alleganian - Newsletters by William A. Greene
County Museum Building Demolished
1945 - Allegany County Boy Scouts To Follow Nathaniel Dike Trail Compiled by Ron Taylor
1945-(6/6) - Entire County Organization Will Take Part in Program Starting July 3rd
1945-(7/3) - Boy Scouts to Leave Cohocton Today On Trek to Elm Valley
1945-(7/5) - Dike Scouts Reach Hornell With All Hands Safe, Sound - Some Blisters Are Worst Casualties to Date
1945-(7/6) - Dike Scouts Having Great Time Despite Many Blisters
1945-(7/6)2 - Public Urged to Attend Dike Anniversary Program Tomorrow
1945-(7/7) - Dike Scouts At Elm Valley For Program Today, Camporee
1945-(7/9) - Boy Scouts Complete Long Trek, Hold Rites At Nathaniel Dike Grave
1945-(7/10) - Many Dike Trek Scouts Win Awards At Court of Honor - Unusual 150th Anniversary Event Closes With Program and Award of Honors
Allegany's Population - 1900