Franklinville, New York

Franklinville is a town in Cattaraugus County, New York. Franklinville is also the name of a village in the town.

The Town of Franklinville is an interior town, located in the northeast quadrant of the county.

The town was first settled around 1806. First settled by Joseph McCluer and known then as McCluer Settlement. The Town of Franklinville was established in 1824 from the Town of Olean. Franklinville was also called "Hebe" and "Ischua" before adopting its current name.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 52.0 square miles of which, 51.8 square miles of it is land and 0.2 square miles of it (0.35%) is water.

New York State Route 16 and New York State Route 98 are important (basically north-south) highways in the town. New York State Route 242 cuts across the northwest corner of the town.

In 1999, Kimberly Pressler who hails from Franklinville, won the Miss USA title.

The central core of the village is on the National Register of Historic Places as the Park Square Historic District. Also listed on the National Register of Historic Places is the Simeon B. Robbins House.

Simeon B. Robbins House, or The Miner's Cabin, is a three story, Queen Anne style wood frame dwelling built in 1895. The building features three towers. It is currently used as a museum and meeting space by the Ischua Valley Historical Society.

Upcoming Events

Reel Big Fish at The Woods at Bear Creek
Fri, 06/30/2017 - 5:00pm - 10:00pm


A day of ska music, craft beer, and good times at the beautiful Glamping Resort, The Woods at Bear Creek.  Enjoy a day of unique craft beer experiences with select tastings, lectures, drinking games, and more from your favorite local breweries!

ATV Dice Run at The Woods at Bear Creek
Sat, 07/01/2017 - 12:00pm - 9:00pm

The Woods at Bear Creek is having a Dice Run on July 1st!  Registration starts at noon and the Run will begin at 2pm, lasting until 4:30pm.  There will be prizes and live music to follow by Screamin' Lou!  Fireworks show at dusk meal tickets are available for burgers & hot dogs! 

Fireworks at The Woods at Bear Creek
Sat, 07/01/2017 - 2:00pm - 10:00pm

Come for a whole day of fun on Saturday, July 1st at The Woods at Bear Creek and then watch fireworks after dusk!  A $10 day pass gets you access to the 1200' foot zipline, the hiking trails, fishing on the 20 acre lake and the inground pool.  If you have never seen the gorgeous grounds of The Woods at Bear Creek, this is your perfect chance!  Then watch fireworks after dusk!


Shamrock Pines Campground

Located on over 380 rolling acres of lush green pines, Shamrock Pines is a family friendly campground and rv park.  Under new ownership, owner operated and maintained, they take pride in their park and it shows. Come enjoy the fresh air, and serene views of the Allegheny Mountains in this beautiful outdoor setting.


Travel Guide

Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County Travel Guide for 2017It's a full 56-page comprehensive guide, highlighting the activities and attractions in our County and it's FREE!!

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NYAGT Geocaching Trails

Most Residents are Amish in the Town of Leon

There are approximately 1,380 residents in Leon with the Amish Community comprising about 76% of that number. The Old Order Amish settled in Leon in 1949. They do not believe in the modern conveniences. They have no electricity in their homes + travel by horse and buggy. 

If you are looking for someplace interesting to go, try the Leon area. It is right in the heart of Amish Country.

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