Great Valley is a town in Cattaraugus County, New York. The town is named after its local geographical setting, a relative comparison of two tributaries (the other being the neighboring Little Valley) of the Allegheny River.
The town was first settled around 1812. The Town of Great Valley was formed in 1818, taken from part of the Town of Olean. In 1831, the Town of Allegany was made from the southeast part of Great Valley, and in 1842 the Town of Carrollton was made from the southwest part of Great Valley. Part of the Allegany Reservation was annexed in 1847.
It is an interior town, lying just a little south of the center of Cattaraugus County. Its surface is mountainous and hilly upland. The highest summit, near the southwest corner, is 1300 feet above the river. The Allegany River flows through the southwest corner, receiving the Great Valley Creek as tributary.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 50.2 square miles, of which, 50.2 square miles of it is land and 0.04 square miles of it (0.06%) is water.
The Allegheny River flows through the southeast corner of the town, and the Great Valley Creek is an important stream in the town.
US Route 219 is a major north-south highway in the town and intersects New York State Route 98 in Great Valley village.
Great Valley Station, Killbuck post office, is a hamlet , in the south, on the mouth of Great Valley Creek. Peth is another small named area.
2018 marks the Great Valley's Bicentennial celebration. Events that celebrate the unique history of the town will take place throughout the year:
Presentation of Pioneer Certificates. Tour of the Evergreen Tea Room, former Plank Rd. House. Call or appointment or tours will be available on a First come, first serve basis.
This year's 2018 annual Great Valley Vol. Firemans Regatta will be held May 4-6, 2018. Sponsored annually by the Great Valley Volunteer Fire Company, this 10 mile regatta is fun for spectators and participants. Prizes for best costume, group and fire department. Dinner, music and refreshments top off the day!
This year's theme is "Cinco De Mayo"!
A day at Pumpkinville is a fall family tradition for most families in all of WNY.
This beauty is just a mile from Holiday Valley Ski Resort and 2 miles from Ellicottville! Enough room for the whole family and then some with 3 large bedrooms with queen beds, 1 smaller bedroom with a double bed and a pull out queen sleeper sofa.
You'll find antiques, artwork, vintage toys, Christmas decor, railroad items, giftware, unique home decor, candles, handbags and much, much more!
Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday noon - 5pm. Closed Mondays and holidays.
Check their facebook page for the most up-to-date info!
The Great Valley Hotel, built about 1838, was also known through the years as the Plank Road House by Able Hicks, the Halfway House on the northern stagecoach route, The Fenton Hotel, and The Harrison House. In 1926, Minnie Taylor bought and remodeled the house and it became known as The Evergreen Tea Room.
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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.