Hinsdale, New York

Hinsdale is a town at the eastern border of Cattaraugus County, New York. The town was named after another location: Hinsdale, New Hampshire.

Hinsdale was found by Indians back in the late 18th century. Today it is not uncommon to find archeologists scouring the land in search of Native American relics.

A settler named Zachariah Noble found Hinsdale in the early 19th century.  So in the year of 1820, Hinsdale was formed from the Town of Olean. It was named for Hinsdale, New Hampshire.  The Town of Ischua was made in 1846 from part of Hinsdale.

Around 1840, a developer attempted to make a larger community out of Hinsdale village and Scotts Corners, but nothing ever came of the scheme. In 1860, Hinsdale contained 2 churches and several mills and manufacturing establishments. Its population was 255. It was a canal village and a station on the NY and Erie Railroad. Scotts Corner, in the north part, contained a church and 13 houses.

Maplehurst and Haskell Flatts are also part of Hinsdale.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 38.8 square miles, of which, 38.8 square miles of it is land and 0.03% is water.  Its surface is hilly and broken upland. The hills are 500-600 feet above the valleys. Reservoir Lake is a small body of water near the southeast corner. Ischua and Oil Creeks form a junction near the center, and the united stream then takes the name of Olean Creek, flowing south through town.

The Southern Tier Expressway (Interstate 86 and New York State Route 17) passes across the town. New York State Route 16 is a major trunk road in the town and partially follows the same path as the Exprssway  The eastern town line is the border of Allegany County, New York.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

Ed and Louise at the Hinsdale House
Sat, 02/24/2018 - 7:00pm - 11:00pm

Hinsdale House Restoration Project Present this Exclusive Ghost tour on Saturday Feb 24th. Your tour guides for the evening will be Ed Bowden and Louise Tabone!

Chelsea Gill at the Haunted Hinsdale House
Sat, 03/03/2018 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Hinsdale House Restoration Project Present this Exclusive Ghost tour featuring International Psychic Chelsea Gill on Saturday March 3rd, 2018. Your experience will include a tour of the Grounds along with the historic building.

Old picture of the haunted house in Hinsdale, NY
Sat, 03/31/2018 - 8:00pm - Sun, 04/01/2018 - 10:00am

Join Para Expeditions for this overnight ghost hunt at the haunted Hinsdale House. Here is your opportunity to ghost hunt and stay the night at one of the most haunted locations in New York! Join us as we explore this haunted location and try and make contact with the other side. Get your limited tickets in advance for only $89 (additional at the door if available).

Places

Launch your canoe or kayak into the Olean Creek at the Hinsdale Launch.

More info coming soon!

Hinsdale Volunteer Fire Department has a meeting room with a capacity of 186 people.  The room is equipped with audio/visual equipment and has wireless access.  There is a fully equipped kitchen for a caterer.  Parking can accommodate 75 cars.  Lodging is easily accessed in Olean just 7 miles south.

bluebereries

Blueberries don't just taste amazing, their also good for you!

This farm prides itself on the fact that they use little or no pesticides on their berries.

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

Many Old Schoolhouses

There were over 170 old schoolhouses with many still in existence in Cattaraugus County

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