Portville, New York

The Town of Portville is located in Cattaraugus County in the southwestern corner of New York State along the Pennyslvania border, locally referred to as the Southern Tier.  Portville is 65 miles south of Buffalo and 90 miles south of Rochester.  Its eastern town line is the border of Allegany County, New York, and its southern town line is the Pennsylvania border. 

The Town of Portville was first settled in 1805 as a result of its flourishing timber industry which to a lesser degree continues today.   The name is derived by the town's early role in shipping lumber and other items down river.

The Town of Portville is 36 square miles.  According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.0 square miles, of which, 35.6 square miles of it is land and 0.4 square miles of it (1.14%) is water.  Generally speaking, businesses and residences throughout the town have their own wells and septic systems.  Police services are provided by the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department.  Fire services are provided by the Portville and Westons Mills Fire Departments with mutual aid being provided by adjacent towns.  The Village of Portville of  1,100 people, which is in the southwest corner of the town, has its own water and sewer system, maintains its own roads and has its own police department.

There are four postal zip codes within the Town of Portville - 14770 which includes around half of the area of the Town and all of the Village, 14788 for Westons Mills, 14760 for Olean postal distribution only, and 14727 for Cuba postal distribution only.

Communities and locations in the Town of Portville

  • Bedford Corners – A hamlet near the east town line on NY Route 305.
  • Carroll – A hamlet in the southeast corner of the town, east of the Allegheny River.
  • Haydenville – A hamlet on the western town line on County Road 92.
  • Lake View Terrace – A hamlet in the northeast part of the town on County Road 79.
  • Main Settlement – A hamlet in the southeast corner of the town on NY Route 417.
  • Mill Grove – a hamlet on the Allegheny River on Route 305 in the southeast corner of the town. It once marked the south extent of the Genesee Valley Canal.
  • Portville – The Village of Portville is a municipal corporation of 430 properties and 1,000 persons located on 2+ squares miles of the Town of Portville in the southeast part of the town on Dodge Creek by the Allegheny River. NY-305 and NY-417 conjoin through the village.
  • Stephens Lake – A small lake north of Weston Mills.
  • Toll Gate Corner – A location in the southeast corner of the town at the junction of Routes 305 and 417.
  • Weston Mills – A hamlet on the north bank of the Allegheny River on Route 417. It was named after the Weston brothers, owners of several businesses.

Upcoming Events

Hellbender Photo by Twan Leenders
Sat, 08/19/2017 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

Join us at Pfeiffer Nature Center as we explore the lifestyles and habits of some of our most mysterious and misunderstood wildlife friends – amphibians and reptiles! This event is packed with all kinds of fun for children and adults.  Meet Wildlife Veterinarian Dr.

Get to know Goldenrod with Pfeiffer Nature Center
Sat, 09/09/2017 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

When Sting released his classic “Fields of Gold” he was referring to fields of ripening barley. But if he were here in Western New York late summer, it would be hard not to apply that phrase to the expansive lush bounty of yellow gracing the roadsides and fields. 

Photo Contest Pfeiffer Nature Center
Sat, 09/23/2017 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Pfeiffer Nature Center is pleased to announce our photography contest and show!  There are four categories for entries:  Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer!  This contest is open to all ages.

Places

Hand launch down bank.

Parking

Park on the shoulder

Fees

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very sweet alpacas

Welcome to the NEVER ENDING ALPACA FARM!!! We have had the "alpaca lifestyle" for almost 10 years now. Our animals continue to improve from one generation to the next. We have learned so much by raising our alpacas with a very "hands on" approach. People comment on how friendly our herd is!

Photo of Cummins Cider

Cummins Cider Mill is located in the beautiful Enchanted Mountains of New York's Southern Tier in the picturesque town of Portville along the tranquil Allegheny River.  With its warm summers and cold winters, Western New York and Northern Pennsylvania are perfect for growing gorgeous, sweet apples that are just right for making a variety of apple products.

Travel Guide

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