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

Campout at the Hinsdale House
Fri, 08/03/2018 - 6:00pm - Sun, 08/05/2018 - 10:00am

Join Para Expeditions and special guests Brian and Terrie Seech, Jami and Jenny King and Leah Dawn Madden for a weekend of high strangeness at the haun

Ed and Louise Ghost Hunt at the Hinsdale House
Fri, 08/17/2018 - 8:30pm - 11:59pm

Hinsdale House Restoration Project Present this Exclusive Ghost tour on Friday August 17th from 8:30pm to 12:30am.

2017 Ischua Falling Leaves Regatta
Fri, 09/07/2018 - 8:00am - Sat, 09/08/2018 - 6:00pm

You’re invited to end your summer by participating in this amateur dice run regatta. Any form of motor-less craft may be entered for a fun trip down the beautiful Ischua Creek.

Places

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

More info coming soon!

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.

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.

Travel Guide

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Meaning of the word Cattaraugus

CATTARAUGUS, from a Seneca Indian word meaning “bad smelling banks,” referring to the odor of natural gas leaking from rock seams. http://www.dos.ny.gov/info/pdfs/countynames.pdf

The word "Cattaraugus" means "foul-smelling river bank." This name is a result of the natural gas that oozes from the river mud. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cattaraugus_Creek.

In our opinion, only some of the river banks are bad smelling. Come on over and visit a creek in Cattaraugus County and tell us what you think.

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