Little 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 Great Valley) of the Allegheny River.
The Town of Little Valley is centrally located in the county. There is also a village named Little Valley, the county seat in this town. The town is north of the City of Salamanca
The first permanent settlement was made around 1816. The "Town of Elkdale," as it was originally called, was formed in 1818 from the "Town of Perry" (now Perrysburg). Little Valley was once an important rail station on the Erie Railroad and notable for its cheese and dairy industry. The location of the railroad resulted in moving the county seat to the Village of Little Valley, which was also later connected to Salamanca by a streetcar line.
The Towns of Conewango (1823), Napoli (1823), Mansfield (1930), New Albion (1930), and Bucktooth (1855, renamed Salamanca in 1864) were all formed from Little Valley. The Little Valley Creek flows through the town, as does a small tributary named Lees Hollow.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 29.9 square miles, of which, 29.9 square miles of it is land and 0.03% is water.
New York State Route 242 and New York State Route 353 are major trunk roads through the town. They converge at Killborn Corners just east of the Village of Little Valley. County Routes 88 and 96 act as bypasses. County Route 15, which picks up where Route 88 leaves off, continues northeast parallel to Route 242 between Little Valley and Ellicottville. County Routes 5 and 14 start in the northwest corner of the town and head toward New Albion and East Otto, respectively.
The Pat McGee Trail, a hiking and snowmobile trail, runs through the town parallel to Route 353.
The Cattaraugus County Fair has been a tradition in Little Valley for 169 years!! Families have experienced all the exciting rides, animal shows and live entertainment for more than a century!
Visitors to Cardinal Acre Alpacas will be welcomed by alpacas. They are open by chance or by appointment. Visitors will receive a tout that includes a little "Alpaca 101," history of alpaca, their daily routine and are of course invited to browse the gift shop full of alpaca products.
Built in the 1850's, this Historic Homestead is secluded in stately pines on a 130 acre Horse farm. Numerous porches and decks provide relaxing areas to follow the sun and enjoy beautiful sunsets or star gaze. The peaceful atmosphere is interrupted only by the wind in the pines, frogs in the pond and the thunder of horses running in the night!
Walk through the doors of Brookside Studio and experience the watercolor paintings of artist, Robin Zefers Clark. Robin's paintings capture a refreshing blend of wildlife and rural themes. Visitors are welcome to view original paintings in progress. Consider having Robin create an heirloom painting or drawing especially for you. Stop at Brookside Studio and begin your vi
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