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!
Make plans to attend the 2023 Cattaraugus County Fair with exciting rides, animal shows and lots of FREE live entertainment! Celebrating its 180th year in 2023, this is a real down home country Fair. Large enough to include exciting events like the demos and Monster Truck rallies, but small enough that you don't feel overwhelmed. Affordable for the whole family, presale
Celebrating over 40 years, the Cattaraugus County Trappers Association Sportsmen's Show features conservation displays, archery, black powder, trapping, fishing, guns, taxidermy dealers, big buck club display and live seminars.
There are buildings available for conferences, receptions, reunions or meetings at the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds. Room capacity is 400 people and there is unlimited parking. Booking time requirement is 3 months. Ellicottville and Salamanca would be the nearest lodging for large groups, but both are just 10 minutes away.
Established in 2010 in the former Mansfield Town Hall (previously a United Congregational Church); for the preservation of historical significance in the early settlement of Cattaraugus County and to promote continued area businesses.
The Museum will be open every other Saturday 1-5pm, spring through autumn. Otherwise, please call for an appointment.