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
Enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa on the morning of Christmas Eve. Not just any pancakes--Sprague's Maple Farms' pancakes, smothered in their famous housemade maple syrup!
Very few drive-ins are left in the USA. We recommend during the warmer weather to take the family, friends or a date to the Portville Drive-In.
The Portville Drive-In has 2 screens and each screen plays 2 movies a night so in one night the Portville Drive-In shows 4 movies!
The Enchanted Valley Inn is a renovated Queen Anne style Victorian home built in 1895 by Frank E Tyler. Frank was a key player in the lumber industry in Portville and and active member of the Masons. Stay in the "Jane Austen", "Mark Twain", "C.S. Lewis" or "Lewis Carol".
The Portville Historical and Preservation Society is an educational agency, chartered by the Regents of the State of New York. It was established in 1986 in response to renewed interest in the preservation of Portville's past. The society seeks to promote an awareness and pride in the community's heritage in order to assure its preservation for future generations.
It's a full 56-page comprehensive guide, highlighting the activities and attractions in our County and it's FREE!!
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There are approximately 1,380 residents in Leon with the Amish Community comprising about 76% of that number. The Old Order Amish settled in Leon in 1949. They do not believe in the modern conveniences. They have no electricity in their homes + travel by horse and buggy.
If you are looking for someplace interesting to go, try the Leon area. It is right in the heart of Amish Country.