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

Titanic, the Musical by Olean Community Theatre
Fri, 07/12/2019 - 7:30pm - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 7:30pm

Olean Community Theatre presents "Titanic, the Musical".  In a stunning chamber musical as massive as the ocean liner that shares its name, Yeston and Peter Stone’s musical, Titanic, tells the stories of the people on board the legendary steamer and the men who got them there.

Portville Heritage Days 2018 Syd Evans
Sat, 07/13/2019 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Heritage Day is sure to be “Good old fashioned fun for everyone”. The location is downtown Portville and there will be plenty to do for this one day festival.  The Annual Portville Central School Alumni Banquet will be held the night before, with a street dance to follow at the American Legion. 

Sunset at the Historic Cabin at Pfeifer Nature Center
Sat, 07/13/2019 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Join us for our Chestnut Cabin open house and sunset celebration!  The American Chestnut cabin, which is listed on the state and national register of historic places, is a very well preserved specimen of rustic style whose basic integrity has remained unchanged since its 1939/1940 construction.  The cabin is a true gem of the Lillibridge preserve. 

Places

Ye Olde Apothecary

"Small Town American Shoppe".  Located in the former "Portville Pharmacy".  Open every day except Wednesdays, from 12pm-5pm.  Eclectic decor, vintage collectible antiques, refurbished furniture, and so much more!

Browsers always welcome!  "We wheel & Deal". 

Enchanted Valley Inn

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". 

Photo of front of Library

Books and audiobooks, periodicals and reference material, DVD's and videos, free high speed internet access.

WINTER HOURS:
           
Monday:   1 pm - 8 pm

Tuesday:   10 am - 5 pm

 Wednesday:  Closed

 Thursday:   1 pm - 8 pm

Travel Guide

Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County Travel Guide for 2019It's a full 56-page comprehensive guide, highlighting the activities and attractions in our County and it's FREE!!

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Top 10 site for Steelhead Fishing

Cattaraugus Creek has been listed in the top 10 sites for Steelhead Fishing (rainbow trout fishing) by 2 outdoor magazines. Steelhead Trout AKA Rainbow trout are very similar to Salmon in both taste and habits. Unlike other areas of the United States, our native Rainbow trout (Steelhead Trout) spend a majority of time in Lake Erie a freshwater lake and spawn in the Cattaraugus Creek and other tributaries.

The following is from the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation's article "Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries"

Lake Erie's tributary streams, both big and small, receive an annual run of migratory rainbow trout called "steelhead." From October through April, thousands of steelhead ascend New York's Lake Erie tributaries on their mission to spawn. Excellent fishing opportunities await any angler who wishes to try their hand at steelhead fishing. Between the acrobatic leaps, long drag-screaming runs and rod quaking head shakes, the fight of an early run steelhead is a truly exhilarating experience.

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