Last updated: 7/15/2013
Franklinville, New York
Street Address
9 Pine Street
Franklinville, NY 14737
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 153
Franklinville, NY 14737
Open Sundays by appointment ONLY
from June through August.
We are CLOSED during the months of January, February, and March.
Special Access
From April through December, with prior notice, tours for individuals, families and groups can be arranged. We can also open the Library for research, but you MUST make an appointment BEFORE you arrive. Please call 716-676-2590 to make arrangements.
Free with appointment. We are available by appointment for tours, as well as genealogical and historical research. If you are traveling to the area, please make an appointment BEFORE you arrive to ensure that someone will be available to assist you. Please call 716-676-2590 to make arrangements.
Volunteer Staff, ONLY

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The Ischua Valley Historical Society owns 2 buildings in which we house historical items and documents. In order to maintain the integrity of the buildings we need to establish a Building Maintenance Fund, the money from which will go toward necessary repairs. We are asking for donations for the Fund. As a non-profit organization, the money you send to us is tax deductible. It's a great way to lower your tax liability.

If you are able, please make your check out to IVHS Treasurer and mail it to:

Ischua Valley Historical Society P.O. Box 153 Franklinville, NY 14737 ~For proper distribution, be sure to write "Building Maintenance Fund" in the memo portion of your check. Thank you for your consideration!

Our Communities

Farmersville: For settlers who chose to stay in the area farming and dairying became important occupations. Cheese factories also quickly appeared. At one time it was an important railroad center, but in 1992 the trains were discontinued and the tracks were taken out. Today snowmobilers use these trails in the winter.

Franklinville: General Joseph McCluer was one of the first pioneers in what we know today as Cattaraugus County, New York. He was born in Belchertown, Hampshire County, Massachusetts where he was educated. In 1806 he moved his wife and family to the Ischua valley where he was an agent and surveyor for the Holland Land Company. It was here that he established McCluer's Settlement, now known as Franklinville, NY.

Ischua: Early settlers arrived in this area between 1812 and 1823. Originally known as Rice, it was renamed Ischua on March 27, 1855. The first public house was built in 1816 and other hotels followed. Industries included a hat factory, a brick yard, a foundry for plows, sleigh shoes and castings, a tannery, and wagon maker. There was a basket factory in the early 1900s.

Lyndon: The first settlers in Lyndon were the Rawson brothers who arrived there in 1808 from Pennsylvania. They were followed by the Markhams and for a number of years these two families were the only inhabitants. It wasn’t until 1821 that more settlers arrived. Many were Scottish immigrants and New England pioneers.

Machias: Major Timothy Butler came to this area from Machias, Maine in 1807. He was followed by other settlers from Maine and the name Machias was adopted for this town. Machias Village has also been called Five Corners and Chikasaw.

Become a Member

Membership in the Ischua Valley Historical Society is available starting at $10 per year. Funds are used for supplies, archival materials, preservation of our collection, maintenance of equipment and buildings, purchase of newly discovered historical materials, etc. The quarterly IVHS Newsletter is sent to MEMBERS ONLY. Our patrons are an integral part of our success.

Our Web Site Menu includes:

Upcoming Events, Article of the Month, Membership, Available Resources, Online Resources, Cemeteries, and Search Request.


We are a member of APHNYS - Association of Public Historians of New York State.


The Ischua Valley Historical Society collects, preserves, researches and interprets the historical and cultural heritage of the Ischua Valley region.


The Ischua Valley Historical Society (IVHS) was founded in 1966.

Research Collections

Many and varied. See our Available Resources on the IVHS web page.


Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: Yes


We offer:

  • The Article of the Month, available on our web site shown above.
  • Our Quarterly Newsletter, available for members only.
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