Historical Museum and Research Center

About John Napier

The Cattaraugus County Poor-House in Machias, New York is the last surviving building from a complex of four that from the mid-1800's was a residence, asylum and working farm to serve the County's poor and insane. In 1860, County Supervisors commissioned the Machias Stone House to be built to serve as the centerpiece on a self sufficient farm that cared for the poor and mentally insane of the County. Read more

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History of the Stone House

Erected in 1868, the venerable Stone House, located upon the campus of The Pines Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, 9822 Route 16, Machias, NY, is the sole surviving structure of the 19th Century Cattaraugus County Alms-House and Insane Asylum, which became the Cattaraugus County Home/Farm and Infirmary.

Stone House in Machias, New York Read more

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History of Cattaraugus County

Early History of Cattaraugus County: A Brief Overview

It was in the decades following the American Revolution, that saw the purchase of land in western New York and settlement beginning to take place.

In 1803 Major John Hoops, a Revolutionary War veteran, purchased about 20 thousand acres of land from the Holland Land Co. He had been influenced to make this purchase because his nephew Adam Hoops, Jr. had been employed as a surveyor for this same company. Read more

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Contact the Museum

Hours of operation are:

Tuesday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm, and the third Saturday of each month, May through October, from 10:00AM-2:00PM.


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Research Request Form

The following file for download is the Research Request Form for the Cattaraugus County Historical Museum & Research Center .

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New Exhibit opening at the Cattaraugus County Museum

News from Museum posted on Fri, 11/05/2010 - 12:06pm

A new exhibit has opened at the Cattaraugus County Museum, “Textiles of Cattaraugus County”.  The museum is featuring several items from its extensive textiles collection, including quilts, lace work, embroidery, and more!  The exhibit will run through March, 2011.  Come by and see us!


We regret to inform our patrons that due to situations which arose during the 2013 summer, the following rules and regulations are in effect as of January 1, 2014.

Genealogical & General Research Rules

Only one (1) laptop computer, scanner, or camera allowed in research room or display area per person.

No cases, carry bags, large purses, etc. allowed in research room.

Maximum of ten (10) pages of your research material allowed in research room.

Each individual, researcher or guest, must sign in (current name and mailing address).  Read more

New Exhibit Opens at Cattaraugus County Museum featuring Local Artist

News from Museum posted on Thu, 03/25/2010 - 2:40pm

A new exhibit, “The Art and Artistry of Norman Maffei” is now open at the Cattaraugus County Museum.  Mr. Maffei, a Franklinville native, has been an active artist for over seven decades.  A WWII veteran, Maffei was once considered as a replacement for famous Army artist Bill Mauldin as a cartoonist for the 45th “Division News”.  Mr.

World War I Exhibit Opens at Cattaraugus County Museum

News from Museum posted on Fri, 07/24/2009 - 10:50am

A new exhibit, "The Great War" is now open at the Cattaraugus County Museum. The centerpiece of this exhibit is a collection of rare WWI posters on loan by Phil Abbott of Franklinville. In addition, we have many items of equipment and uniforms on display, including a WWI flight suit worn by a Cattaraugus County man. This exhibit will run through the end of December.

Historical Museum and Research Center

Welcome to the Cattaraugus County Historical Museum and Research Library website. The Museum & Library are county owned and operated, specializing in the history of Cattaraugus County, NY.

We invite you to take a look around the site and visit us in person in Machias, New York.

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