About Ellicottville

Ellicottville is a village in Cattaraugus County, New York, USA. The population was 472 at the 2000 census. The village is named after Joseph Ellicott, principal land agent of the Holland Land Company. It lies in the southwest part of the Town of Ellicottville and is north of the City of Salamanca.

The native name for this location was “De-as-hen-da-qua,” or “place for holding court.”

The Holland Land Company opened an office in 1818. The community was the original county seat of Cattaraugus County in 1808 and public buildings were subsequently constructed.

The Village of Ellicottville was incorporated in 1837. In 1868, the county seat was moved to the Village of Little Valley.

Ski slopes and tourism
The Holiday Valley Ski Resort is south of the village, and the Nannen Arboretum is north.

Ellicottville is also home to the HoliMont Ski Club, the largest private ski club in North America. Because of the proximity to these two popular skiing destinations, Ellicottville is Cattaraugus County’s primary tourist destination.

Ellicottville is also a hub for major outdoor activities. There is some of the best hiking and mountain biking right in our back yard. Mountain biking trails are throughout the two local ski resorts, and at the Allegheny State Park and Allegany National Forest. Road cycling is also becoming a major activity in the area.

A major “Fall Festival” is held each year.