Gems of the County

Unique Things and Must-Sees in Allegany County

Swain Resort (Swain, NY)

Motocross and Mountain biking in the summer and fall; spectators fly right over the track on ski lifts while racers rip up the mountain.  In the winter, Swain offers a variety of slopes and 30 trails with 97% snowmaking, a 650’ vertical drop and 5 lifts.  At Gunny’s Gorge snow tubing park experience the thrills of 750 feet of guaranteed laughs on 4 chutes with tow ropes.  Special events include big air, slush pond, ski swap, snowmobile hill drag race, sportsmen festival, Family Christmas Week, New Year’s Eve Party, and more. The Shawmut bar and grill serves up tasty burgers and wings and refreshing adult beverages through the day


Wiscoy Falls (Rossburg, NY)

An impressive five-waterfall cascade below a dam with rough hiking trails and numerous fishing spots along the sides, as well as the old power plant and old mill.  Located minutes from Letchworth State Park, this waterfall system beckons photographers, hikers, swimmers, and fishermen alike.

Cuba Specialty Manufacturing Company, Inc. (Fillmore, NY)

Manufacturer of the GEE’S Galvanized Minnow Trap since 1903, Minnow, eel, crawfish, crab traps, and nets sold world-wide. Their store (attached to the factory) is open to the public

Allegany Harvest Cooperative Market and Our Common Ground (Houghton, NY)

Communities come together in this unique public space.  Here we recognize our responsibility towards creation care, sustainability, and relationships.  Events focused on local food, genealogy, gardening, safety, repurposing, current environmental issues and more offered year round.  Home of the Allegany Harvest Cooperative Market serving local foods and products, including meat, cheese, eggs, milk, and baked goods. and


Moss Lake (Caneadea/Houghton, NY)

As you hike the trail around this nature preserve and lake formed from a glacier melt, you will not only get to see the 15 acre bog lake being covered by a unique sphagnum moss mat, you will also see turtles, frogs, wood ducks, canvasbacks, pied-billed grebes, osprey, deer, woodchucks, and an unbelievable amount  of catfish.  A National Natural Landmark

Caneadea Bridge (Caneadea, NY)

Here is where our defiant residents made their stand against the Government’s plan for a nuclear waste dump in a famous act of civil disobedience in 1990.  Excellent view of the north-flowing Genesee River. Added to the national register of historic structures in 1998

Rushford Lake (Rushford, NY)

  • 585 acre reservoir, lake, and dam build by Rochester Gas and Electric in 1929, flooding a town that still sits at the bottom of the lake
  • On the north shore, Balcom Beach offers shore fishing and a boat launch;  anglers can expect to catch bass, walleye, trout, and crappie
  • Beach with swimming on south shore

Bare-Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame (Belfast, NY)

Featured on ESPN, the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame offers a glimpse into the history of bare knuckle boxing in Allegany County.  Housed in the training barns of champion boxer John L. Sullivan (where he prepared for the last Bare Knuckle Boxing Championship of the World against Jake Kilrain, a 75-round brawl that took place in 1889 in Richburg, Mississippi) and trainer William Muldoon

Artifacts, documents, and pictures that serve to preserve sports history


Waterways Resort (Belfast/Angelica, NY)

  • Fiddler’s Pub offers authentic Irish cuisine from an Irish native
  • Scenic Six-S golf course
  • Hotel rooms available, new homes for sale, weddings, banquets, tournaments, and more


 Alton A. Sylor Bridge (Angelica, NY)

The longest clear span timber arch bridge in America.  On Rt. 16 on your way out of Angelica towards Belfast, NY, Park and walk partially below it to see the craftsmanship.


 Angelica Circle (Angelica, NY

  •  Old-fashioned Roque court; ESPN Radio has covered matches here
  •  Historic buildings, art galleries, and antique shops

 Walk the inviting and picturesque Main Street where even the hardware store looks like a museum.  Enjoy homemade sweets and coffee at the Angelica Sweet Shop before grabbing a bite to eat at the elegant Black Eyed Susan where you can enjoy live music, scrabble and chess in the evenings.   Step back in time at the park circle in the center of town to get local food, wine, and other goods at the Angelica Farmers’ Market. In early-July attend the annual Lavender Festival and in mid-July make sure to visit the Allegany County Fair. In late September you will be captivated by the annual Civil War Reenactment and Encampment


Seneca Oil Springs (Cuba, NY)

  • First recorded mention of oil on the North American continent  (1627)
  • Precursor to oil boom in the late 1800s and again in the 1920s in and around Wellsville, Cuba, and Bolivar


Cuba Cheese (Cuba, NY)

Acquaint yourself with the long history of the cheese and milk industry in and around Cuba…see how it started and adapted to change as technology and agriculture grew and morphed into what we know it as today.  See artifacts and graphics from history and visit the neighboring cheese shop to get a taste of local history.


Block Barn/McKinney Stables of Empire City Farms (Cuba, NY)

Added to the national historic register of buildings in 1999, this historic block barn was completed in 1909 by New York City businessman, William B. Simpson, to protect the bloodline of his famous stallion, “McKinney,” whose trotting record was known worldwide.

  • Unique concrete construction meant to make it fire-resistant
  • Roof covered in terra-cotta tile manufactured in Alfred, NY
  • Mr. Simpson “introduced Shetland ponies to America, electricity to Cuba, NY and offered printing services through his family paper, Boulton P. 


 Cuba Lake (Cuba, NY)

This 445 acre lake offers year round fun.  From fishing (including ice fishing) for crappie, bass, perch, and walleye to boating, swimming, and special events hosted by neighboring towns.  Restaurants and accommodations available on and near the lake. Cuba Lake Yacht Club hosts summer Regattas and sailing competitions


The Bicycle Man (Alfred Station, NY)

 For all of your biking needs and interests visit the Bicycle Man in Alfred Station, NY.  This hometown shop offers recumbent bikes, exercise bikes, mountain bikes, road bikes, bicycle parts, and hobie kayaks.

  • Known around the world for its unique recumbent bikes, including the Linear, “the brand they manufacture on site”


Colleges and Universities

Houghton College – A four-year Christian liberal arts college where even non-students can enjoy all of the events that the College has to offer.  They offer art exhibits, musical performances, theater presentations, academic and spiritual lectures, equestrian events (including the famous Walter Zettl, one of the world’s most famous masters of dressage) concerts, summer camps, artist series, an elaborate Christmas Prism concert and banquet, the Ortlip Art Gallery, and much more.  Coming soon, the Kerr-Pegula sports complex, a gift from Terry Pegula, owner of the Buffalo Sabres;

 Alfred State College – Everyone can find something to do at SUNY Alfred, even non-students. Alfred State offers lectures, music and theater performances, competitive athletics, movies, workshops, art exhibits, and so much more. Visit their website for a more complete event list:

 Alfred University - Anyone, even non-students, can enjoy Alfred University. They offer music, theater, and dance productions, competitive athletics, excellent art and design exhibits (including work from their world class ceramics department), numerous year-round equestrian events, and much more.  Visit their website for a more complete list of events: 


Davis Memorial Carillon (Alfred, NY)

Originally constructed in 1937 as a memorial to an Alfred University president, the 47 bells (largest: 3850 lbs.) are still played from a keyboard of oak batons atop a steel and glass tower.  The Wingate Memorial Summer Carillon Series offers recitals from outside carillonneurs every Tuesday in July at 7pm.  A historic treasure for the eyes and ears.

Stull Observatory (Alfred, NY)

See the numerous wonders of the night sky at the Stull Observatory on the campus of Alfred University.  Open to the curious public Sep.-Nov. and Feb.-April on clear Friday evenings from 9-11pm and from May-June on clear Thursday evenings from 10pm-midnight.  Observe stars, planets, galaxies, and more.



Steinheim Castle (Alfred, NY)

Currently the Career Development Center for Alfred University, this castle, built in 1875, was originally built as a home for an AU professor and made to mirror the German architecture that she had grown up around. The original structure was built completely with local rock and wood.


Terra Cotta Building (Alfred, NY)

 Built in 1892 out of the terra cotta clay found in Alfred by the Celadon Terra Cotta Company and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972

Jason Dunham Memorial(Scio, NY)

Memorial to Marine Corporal Jason Dunham (1981-2004), resident of Scio, NY; he received the Medal of Honor after he removed his helmet and placed it over a grenade to save his fellow marines in Iraq; he died of injuries from his heroic action eight days later.

The book The Gift of Valor by Michael M. Phillips recalls Jason’s life and service.

The United States Postal Office in Scio and part of Route 19 and a bridge that crosses over I-86 near Belmont have been named in his honor

David A. Howe Library (Wellsville, NY)

This beautiful, historic library (the largest in Allegany County) has a lot to offer, including over 110,000 items in their collection, magazines, music, educational DVDs, and internet.  Special events and programs ranging from children’s reading hours to musical recitals to moves, pack their weekly calendar. Georgian Colonial style building, begun in 1935 and opened in 1937.  Visited by over 100,000 people every year

Pink House (Wellsville, NY)

Italianate Pink House, built by Edwin Bradford Hall in 1868 and situated on the corner of W. State Street and S. Brooklyn Avenue in Wellsville, NY; this private Victorian home stands as a beautiful, historic, and haunted landmark.

Pioneer Oil Museum (Bolivar, NY)

Celebrate Allegany County’s rich oil history in Bolivar, NY at the oil and heritage museum, minutes away from the site where the first petroleum was discovered in the U.S. Photos, maps, machinery of South Western New York oil and gas industry and local history. Located in what used to be the McEwen Brothers Oilfield Supply Store. Pioneer Oil Days celebration June 20th – 24th