In 1808, the County of Chautauqua was formed
and divided into two towns: Chautauqua in the East & Pomfret in the
West. The Town of Ellicott was formed from this Town on June 1,
1812 and was named for Joseph Ellicott, who was the resident agent of
the Holland Land Company. Ellicott originally included what are
now the Towns of Busti (1823), Carroll (1825) and Poland (1832).
Ellicott, along with Gerry & Hanover, was one of the first three towns
admitted to the County following its original formation.
The first settler, within the present
boundaries of Ellicott, was William Wilson. He came from
Pennsylvania early in 1806 and settled on the north side of the
Chautauqua Lake outlet.
The first election
of officers for the Town of Ellicott was held on the first Tuesday of
April 1813. James Prendergast was elected the first Town
Supervisor and Ebenezer Davis was
the first Town Clerk. After 1812, settlement in the area was
rapid. By 1870 the population of the Town was 6,879.
However, that number included Village of Jamestown residents.
In 1886, the Village of Jamestown was
incorporated as a city and separated from the original Town of Ellicott.
Thus, today the Town of Ellicott surrounds the City on the north, east &
(For more detailed historical data see “A
History of Chautauqua County” by
Andrew W. Young)
Karen Livsey (716) 665-3168
It is the duty of the Historian to collect and
preserve material relating to the history of the Town and to make these
records available to the public.
Town of Ellicott is located in Southwestern New York in the southeast
corner of Chautauqua County. The Town has an approximate land area
of 30.6 square miles and a current population of 8,714
The Town abuts the City of Jamestown on the
east, north and west and has several miles of shoreline along beautiful
Chautauqua Lake. Ellicott is situated in a unique urban/rural
setting, consisting of suburbs, neighborhoods and lush rolling farmland.
In recent years, several new residential developments have been
established adding to the attraction of the Town. There are also a
total of three school districts within the Town’s boundaries including 2
high schools, 2 middle schools and 2 elementary schools.
Villages are located within the Town of
Ellicott: Celoron (pop.
1,112) and Falconer (2,420).
villages are well over a century old and contain many large and
beautiful Victorian-style homes.
The Town is proud of
its three fine fire departments:
1. The Celoron
Hose Company services Celoron and
West Ellicott. ph (716) 488-1788
2. The Falconer
Fire Dept. services Falconer &
the surrounding vicinity. ph (716) 665.6208
3. The Fluvanna
Fire Dept. services Fluvanna &
the area west of Rte. 60. ph (716) 483-8505
Three major highways traverse the Town of
1. The Southern Tier Expressway (I-86) runs
east west through the Town
2. NY State Rte. 60 runs north-south and
connects with the New York State Thruway (Rte. 90) 25 miles to the
north near Dunkirk, NY
3. NY State Rte. 394 also runs east-west
across the entire Town and the City of Jamestown
The western end of the Rte. 394 corridor,
also known as Fairmount Ave., contains many professional office
buildings and retail stores. This bustling area known as West Ellicott
has experienced rapid development during the past fifteen years.
It is the major retail area in Southern Chautauqua County.
The Town has two
iIndustrial Parks. Multinational companies such as Bush
Industries, Acu-Rite and Trinity
offices and production facilities in the industrial parks. Serta
Mattress recently constructed a
new facility in Mason
Industrial Park. The Airport
Industrial Park currently
contains acres of prime commercial development property. Other
well-known companies found within the Town include; SKF, Trucklite and Jamestown
Container Corp. Several large
retailers also have outlets in Ellicott: Sam's
Club, K-mart and Wegmans.
Most areas of the Town receive sewer and water service provided and
maintained by either the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities or South &
Center Chautauqua Lake Sewer District.. In addition, many areas
receive electrical service from the Jamestown BPU at one of the lowest
rates in the country.
The Ellicott Town
Council works closely with the Chautauqua
County IDA to bring new business
into the town.
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TOWN OF ELLICOTT
215 South Work Street
Falconer, NY 14733
Phone: (716) 665-5317
Fax" (716) 488-1160
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