As the Erie Canal opened up the nation's interior to the industrialized East, businessmen were eager to exploit the now-accessible natural resources of Western New York. Stephen White and the East Boston Timber Company found just what they were looking for on Grand Island.
Traditional, yet progressive, the sister of “Grant’s Indian” left a lasting impact on both the Victorian and Native societies she touched.
Buffalo has long been known for unique residential designs commissioned by the city's elite. But middle-class Buffalonians were not deprived of well-designed homes. Plan book houses were affordable and attractive, with numerous examples in Western New York.
H.H. Richardson's towers get the publicity but the land now used by Buffalo State College was much more than a psychiatric ward. The author remembers her childhood growing up on the farm that served the Buffalo State Hospital in the 1920s and 30s.
Harry Yates' massive barn in Orchard Park is threatened by development.
The Montezuma Swamp may be outside our immediate area, but it is familiar to us all from travel on the NYS Thruway. Doug Farley tells the story of how this immense obstacle was overcome in the building of the Great Erie Canal.
The Van Horn Mansion has deep roots in Niagara County history. The prominent brick building, dating back to 1823, is being restored to reflect the glory days of the Van Horn family.
Riverlawn, the 350-acre estate of the Spaulding and Sidway families, was incorporated into the Beaver Island State Park on Grand Island.