The history of Western New York’s European settlement is fraught with interconnected events and relationships, including some between several well-known characters.
Log buildings, the quintessential symbol of the American spirit, have a rich history in WNY. A few of these venerable edifices still remain, including the Gipple Cabin in the town of Lancaster, the oldest surviving building in Erie County.
A history of the legal, financial and physical problems of opening Western New York to settlement, with emphasis on how the great survey of 1797 to 1800 was carried out by chief surveyor, Joseph Ellicott.
The adventuresome life of this pioneer merchant is intertwined with several major formative events in Niagara Frontier history. In 1840, Thompson also became the first popularly elected mayor of Buffalo.
Painstaking restorative efforts have made this early 19th-century log cabin the best surviving example of housing built by the earliest Holland Land Purchase settlers.
The incredible 600-mile trek of a farmer and his family from Vermont to Western New York in 1811.
The editor takes a look at famed artist Thomas Cole's work relating to WNY.
As a medical doctor and a military colonel, Cyrenius Chapin's reputation often preceded him along the Niagara Frontier. Erie County Historian Doug Kohler looks at the influential character.