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.
The full article is available in the Winter 2003 Issue.
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.
Research and renovation efforts are reviving this early 19th century home and farmstead to create a cultural heritage site for visitors to enjoy.
In the 1920s, a fire ravaged Gowanda and left only a pile of rubble where its grand Opera House once stood. The community was devastated, but a local businessman was waiting in the wings to construct its next great movie playhouse.