Place:Forestville, Chautauqua, New York, United States


Alt namesForrestvillesource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS36009466
Coordinates42.472°N 79.174°W
Located inChautauqua, New York, United States
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Forestville is a village in Chautauqua County, New York, United States. The population was 697 at the 2010 census.

The Village of Forestville is within the Town of Hanover and in the northeast part of the county.

The Forestville Apple Festival is held yearly, the first weekend in October. It features products from the apple harvest, a craft fair, parade, special events and a harvest dinner.

The "Bell Tower" at the High School is the oldest standing brick structure in the north county. A barn or carriage house located at 27 Lodi street is the oldest standing wooden structure in northern Chautauqua County.


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The first settlers were the Tupper brothers in 1805. The community began in 1808 as "Walnut Falls." Also known as "Moore's Hills," the name was changed to "Forestville" in 1820. The Village of Forestville was incorporated in 1848.

Past residents of note

  • George Abbott, the famous Broadway producer and playwright, was born in Forestville on June 25, 1887. A New York State historical marker honoring Abbott was placed on Main Street and unveiled by the Hanover Historian (Vincent P. Martonis) on June 25, 2008. Others of note are Dr. Eleanor E. Burnsides, and Roscoe B. Martin.
  • Edgar Anderson, notable botanist
  • Cyrus D. Angell Major landowner in Forestville and surrounding area in the 19th century; noted for developing the Belt Theory of oil discovery, that oil existed in 'belts' akin to underground rivers, giving rise to a practice of "Yardstick Geology". A number of local landmarks along "Angell Road" are named after Cyrus D. Angell.
  • William J. Colvill, Union colonel in the American Civil War who led the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry in the Battle of Gettysburg, former Minnesota Attorney General and US Congressman from Minnesota.
  • Les Dye, former NFL player

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