Arkport Historical Society

aka Canisteo Valley Historical Society



Under the original Constitution it states that “The purpose of this Society shall be the collection and preservation of Historical Knowledge to the territory known as the Canisteo Valley in the County of Steuben, State of New York, and in doing so promote the better understanding and appreciation of our American heritage.”

[Editor’s note: You can help us to preserve our local history by donating old items to the historical society instead of discarding them out when you’re cleaning yours or your parents’ houses whether it’s to downsize or sell. You never know what might be of interest.]

Arkport Historical Society

aka Canisteo Valley Historical Society

  1. P.O. Box 123

Arkport, New York 14807

Nancy Amidon Glover, President


Richard Smith, Vice President

Dorothy Jones Dunham, Secretary

LuAnn Skillman Hartwell, Treasurer

  1. *The large picture above is looking from East Avenue down towards Main Street, Arkport.  Note the dirt streets and sidewalk.  Also the yellow building on the left was the Hawkins House, which was a hotel.  Picture was from the late 1800’s era.

  2. *The top smaller picture is of an ark used to transport timber, potash and grains. The arks were not used after about 1830.  The muck crops, like celery, were not a factor until over 65 years later, beginning 1895-98, after the Great Marsh was cleared and the land became tillable as muckland.  After 1851, railroads were used to transport.(artist unknown)

  3. *The bottom small picture is of the Arkport Creamery.  (Note the tall smoke stacks.) Also in the picture is Flanders’ Restaurant.