Free day at the museums Saturday

The Cattaraugus County Museum and 22 not-for-profit societies and museums want to offer you a “free day at the museums,” Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Plan a day trip, pack a lunch, enjoy the ride and join us.

Additional descriptive information and maps are available on line at each museum’s website or by going on line to Enchanted Mountains Cattaraugus County (arts to museums).

Allegany Area Historical Association, 25 N. Second St., Allegany, in the former United Methodist Church constructed in 1855. Contact F. Potter 372-2918.

Ashford Historical Society Museum, School. St., West Valley. Call 942-3885 or 942-6669. Special event, 10 a.m. to noon, demonstration of sauerkraut making.

Cattaraugus Area Historical Museum, 25 Main St., Cattaraugus. A two-story former bank on Main Street housing artifacts of the village and a replica of the Statue of Liberty. Call 257-3429 or 257-3971.

American Museum of Cutlery, 9 Main St., Cattaraugus, showcases premier examples of knives, swords, edged tools, and weapons. Email or call 257-3429 or 257-9813.

Dayton Historical Museum, 9561 Route 62, Dayton. (Contact R. Bennett, Historian 532-3758.

East Otto Historical Museum, 8982 Reed Hill Road (next to the fire hall), East Otto. Contact M. Gogel, Historian 257-3337.

Ellicottville Historical Society Museum, 2 Washington St., Ellicottville. Contact Town Historian Mary E. Dunbar 699-2163.

Gowanda Historical Museum, 2 Chestnut St., Gowanda, features history of the area and is within walking distance of the Gowanda Village Historic District, a dozen plus buildings in the late 19th, and early 20th century classical revival building styles by architects Cornelius W. and George Rapp. Call 532-4064.

Ischua Valley Historical Society, 9 Pine St., Franklinville. Call 676-2590 or 676-4018.

Leon Historical Society, 62 Main St., Leon, located in the United Methodist Church, a Greek and Gothic Revival style building erected in 1836-37. It is listed on the National Historic Register of Historic Places. Call 296-5709 for information. Special event for the day is an Amish and English Quilting Bee.

Mansfield Area Historical Society Museum, 7691 Toad Hollow Road, Eddyville. Call 257-9288. Special event of the day is a presentation on the Old Chautauqua Road at noon.

Olean Point Museum of Local History, 302 Laurens St., Olean, is a converted carriage house on the Bartlett House property. It depicts the history of Olean since its founding in 1808. Contact information: same as Bartlett House.

Fannie E. Bartlett House, 302 Laurens St., Olean. Call 376-5642.

Medora Ball Museum, East Main St., Otto. Call 257-9479.

Perrysburg Historical Museum, Town Hall, 10460 Peck Hill Road, Perrysburg. Items on display include a scale model of the J. N. Adams Sanitarium (20′ x 9′), a Sanitarium 1850s signature quilt, Native American artifacts and information about the Thomas Indian School. Call 532-1558.

Portville Historical & Preservation Society, 17 Maple Ave., Portville. Call 933-8917.

Randolph Historical Society, 28 Jamestown St., Randolph, Contact information

Salamanca Historical Society Museum, 125 Main St., Salamanca, located in a restored 1882, three-story bank. (Contact information: Historical Museum 945-2946).

Salamanca Rail Museum, 170 Main St., Salamanca. Call 945-3133.

Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure. Call 375-2494.

Arcade Historical Society, 331 West Main St., Arcade. Call 492-4466.

Concord Historical Society, Springville. Call 592-0094.

Cattaraugus County Museum & Research Center, 9824 Route 16, Machias. Special events are a talk on the history and use of the rase knife with a display of pictures and actual knives by Allan Fish at 10:15 a.m. Also “Abe Lincoln” will split rails and demonstrate how to construct a rail fence zig-zag design using period tools at 12:30 p.m. Call 353-8200.