Forestville, New York

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Forestville is a village in Chautauqua County, New York, United States. The population was 770 at the 2000 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.



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, Roscoe B. Martin, and Cyrus D. Angell.


Forestville is located at 42°28′18″N 79°10′27″W / 42.47167°N 79.17417°W / 42.47167; -79.17417 (42.471658, -79.174028)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.5 km²), all of it land.

New York State Route 39, passes (east-west) through the village as its main street and intersects county routes 85, 87, and 89. Walnut Creek is joined by Tupper Brook north of the village and flows northward to Lake Erie.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 770 people, 304 households, and 209 families residing in the village. The population density was 787.9123 people per square mile (303.4/km²). There were 324 housing units at an average density of 331.5/sq mi (127.7/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 95.45% White, 0.26% African American, 1.04% Native American, 1.43% from other races, and 1.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.47% of the population. Of note, there is an estimated 91% of the population that is classified as "white".

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