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Colden in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Colden

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Colden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 6, 2017
1. Colden Marker
Inscription. Originally named Buffum Mills, Colden was renamed after the post office was moved to the Buffum Inn in 1833.

Colden residents have served their country in many conflicts from the American Revolution to the present time. In front of you is our beautiful Veteran's Wall dedicated to the Men and Women who served so we may enjoy our freedoms today.

Follow the brick path, look over the creek and to the right you will see a white picket fence and back of the white plank building known as the Buffum Inn. This building was constructed in 1828 by Richard Buffum, who in 1810 was the town's first settler. The town's first inn also housed a post office and held many community meetings. To visit this building, head to your right from here, make a left at the main corners, and look for the third building down on the left.

As you visit the Buffum Inn, note the Union Church across the road, built in 1859. In 1938 it became a Methodist Church.

Buffum Inn.

Turn around from this location and note the two wooden buildings across the street on Rt. 240. The one on the left was named the Colden Hotel, built in 1850 by John Hedges. Fine wines, liquors, hospitality and cigars were always on hand.

The building on the right of the hotel began as a general sporting goods store and became the Valley Ski Haus in 1959.
Colden Marker & Veterans Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 6, 2017
2. Colden Marker & Veterans Memorial
View is northward.
The business started out with only 10 pairs of wooden Northland skis. Later this was the first shop in WNY to stock cross-country ski equipment. This building also housed a delicatessen and barber shop.

Cazenovia Creek.

As you are strolling to see Buffum Inn, take note of Cazenovia Creek. The elevation of the creek and the need for water for grist and saw mills played an important role in establishing a settlement here. Richard Buffum built the first Grist mill in 1814 and named this area Buffum Mills. A saw mill was built near the present building on the corner of Heath Rd. and Rt. 240. This building has been the home of a country style store for over 50 years. Draw your eyes up Heath Rd. and note the additional churches that reside on the hill.

Glenwood. Drive south (to your left) down Rt. 240, enjoy the scenic hillside, and you will come to the Hamlet of Glenwood, approximately two miles from here. This hamlet was formed around 1835 when land was purchased from the Holland Land Company by Samuel B. Love and Benjamin Maltby, both from Colden, and Stephen Osborn from Newstead. Maltby built a saw mill and sold land to settlers, In 1840 small businesses soon developed including a tannery, a store and post office. Benjamin Matlby was the first postmaster.

The church on the corner of Mill Street and Rt. 240 was formed in 1829 and was known as
Colden Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 6, 2017
3. Colden Hotel
Built in 1850 by John Hedges.
a Congregational Society. It was rebuilt after a fire in 1860 and adopted as a Presbyterian Church in 1878.

Glenwood Presbyterian Church.

Continue traveling south down Rt. 240 and enjoy our Sun-Kissed hills. These provide for outdoor recreation including skiing and year round activities at Sprague Brook Park.

The Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway is a 70 mile route encompassing five towns and three villages within Erie County, New York. For a listing of points of interest signs along the byway go to www.wnyssb.org
 
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Location. 42° 38.588′ N, 78° 41.07′ W. Marker is in Colden, New York, in Erie County. Marker is on New York State Route 240 0.2 miles from Boston Colden Road (County Route 562), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8812 NY-240, Colden NY 14033, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Town of Colden Honors Our Men & Women (here, next to this marker); In Memory of Alfred M. Kalinowski (a few steps from this marker); Buffum Inn (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Buffum Homestead
The Valley Ski Haus image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 6, 2017
4. The Valley Ski Haus
Built in 1959.
(about 500 feet away); Colden United Methodist Church (about 600 feet away); Pioneer Church (approx. 2.8 miles away); Birthplace of Ellen Beach Yaw (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Viet Nam War (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colden.
 
Regarding Colden. There are two markers in the HMdb for the Buffum Inn. There is a marker in the HMdb for the Methodist church. The Veterans Wall is in the HMdb.
 
Also see . . .  Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway. (Submitted on June 7, 2017, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
Categories. Churches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers
 
Saw Mill Site & View image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 6, 2017
5. Saw Mill Site & View
Colden Country Store is the site of the first saw mill. The store appears to be shuttered. The view is Heath Street, crossing Cazenozia Creek.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 7, 2017, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 99 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 7, 2017, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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