Located in New York's Southern Tier, the Village of Wellsville has about
5,200 residents; making it the largest municipality in Allegany County.
The Town of Wellsville has an additional 3,000 residents who live outside
the Village. Both the Town and Village have their own offices in
the Municipal Building, located at 156 North Main Street.
Wellsville, as the largest community in Allegany County, has
traditionally been considered the shopping center for southern Allegany
County and northern Potter County in Pennsylvania.
Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, with the Genesee River flowing through it, Wellsville has much natural beauty. Forested hillsides are interspersed with picturesque farms. From North Hill, Norton Summite, Niles Hill, Alma Hill and other peaks, it's possible to see sweeping vistas of the surrounding countryside.
Entering Wellsville from the north, a visitor sees stately homes, many of them built during the area's oil boom in the early 20th Century, and the Wellsville Country Club, with one of the finest 18-hole courses in western New York. The Genesee River and Dyke Creek converge in the Village; at their confluence is Island park and an adjoining recreational area that conatins several ball fields.
Throughout the community are several fine examples of architecture, including the Pink House, an outstanding example of Italianate Victorian, and the David A. Howe Public Library, a beautiful example of Georgian style. There are also many fine churches, including the classic Gothic Immaculate Conception Church on Maple Avenue, built of Warsaw Stone, quarried from nearby Wyoming County. Stone for the church foundation and interior walls came from nearby farms.
Downtown Wellsville retains much of its early 20th Century charm, with most of its buildings in fair to good condition. Economically, it continues to thrive with only a 4% vacancy rate for Main Street storefronts.
The Village of Wellsville, through a low-interest revolving loan program, has been able to assist several of the new businesses as they start up. For more information about the loan program, which is tied to job creation, contact the Alflred Housing Committee at (585) 593-6353.