CHERRY CREEK – The community of Cherry Creek will celebrate its 200th anniversary this year with a kickoff fundraising event on Feb. 8 at the Trillium Lodge. There will be activities from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Live, acoustic guitar music will be provided and there will be a grand prize drawing for an overnight accommodation at the Turkey Roast Cabin with dinner at the Trillium Lodge.
The Community Association fundraiser is planned to help pay for costs of events throughout the year. The group plans to purchase commemorative flags to hang throughout Cherry Creek.
Other events include a parade on June 27 with local businesses portraying historical aspects of the community, including maple sugar production, farming and early industry. Assemblywoman Catherine Young, R-Olean, is scheduled to be the grand marshal of the parade.
Cherry Creek was settled by Joseph Kent in 1815. The Royalton, Vt., native moved to the area with his wife and seven children. According to the town’s historical website, the settlement grew rapidly and included a school in 1819 operated by Rueben Cheney and a sawmill in 1823 opened by William Kilburn. Mill stones were brought to Cherry Creek from Connecticut by Solomon Hinche in 1837 to grind grain.
The first newspaper printed for the area was the Cherry Creek Monitor on June 30, 1883. Charles J. Schults published the Pine Valley News in South Dayton and bought the Monitor, combining the two and moving the operation to Cherry Creek. He published the Cherry Creek News for 16 years.
The town recorded a building boom in 1874-1875, when the Jamestown Buffalo Railroad, which was later known as Buffalo Southwestern, came through. A depot was built in 1896 at a cost of $3,000. The railroad led to more shops and business interests. In 1893, the village was incorporated.