The original Holland Land purchase from Robert Morris was 3,250,000 acres including the area west of the Genesse River, north to Lake Ontario, West to Lake Erie, and south to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Before Robert Morris, a Philadelphia Banker and signer of the Declaration of Independence, could give Holland Land Co. title to their purchase, it was necessary to first obtain title from the Indians. At the Treaty of Big Tree in 1791, the Indian exchanged their rights to the land in return for $100,000 and 200,000 acres to be retained and used for reservations.
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Founded in 1808, Clarence Hollow is the oldest town in Erie County NY. (Founded 4 years before Buffalo, NY.) Historic Clarence Hollow is the gateway to Western New York and Niagara Falls from the east, off I90 between exits 48A coming from the east, and 49 from the west and south. So come and explore and meet the friendly folk of Historic Clarence Hollow.
Throughout the town there is over 200 years of history to discovering architecture and lore, unique one-of-a-kind shops as well as mall shopping, a bevy of home-owned restaurant both fine and casual, and a bed and breakfast.
The list of event and attractions include: Farmers’ Market in Clarence Hollow every Saturday morning June through October. Antique World and Flea Market, NY’s Largest Indoor/Outdoor market, open year round 11am to 5pm, closed Wednesday features Expo Center Co-Op, Premier Antique Center, WNY Antique Center, 3 Old Dogs Antiques and Clarence Antique Mall. The Great Pumpkin Festival and Scarecrow Festival in September and October. Clarence Hollow free Summer Orchestra Concerts in July and August. Clarence Biking and Hiking Trails, between Clarence Hollow and Akron NY, and Akron and Clarence Center offer, about 18 miles of trails. Clarence Historical Museum, tour the original workshop where Clarence resident and inventor Wilson Greatbatch invented the implantable cardiac pacemaker. Tillman Road Wildlife Sanctuary Management Area, a self-guided nature walk, where deer, Canada geese, ducks, herons, and hawks are residents. Escarpment Sanctuary – a trail off Greiner Rd. provides a short walk into the town’s geologic past. The Onondaga Escarpment- was the edge of an ancient lake. The cliff is 50-70 feet high and is composed of layers of limestone and dolomite .
Clarence Hollow is only about 30-35 minutes from Niagara Falls, 30 minutes to Lockport and the Erie Canal, where one can take a cruise through the only double lock on the entire Erie Canal. www.Lockportlocks.com Nearby one can visit over 20 wineries featuring many national award winning wines. www.NiagaraWineTrail.org Clarence Hollow is the home for over 39 years of the Asa Ransom House B&B Country Inn featuring many of the award winning wines in their dining room. Tour the Asa Ransom at www.asaransom.com