Town of Canisteo Historian and DAR member,
Leora Wilson Drake, wrote in a 1975/76 brochure, "We are indebted to
the Senecas, of the Iroquois Confederacy, for the name of our town -
Kanestio or Canisteo, as it is now used - Te-car-nase-teo, meaning
literally 'board on the water,' but more generally construed to mean
'head of navigation'."
In 1690, a French expedition reportedly arrived to find a primitive
boomtown inhabited by Indians and claimed it in the name of
The area had an outlaw reputation and the village was burned to the
ground by the British in 1754.
Pioneers from Elmira searched for the famous "hidden valley" in
1788 and a permanent settlement was established in 1789.
The Canisteo River rises in the hills of northern Allegany County,
approximately 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Dansville. It flows east
into northern Steuben County, then generally southeast past Hornell
and Canisteo. It joins the Tioga from the west in southeastern Steuben
County, approximately 10 miles (16 km) north of the Pennsylvania state
line and 5 miles (8 km) southwest of Corning.
On December 11, 1897, the Kanestio Valley Chapter Daughters of the
American Revolution was granted a charter. The members were 20
patriotic women from the Hornell-Canisteo area.
McConnell (Mrs. Benton), 1897-1903, was the organizing regent.
chapter meets once a month, at the Kanestio Historical Society, in the
months of April, May, June, September, October, and November. Weather
permitting, we also participate in local parades and community events.
The chapter also does a quarterly newsletter for members; this enables
those who cannot attend meetings to keep up with current events. We
have twenty-five members at present. New members are always
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