Our small, historical village nestles in
the foothills of Allegany County, conveniently located near Alfred
University, Alfred State College, Houghton College, and St. Bonaventure
University, but anywhere in the village is an amble away.
Angelica is a small town with a population of 1000 friendly folks,
people who cherish their small-town lifestyle, a unique blend of the
past and present with a watchful eye on the future. Stroll our tree-lined streets, visit our antique and country shops,
rest a while in the Park and begin to understand why Angelicans call
their home, "A Town Where History Lives."
Angelica was to be a planned
community. Evert Van Wickle, land agent and surveyor for the Church
family, built the first framed house west of Bath, New York, in
1802; this year marks the 205th anniversary of the oldest structure
in Allegany County.
Moses Van Campen, an Indian fighter
and Revolutionary War hero, worked as surveyor for Church. He soon
became involved in government affairs, serving as treasurer and
Rev. Calvin Fairbanks: Methodist
preacher, Rev. Calvin
Fairbank, confined in prison 17 years for freeing 47 slaves in
Kentucky, is also buried here.
At approximately the same time, two families of
French political exiles, the DuPonts and the d'Autremonts, arrived
in Angelica. Members of both families showed an active interest in
humanitarian and public affairs.