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Lancaster (village), New York

Lancaster Village Municipal Building
Lancaster Village Municipal Building
Location in Erie County and the state of New York.
Location in Erie County and the state of New York.
Country United States
State New York
County Erie
Incorporated 1849
 • Mayor Paul M. Maute
 • Trustees

Kenneth L. O'Brien III Edward M. Marki

William C. Schroeder
 • Total 2.7 sq mi (7.0 km2)
 • Land 2.7 sq mi (7.0 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 10,352
 • Density 3,800/sq mi (1,500/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 14086
Area code(s) 716
FIPS code 36-41135

Lancaster is a village in Erie County, New York, United States. As of the 2010 census, the village population was 10,352. It is part of the BuffaloNiagara Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The Village of Lancaster is in the west part of the Town of Lancaster and is east of Buffalo, New York.

The Lancaster Opera House is locally famous for its musicals and stage plays. The current mayor is Paul Maute.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Historic buildings 3
    • Points of interest 3.1
    • Streets in Lancaster 3.2
  • Demographics 4
  • Major highways 5
  • Media 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The Village of Lancaster was incorporated in 1849 from part of the Town of Lancaster. Lancaster is the third oldest incorporated village in Erie County, behind the Village of Springville, New York, and the Village of Gowanda, New York. The village is proud of its historic past and emphasizes preservation of its historic buildings. Lancaster was formerly known as "Cayuga Creek." The Village of Lancaster's North boundary is Walden Ave, the eastern edge is Walter Winter Road, the Southern edge of the Village is the Northernly boundary of the former Buffalo Creek Indian Reservation. The Western boundary is a former farm-lot line which is now Brunswick Road. The Village of Lancaster is one of about 30 communities in New York with historic districts.

The oldest house in the village is the Carpenter- Draper House, built in 1831. The Lancaster Presbyterian Church is the second oldest religious structure in Erie County, built in 1832.

Churches in the Village of Lancaster include Lancaster Presbyterian Church, St. John's Lutheran, Trinity Episcopal, and Faith United Methodist. Catholic churches include St. Mary of the Assumption, and Our Lady of Pompeii.

In 1894 The Lancaster Opera House was built. This building is still the main focus of the downtown Lancaster area because of its massive size and its clock tower. Lancaster Town offices are also located in the building. This leads people to call the building both The Opera House and Town Hall.

The Central Ave./ Broadway area is the downtown business area in the village. The former W. Main St. was also at one time another major business street in the downtown area. However, today very few businesses are located on the street due to its demolition in the early 70's. In the near future, West Main will be re-extended all the way to Aurora/N. Aurora/St. Mary's Sts. intersection, as it had before the demolition.

Four Railroads (Erie RR, Lehigh Valley RR, Delaware, Lackawanna and Western RR, and New York Central RR once traversed the village, however only two remain. The fifth railroad in the town, the West Shore RR did not go through the village, but did have a station in Bowmansville, which is a hamlet the northwestern part of the town. Each railroad had a station on Central Ave.

A trolley once went through the village, down Como Park Blvd. from the City of Buffalo, to Lake Ave., to Church St., to East Main St. (now Broadway), to Central Ave., and then finally to Sawyer Ave. The trolly then continued into the connecting Village of Depew, where Sawyer Ave. turned into Main St. as it entered the Village of Depew.

Several fires have caused much damage over the years to the downtown area. The Great Fire of 1894 destroyed much of the west side of Central Ave., and The Grimes-Davis Mansion, which stood at the corner of Broadway and Central Ave. A gas station now occupies the site.

The Village includes part of Como Lake Park, an Erie County Park. The rest of the park lies in the town.

Church Street, a street off Broadway, contains many architecturally significant homes.

Lancaster's first immigrants were Dutch. Then Germans came in the mid-1800s who then founded St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church. Italian immigrants were the last to populate the village area. They then founded Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church.

St. John Neumann was a circuit priest in the mid-1800s around the Buffalo suburb area. St. Mary of the Assumption Church (St. Mary's on the Hill) was one of his stops. He celebrated mass there once a month. St. John Neumann played a big part in the building of the church and school.


Lancaster is located at (42.900408, −78.67303).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.0 km²), of which, 2.7 square miles (7.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.10%) is water.

The village is located on Cayuga Creek and U.S. Highway 20 (Broadway).

Historic buildings

The following structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places listings in Erie County, New York: Bruce-Briggs Brick Block, DePew Lodge No. 823, Free and Accepted Masons, Clark-Lester House, John Richardson House, Lancaster Municipal Building, Liebler-Rohl Gasoline Station, Miller-Mackey House, Dr. John J. Nowak House, John P. Sommers House, US Post Office-Lancaster, Herman B. VanPeyma House, and Zuidema-Idsardi House.[2]

Points of interest

Central Ave. in the downtown area is the busiest street in the village, along with Broadway. The downtown area contains shops and boutiques.

Como Lake Park in the village is a place to congregate. The lighthouse in Como Lake Park on Cayuga Creek is a place for people of many ages to gather.

Broadway has many large houses and mansions that are architecturally significant. Many of these houses have been changed into businesses and offices. Broadway also contains many historical Protestant churches.

St. Mary's Cemetery is a historical cemetery located behind St. Mary of the Assumption Church.

Lancaster Town Hall, also known as the Opera House, is located on Central Ave.

The Lancaster Municipal Building is located on Broadway. It contains all of the village offices, including one of the two village fire halls. The other fire hall is located on W. Drullard Ave.

Keysa Park contains a public swimming pool. It is located on Vandenburg Ave.

Streets in Lancaster

Many of the streets in Lancaster are very large and wide, complimented with large, old trees. Broadway has the oldest trees, while Burwell Ave. and Sawyer Ave. are the widest residential streets.

Most of Central Ave. north of Sawyer Ave. and south of Hinchey Ave. is below grade level. The reason for this is that 3 of the 4 bridges that carry railroads are very close together. All of the streets coming into Central Ave. must slant downwards toward Central Ave. The houses on Central Ave. are above street level. Central Ave. is also very wide.

Many of Lancaster's streets still contain original brick underneath the pavement.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 11,188 people, 4,726 households, and 2,958 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,155.0 people per square mile (5.8/km²). There were 4,908 housing units at an average density of 1,822.7 per square mile (704.5/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.62% White, 0.32% Black or African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.81% of the population.

There were 4,726 households out of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.3% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.4% were non-families. 32.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the village the population was spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 91.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $40,149, and the median income for a family was $53,514. Males had a median income of $39,772 versus $25,839 for females. The per capita income for the village was $20,308. About 3.1% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.4% of those under age 18 and 8.7% of those age 65 or over.

Major highways

  • U.S. Route 20 (Broadway) An East-West highway running through the Village and Town of Lancaster.
  • New York State Route 952Q (Walden Ave.) An East-West highway through the Village and Town Lancaster. Walden Ave. is the longest non-parkway New York State Reference Route. Walden's reference route number is not signed, but still has reference markers, and is maintained by New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) as other signed routes are.


  • The Buffalo News
  • Lancaster Source
  • Lancaster Bee


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  3. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder".  

External links

  • Official village website
  • Lancaster Information
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