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Williamsville (V)

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Williamsville is a village in Erie County, New York in the USA. The population was 5,573 at the 2000 census. The village is named after Jonas Williams, an early settler. The Village of Williamsville is located mostly within the town of Amherst, but Creek Road and Creek Heights in the south part of the village is in the town of Cheektowaga. The village is in the northeastern quadrant of Erie County. Bordering Amherst are Clarence on the east, Pendleton on the north, Buffalo on the west and Cheektowaga on the south. It is northeast of Buffalo, New York. The Village of Williamsville was incorporated in 1850 and is one of over 550 incorporated Villages chartered by the State of New York.
The community developed where the major road between Batavia, New York and Buffalo crossed Ellicott Creek just above Glen Falls. The waterpower offered by the waterfall attracted millers. Several other mills were built near Glen Falls during the 19th century. In 1841, a raceway was constructed to diverted water from Ellicott Creek to the mills, creating an island known today as Island Park. American troops were stationed in Williamsville in the area between Garrison Road and Ellicott Creek. American soldiers and British prisoners were treated in a field hospital and log barracks that lined Garrison Road. General Winfield Scott used the Evans House as his headquarters in the spring of 1813 when his entire armies of 5,000 to 6,000 men were stationed in Williamsville.
Located behind Town Hall, this park is the scene of many Village functions including Old Home Days, the Savor-the-Flavor/Taste of Williamsville Food Festival, Music in the Park Series and Christmas Caroling in the Pines. It contains swings, slides, climbing apparatus, barbecue grills and a two foot wading pool. There are two picnic shelters which may be rented by area residents with preference being given to those residents residing in the Village of Williamsville. Various shelters are available for use or rental in Island Park and Garrison Park. It can also be considered as the preeminent, historical and potential tourism place in New York.

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