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Welcome to Lancaster, NY

Overview

Lancaster is a town in the northeastern area of Erie County, bordered to the north by Clarence, to the east by Alden, to the south by Elma and to the west by Cheektowaga. Included in the town is a village also called Lancaster and half of the village of Depew (which the town shares with Cheektowaga). Lancaster has several parks and historical buildings, including the oldest stone structure in Erie County, the Warren Hull House. The town has evolved from a small town to a bustling suburban community, with rapid growth starting in the early 1990s. 


Essentials

Central Avenue in the village of Lancaster is the busiest street in the village and has many shops and boutiques. Other retail can be found in nearby Cheektowaga, which has a Target store, and at Eastern Hills Mall in Williamsville. For grocery shopping, the village of Depew has two Wegmans stores, on Transit Road and on Dick Road. Depew also has three Tops Friendly Markets: two on Transit Road and one on Broadway. 



Recreation & Entertainment

The Lancaster Opera House, in a 19th century building, still hosts plays and musicals. Elegant Builders Raceway Park is the place to go for drag racing and stock car racing. Lancaster has several parks and waterways for outdoor fun. Some of the biggest annual events are held in the village of Lancaster, including a Fourth of July parade, the Taste of Lancaster food festival and the Lancaster/Depew high school football game, which dates back to 1919. Lancaster has two large movie theater complexes: Flix Stadium 10 and Transit Center Stadium 18, both of which are on busy Transit Road.



Transportation & Traffic

The New York State Thruway runs east-west through the town of Lancaster. Other major highways include Route 20 (also known as Transit Road and Broadway) and Route 78, which run north-south, and Route 33, which goes east-west.



Pros & Cons

Lancaster has two villages which have an abundance of activities and entertainment and shopping options. The town has several old buildings that will appeal to history buffs. The town has grown a lot since the early 1990s and now has a mostly suburban feel.