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The town of Amherst was created by the State of New York on April 10, 1818; named after Lord Jeffrey Amherst. Amherst was formed from part of the town of Buffalo (later the city of Buffalo), which had previously been created from the town of Clarence. Timothy S. Hopkins was elected the first supervisor of the town of Amherst in 1819. Part of Amherst was later used to form the town of Cheektowaga on March 22, 1839.

The opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 spurred the development of Amherst with new settlers and commerce. German settlers in particular settled in the northern part of Amherst because of the developing farms in the area. Nearby water resources in Amherst attracted commerce companies such as Grist Mills, Saw Mills, and several other companies populated the area around Ellicott Creek.



The Erie Canal

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village