During 2012 the Eden Bicentennial Committee coordinated many activities to celebrate Eden’s 200th birthday. This site preserves the memories of many of the events and activities that took place to commemorate Eden’s Bicentennial.
In 2012 the Town of Eden, NY shared its 200th birthday with two other towns, Hamburg and Concord, which were also formed in 1812. The three towns were originally part of one large township named Willink, which included all of Erie County south of the center of the Buffalo Creek Reservation. It was named for the four Dutch brothers who owned large shares of stock in the Holland Land Purchase.
On March 20 and March 21, 1812, Willink was divided into four towns: Eden, Hamburg, Willink and Concord. Willink no longer exists. At the time, Eden included the areas of the current towns of Brant, Evans and part of Boston.
Within months of becoming a new town, Eden residents prepared for war as in June, the U.S. declared war against England (War of 1812) and there was the possible threat of invasion. According to history, a British vessel, the Queen Charlotte, cruised along the lake shore and sometimes sent a crew ashore to plunder the inhabitants of Hamburg and Eden (now Evans). As time went on the Town of Eden continued to have sections split off and other municipalities were formed.