Bowmansville, New York

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Bowmansville, New York
Bowmansville is located in New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 42°56′27″N 78°41′5″W / 42.94083°N 78.68472°W / 42.94083; -78.68472Coordinates: 42°56′27″N 78°41′5″W / 42.94083°N 78.68472°W / 42.94083; -78.68472
Country United States
State New York
County Erie
Town Lancaster
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 716

Bowmansville is a hamlet located in the town of Lancaster in Erie County, New York, United States.[1] It is named after Benjamin Bowman, the owner of sawmills on Ellicott Creek in the center of the hamlet.


Bowmansville is located at 42°56′27″N 78°41′5″W / 42.94083°N 78.68472°W / 42.94083; -78.68472 (42.562793, -78.410556).[2] Bowmansville is in the northwest corner of the town and is centered on the Genesee Street Bridge (NY Route 33) over a cataract in Ellicott Creek. Downstream from Bowmansville, in the town of Cheektowaga, bordered by Ellicott Creek, is the Pfohl Brothers Landfill, a Superfund site.


The first settlers of the town of Lancaster, as near as can be ascertained, were James and Asa Woodward, in 1803, in Bowmansville. In 1808 a road was cut from Buffalo through Lancaster village eastward, and in the same year Daniel Robinson built the first sawmill in town at Bowmansville. In about 1810 Benjamin Bowman purchased this mill and built another, and ever since then the place has been designated by his name. The gristmills were owned by the Bowman family for about fifty years; the gristmill passed to John Pentelow and is now abandoned. Bowmansville also had a train station for the West Shore Railroad just off Maple Drive north of the hamlet.


Significant businesses in the area include Schmitt's Audi Volkswagen, founded in 1921, on Genesee Street, Salvatore's Italian Gardens Restaurant on Transit Road, the former Harris Hill Golf Center (closed in 2015), and the offices of Dr. Philip Penepent, also on Genesee Street. Greg's Tree Service, a tree cutting company of the Buffalo area, is located in Bowmansville. The Sojka family operates the business.


Bowmansville contains the Bowmansville Volunteer Fire Department, located at 36 Main Street.

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Notable residents[edit]

  • Adolf family
  • Amenta family
  • Bowman family
  • DioGuardi family
  • Friedrich family
  • Gruhler family
  • Marinelli family
  • Orel family
  • Robinson family
  • Schmitt family
  • Sojka family
  • Ulrich family (immigrated from Württemberg, Germany in 1840s)