Newstead, New York

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Newstead is the most northeastern town in Erie County, New York, United States. The population was 8,404 at the 2000 census. The name is reportedly derived from Newstead Abbey in England.

The Town of Newstead is northeast of Buffalo, New York, and its principal community is the Village of Akron.

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History

The town was first settled around 1801.

The Town of Newstead was established in 1823 as the "Town of Erie" from the eastern part of the Town of Clarence. In 1831, the town's name was changed to "Newstead", reportedly on the advice of Abigail Fillmore, who was fond of the poetry of Lord Byron.

A fire in the 1870s destroyed town records, leaving little historical information about the town between 1823 and 1870.

The discovery of Gypsum and the related cement industry helped promote the area.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 51.1 square miles (132.3 km²), of which, 51.0 square miles (132.0 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (0.27%) is water.

The Town of Newstead is in the northeast corner of the county and Tonawanda Creek defines the northern boundary..

Adjacent Cities & Towns

Major Highways in the Town of Newstead

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