Hamburg is a town in Erie County, New York, United States. It is named after the city of Hamburg, in Germany. The town is on the western border of the county and is south of Buffalo. Hamburg is one of the Southtowns in Erie County. The villages of Hamburg and Blasdell are in the town. The town of Hamburg was formed by government decree on March 20, 1812, from the (now defunct) town of Willink. The first town meeting took place on April 7, 1812, at Jacob Wright’s tavern at Wright’s Corners, which was renamed Abbott’s Corners, and now Armor. One of the early noted activities of the town board that year was to place a $5 bounty on wolf hides, due to the complaints of the local settlers who were being bothered by them.
The Erie County Fair is situated on a 275-acre (111 ha) plot of land near the village of Hamburg. The fair, operated by Strates Shows, runs for twelve days in August and is the third-largest county fair in the United States. The Seaway Trail, a National Scenic Byway, travels through Hamburg on New York Route 5, along the Lake Erie shoreline. The Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center, a seasonal visitors information center with exhibits and public waterfront access, is in Hamburg. Woodlawn Beach State Park, on the shore of Lake Erie, was opened as a state park in 1996, and has been operated since 2011 by the town of Hamburg under a ten-year agreement with New York State.
Hilbert College is in the town of Hamburg, north of the village of Hamburg. A portion of the south campus of Erie Community College is in the eastern part of the town. The primary public school districts in the town are the Frontier Central School District and the Hamburg Central School District consisting of one high school (Hamburg High School and Frontier High School), one middle school, and four elementary schools. The districts enroll a combined total of about 10,000 students.