Orchard Park is a town in Erie County, New York, United States, and a suburb southeast of Buffalo. The town contains a village also named Orchard Park. Orchard Park is one of the “Southtowns” of Erie County. In 1803, Didymus C. Kinney and wife Phebe (Hartwell) purchased land and built a cabin in the southwest corner of the township, which has since been turned into a museum. The following year, a migration of Quaker settlers began. The town was separated from the town of Hamburg in 1850 and was first named “Ellicott”, after Joseph Ellicott, an agent of the Holland Land Company. Within months, the name was changed to the town of “East Hamburgh”. Around 1934, the town was renamed “Orchard Park” after its principal settlement. The Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburgh Railroad Station and the Johnson-Jolls Complex are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The annual Quaker Arts Festival, an outdoor art and craft show, is held each year on the third weekend of September, on the campus of Orchard Park Middle School. It was organized in the 1960s by Orchard Parkers John Coleman of The Suburban Press and Chet Seymour of the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, and was originally held on the grounds of the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church. In its early days, the festival was cosponsored by the newspaper and the church. The festival is now cosponsored by the Orchard Park Jaycees and Bee Publications.
Orchard Park is home to Taffy’s Hot Dog Stand at the corner of U.S. Route 20 and NY Rtes 240 & 277. Teds Hot Dogs is located about a 1/8 of a mile north. Duffs, Zebbs, Homegrown Bistro, Mangia and The Byrd House are other restaurants in town. The town is also home of the 3000th Tim Hortons restaurant location as well as Spot Coffee and Panera. Additional Orchard Park restaurants include Mighty Taco, a Buffalo-area chain restaurant, Charlie the Butcher, located adjacent to a Noco gas station, and the pizzerias Capelli’s and Ricotta’s, located within walking distance from each other on N. Buffalo Rd. National chains include and are not limited to Red Robin, Denny’s, McDonald’s and Wendy’s.
The Orchard Park Central School District operates four K-5 elementary schools (Eggert, Ellicott, South Davis, and Windom), Orchard Park Middle School, and Orchard Park High School. The mascot for the Orchard Park’s athletic teams is a Quaker. Bryant & Stratton College is in Orchard Park. Erie Community College (ECC) is at the western town line. Orchard Park also has a number of private, Catholic schools, including Nativity and St. John Vianney. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (pre-k through 8), closed in 2014 after exhaustive research conducted by the Diocese of Buffalo on demographics, finances and educational relevance.