Holland, Aurora and Wales were founded nearly 200 years ago, and the three towns in southern Erie County are planning celebrations in 2018 to celebrate.
The towns have unveiled their bicentennial logos. Each is planning individual celebrations starting next year and joint events. Highlights of the celebrations will include the Tulip Festival in Holland, the Third of July celebration and Reunion Weekend in Aurora and a Picnic in the Park July 15, 2018, in Wales.
Plans are under way to host a “Charter Day” event on April 15, 2018 and for the town boards to hold a joint meeting on on March 2, 2019, the 200th anniversary of their first board meetings.
The bicentennial marks the anniversary of the division of the Town of Willink into the towns of Aurora, Holland and Wales in 1818 and 1819. Between 1819 and 1827, the Town of Holland also included present-day Colden, according to Aurora town historian Robert Lowell Goller.