Imagine, its 1832, on Main Street in Williamsville, a busy and bustling place, much like it is now. In the heart of the Village, at the 'crossroads' of this frontier town, stood The Eagle House Tavern. The Conestoga Wagon line carried freight & passengers to the newly prospering city of Buffalo. They stopped in the Village of Williamsville once a day. Williamsville became a nightly stop over for folks traveling between Buffalo and Batavia. Can you imagine the wagon wheels on the dirt road ? horses tied up outside while shouts of merriment floated through our tavern doors?
The Holland Land Co. was a surveying company that charged the scenic route along Main Street and Elllicott Creek. Regarding Williamsville, they decreed, "Bird, beef and bottle with a bed for the weary traveler." When we opened our doors in a hot meal would have cost about 25 cents and a bed for the night another 10 cents. Evidence in Williamsville's history suggests that The Eagle House was possibly a station for the Underground Railroad. The tunnel system beneath the Eagle House and north side of Main Street lends some proof of that.
Come join us during Local Restaurant Week at one of the most historic places and oldest restaurant in Erie County. You will enjoy a taste of history, enjoy the memorabilia and menus on the wall that give a nod to our place in history in the Village.
Open seven days a week, lunch and dinner. We hope you come and discover our place, The Eagle House, and soak in the ambiance and know the great strides we take every day to preserve the character and carry on the fine tradition of hospitality, still offering 'bird, beef and bottle" for our hometown customers and visitors alike.