Payne Estate

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Payne Estate


The area north of Wheatfield Street and on both sides of Payne Avenue--formerly the farm and dwelling of early resident and major landholder Colonel Lewis Payne--was developed for residential use starting around 1914. Stanley, Bennett and Evans Streets stand where "Payne Hill" was knocked flat, its fill going to the Hi-Speed trolley embankment.

Other portions were set aside for use in schools (the North Tonawanda High School and Colonel Payne school).

The land for Payne Park and Memorial Pool is given in Edward Payne's 1938 will. A provision in the Payne Holding Corp. deed of June 14, 1938 states, "This, conveyance is made and taken upon condition that the land as above described shall be used and maintained as and for a public park to be known as Payne Park."