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From The Town of Lincoln Website:
The Story of an Ontario Town
Lincoln is located in the heart of Niagara region, with one of the most diverse economies in Niagara including agriculture, small advanced manufacturing, and health care. Lincoln is currently the fourth fastest growing municipality in Niagara, with a focus on developing a complete community.
Our towns and villages are filled with over 50 wineries, fresh fruit, vegetables, and flowers, heritage and cultural sites, and natural attractions such as the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario.
The Town of Lincoln came into existence on January 1, 1970, amalgamating the Town of Beamsville, with the Townships of Clinton and Louth. Lincoln is part of a two-tier municipality with Niagara Region as the upper tier comprising of 12 municipalities, including Lincoln.
Building a Community Vision
In 2017, the Town of Lincoln invited staff, residents and businesses from various sectors to develop a long-term vision for Lincoln.
With a clear cut vision of the future, Council and others will be able to make decisions between all the possible courses of actions that could be taken to build the communities. There are many possibilities and the Town needs to ensure it makes the right choices for the people of Lincoln. Developing a vision statement that represents what Lincoln looks like, who will be living, working, learning and playing here in the future assists decision making, both day-to-day and long-term.
After significant consultation through focus groups and an online survey, a long-term community vision statement was created:
A Place to Grow, A Place to Prosper, A Place to Belong
The Vision and the importance to our community
A place to grow:
Youth, aging in place, agriculture – growing crops, farming, greenhouse support, business growth, early childhood development (youth), proper planning and growing smart, growing your family here in Lincoln
A place to prosper:
A place for small/medium businesses to succeed, opportunities, job creation, tourism, destination, local markets, festivals, beautification, industrial parks, prosperity, community vibrancy, innovation
A place to belong:
Maintain community feeling, connectedness, more local events, support for families, history and heritage, local markets, local and unique festivals, moving around town, one community
Lincoln’s earliest known inhabitants were Neutral Indians. Archaeologists from the Royal Ontario Museum found evidence of a Neutral encampment with a long house about two kilometers east of Beamsville, on Cave Springs Farm. Until vandals destroyed them about 30 years ago, there were a number of Indian faces carved in stone high on the Escarpment wall nearby.
The earliest European settlers were ex-Butler’s Rangers who had fought on the side of the Loyal in the American Revolution. United Empire Loyalist Jacob Beam began what is now the town of Beamsville in 1788. Both of his homes – the original one located on The Thirty (creek), as well as the one near downtown Beamsville – are still intact today. Senator William Gibson is another key figure in the history of Beamsville. His mansion is now the Girls’ Dorm at Great Lakes Christian College. Beamsville was also home to the annual Lincoln County Agricultural Fair, usually held on or around the first weekend of September. This fair was very well known fair throughout the area, and attracted thousands of people every year since its inception in 1857. The Fair is no longer held in Beamsville since the grounds were sold as a housing development.
Mennonites (Pennsylvania Dutch) walking north from the United States in 1799 founded the villages of Jordan and Vineland. An Ontario Historical Plaque was erected at the Jordan Museum by the province to commemorate the first Mennonite Settlement’s role in Ontario’s heritage. The First Mennonite Church in Vineland, adjacent to the cemetery at the corner of Regional Road 81 (former Highway 8) and Martin Road, organized in 1801, is the oldest Mennonite congregation in Canada.
With a large natural harbour at the mouth of Twenty Creek, Jordan and Jordan Station became busy shipping centres for the export of logs for masts, tan bark, hides, ashes used in industrial centres for the manufacture of soap, as well as grain, flour, fruit and fruit products. A small ship building industry existed for a time on the banks of the Twenty.
Today, Lincoln is a leading area for tender fruit production and grape growing. Its wines are achieving international recognition and winning awards for quality. “Greenhouse Friendly” Lincoln also has the largest concentration of greenhouse operators in Canada.
In its earliest days what is now Lincoln was regarded, and governed, as an extension of the province of Quebec, but in 1791 the Canada Bill placed it in English Upper Canada. Colonel John Graves Simcoe, first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, divided the province into 19 counties. He named Lincoln County after its English counterpart, and each of its 12 townships, including Clinton and Louth, after towns in Lincolnshire, England.
The first township councils, formed in 1793, had no legislative authority. In response to the Rebellion of 1837, the 1849 Municipal Act gave local councils much more power to deal with local matters.
The Town of Lincoln came into existence on January 1, 1970, a municipal corporation created by the Legislature of Ontario through the amalgamation of the Town of Beamsville, the Township of Clinton, and approximately half the Township of Louth. Through a vote of citizens, “Lincoln” was chosen to be its name. 
The town is home to numerous Dutch and United Empire Loyalist families, as evidenced by the large number of Dutch Reformed and Anglican churches in the area. Other ethnic groups include Italians – one family which founded the Commisso’s Food Markets supermarket chain – Germans, East Asians, and Indians.
William Fairbrother, the inventor of the hockey net, lived in Lincoln. Bill Berg, formerly a hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs, and now an NHL broadcaster, was born, and continues to make his home in Beamsville. Paul Laus, a former Florida Panthers bruiser defenceman, and Ryan Christie, who played seven games with the Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames are also Beamsville natives. Another Beamsville native of note, Tonya Verbeek, earned an Olympic silver medal in women’s wrestling at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, Tonya Verbeek excelled once again by winning the bronze medal in women’s freestyle wrestling, 55 kg class.
The band Rush practised in Beamsville in their earlier days. Drummer Neil Peart was raised in nearby Port Dalhousie. It is also home to the band Amped. Lincoln is home to their bass player Josh Bigger.
The region is in the heart of Ontario‘s wine country and contributes greatly to the wine industry in the Niagara Peninsula. Many wineries from the area have taken home top awards, including Grape King at the Niagara Grape & Wine Festival, as well as international awards. Wineries in Lincoln include Malivoire, Mike Weir Winery, Thomas and Vaughan, Thirty Bench, Angel’s Gate, Peninsula Ridge, Cave Spring Cellars, Daniel Lenko Winery, Hidden Bench, Magnotta, Mountain Road Winery, Legends Estates, Crown Bench, Megalomaniac, Featherstone, Tawse, Vineland Estates and Corner Stone.