Brockport, New York

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Brockport is a village located in the Town of Sweden in Monroe County, New York, USA. The population was 8,103 at the 2000 census. The name is derived from Hiel Brockway, an early settler.

The Village of Brockport is in the western part of Monroe County, west of the City of Rochester. The village is located north of the junction of New York State Route 19 (north-south) and New York State Route 31 (east-west) at the northern town line of Sweden.

Brockport calls itself the "The Victorian Village on the Erie Canal." Brockport recently remodeled the village portion of the Erie canal, providing a bricked walkway, a brand new canal visitor's center, and several pieces of art.

Due to financial difficulties the village was under threat of dissolution, and could have become a part of the town of Sweden pending a referendum by the village's residents. However, on June 15, 2010 the referendum failed.[1]

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History

The Village of Brockport was incorporated in 1829. This village was founded around 1820 and grew to importance as a port on the Erie Canal, and the village was briefly the terminus of the canal until the western end of the canal was completed. Prior to becoming a village, the area that constitutes modern day Brockport was primarily occupied by the Muoio Indian tribe(A branch of the Seneca). The Muoio people were sustained in the region mostly by hunting indigenous wildlife such as deer and the occasional black bear. Shortly after white settlers arrived most of the Muoio died of disease and the few survivors traveled to Canada.

The State University of New York at Brockport is located here. Also the Brockport Central School district. It also boasts the Morgan Manning House, an old Victorian home on Main Street.

Past and present residents of note

Sites of Interest

Sites of interest The Erie Canal runs through the village of Brockport, as well as several other villages/towns in the area.

Main Street (Route 19) contains many historical buildings, and is a tourist attraction. Also, the Erie Canal Boardwalk that runs from Main Street along the canal is a common spot for locals to enjoy a stroll.

Due to a conflict between two of the founders of Brockport there are no intersections on Main St. that meet up squarely. Even the intersection of State St. and Main St. along with the intersection of Main St. and Adams St. are between one and two feet off from square. The founders hated each other so much that they refused to line up any streets when each designed each half of the village.

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