Hammondsport, New York

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Hammondsport is a village in Steuben County, New York, United States. The population was 731 at the 2000 census. The village is named after its founding father.

The Village of Hammondsport is in the Town of Urbana and is northeast of Bath, New York.



Lazarus Hammond founded the village around 1827. The village was incorporated in 1856. The village later became a center for the New York wine industry.

The American motorcycle designer and manufacturer, and recognized expert on gasoline engines Glenn Hammond Curtiss resided at Hammondsport, where he was born in 1878. Early development of aircraft and seaplanes was carried out at Hammondsport by Glenn Curtiss who had joined with Alexander Graham Bell and others in the Aerial Experiment Association.

In 1921, five local men purchased a wood barrel factory just south of the present D.W. Putnam Wine Company, and named it the Aerial Service Corporation. Two of these men, Henry Kleckler, the President and William Chadeayne, Vice President, were formerly with the Curtiss Aeroplane Company, founded by Glenn Hammond Curtiss. Today this company is known as the Mercury Corporation.

Hammondsport was the birthplace of American film critic and writer Charles Champlin, in 1926.


Hammondsport is located at 42°24′32″N 77°13′22″W / 42.40889°N 77.22278°W / 42.40889; -77.22278 (42.408873, -77.222779)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²), of which, 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (5.41%) is water.

Hammondsport is at the south end of Keuka Lake, one of the Finger Lakes. The village is north of the junction of New York State Route 54 and New York State Route 54A. NY-54A passes through the village after linking with County Road 76.

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