Port Byron, New York

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Port Byron is a village in Cayuga County, New York, United States. The population was 1,297 at the 2000 census. The village is believed to be named after Lord Byron[citation needed].

The Village of Port Byron is in the Town of Mentz and is north of Auburn, New York.

The local school is the Port Byron Central School District.

Byron, Minnesota, a small town in southeastern Minnesota was named after Port Byron, New York, the name being suggested by George W. Van Dusen, a grain dealer who was formerly from Port Byron, NY.[1]



Settlers began arriving around 1797.

Originally known as "Bucksville," the name was changed to Port Byron in 1825 as it became a port on the Erie Canal. Later, when the canal route was changed in 1856, the village was a railroad town.

The village was incorporated in 1837.

Residents of note

There are a number of people who can trace their roots back to Port Byron or who settled here for a while. Before he was a leader of the Mormon faith, Brigham Young lived here in the early 1830s. He was a painter and builder. One of the early buildings he lived in still exists on Pine Street. Henry Wells of "Wells and Fargo" fame also lived here in the early 1830s. We can trace Isaac Singer of sewing machine fame here in 1837, when he was better known for his acting than his machinery skills. Sculptor Byron Pickett lived here in the 1840s and his family is buried in the local cemetery. Clara Barrus trained in Boston to become a doctor. She is better known as the aid and biographer of naturalist John Burroughs. She also wrote a book about her childhood, titled "A Life Unveiled" written under the name "A Child of the Drumlins". Actress Kittie Rhoades was raised here, and she kept a summer house nearby. She is buried in the local cemetery. Opera singer (1920s to 1940s) Richard Bonelli was born here as Jacob Bunn.


Port Byron is located at 43°2′12″N 76°37′32″W / 43.03667°N 76.62556°W / 43.03667; -76.62556 (43.036794, -76.625440).[2]

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