Port Henry, New York

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Port Henry is a village in Essex County, New York, United States. The population was 1,152 at the 2000 census.

The Village of Port Henry lies on the east side of the Town of Moriah and is approximately one hour's drive (45 miles or 72 km)[1] south of Plattsburgh. It is 33 miles (52 km) south-southwest of Burlington, VT, 97 miles (156 km) north of Albany, NY, and 102 miles (164 km) south of Montreal, Quebec.[2]

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History

Port Henry is in a tract of land set aside for veterans of the French and Indian War. Although a mill was built in 1765, no other settlers arrived until 1785. Native Americans were still living in the town until after 1800.

Early settlers discovered iron ore a few miles inland, and its extraction became an important industry for about one hundred and fifty years. A blast furnace constructed in the village in 1822 was one of the first in the United States.

The Village of Port Henry was incorporated in 1869.

By the end of the 19th Century, harvesting of smelt for the restaurant trade, became a major winter recreation of ice fishing.

Geography

Port Henry is located at 44°2′43″N 73°27′40″W / 44.04528°N 73.46111°W / 44.04528; -73.46111 (44.045238, -73.461011)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.8 km²), of which, 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²) of it (18.92%) is water.

The village is located on the west shore of Lake Champlain at the north end of Bulwagga Bay and is in the Adirondack Park.

Port Henry is located on conjoined New York State Route 9N and New York State Route 22 (North/South Main Street) at the junction of County Road 4 (Broad Street). Was named Port Henry in honor of Henry Huntington of Rome, New York.

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