Port Leyden, New York

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Port Leyden is a village in Lewis County, New York, United States. The population was 665 at the 2000 census. The name is derived from the village's early history as a port on the Black River Canal.

The Village of Port Leyden is wholly within the Black River Valley and is mostly in the Town of Leyden; however, a portion of the village lies to the east of the Black River in the Town of Lyonsdale. The village is 17 miles south of Lowville (the county seat), 6 miles north of Boonville, and 23 miles west-south-west of Old Forge.



A mill was built at the present site of the village around 1800, and the community was known as "Kelsey's Mills." The name was changed to "Port Leyden" around 1838 when the Black River Canal was being developed. The canal was completed to Port Leyden in 1850, but was not usable until 1851. The canal reached its northern terminus at Lyons Falls, a few miles north, in 1855. In 1900, a decision was made to abandon the canal between Lyons Falls and Village of Boonville, effectively ending the status of Port Leyden as a canal port.


Port Leyden is located at 43°35′2″N 75°20′39″W / 43.58389°N 75.34417°W / 43.58389; -75.34417 (43.583871, -75.344261)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.7 km²), of which, 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (7.58%) is water.

The Black River divides the community.

Port Leyden is located on New York State Route 12


Port Leyden Elementary School, located on Lincoln Street, educates students in grades K-5. Students in grades 6-12 attend South Lewis Central Middle/High School in Turin.

The Port Leyden Community Library is located on Canal Street.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 665 people, 257 households, and 169 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,099.5 people per square mile (427.9/km²). There were 317 housing units at an average density of 524.1/sq mi (204.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.50% White, 0.15% African American, 0.15% Native American, and 1.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.15% of the population.

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