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Village of Brockport
Main Street Historic District, October 2009
Main Street Historic District, October 2009
Location in Monroe County and the state of New York
Location in Monroe County and the state of New York
Location of New York in the United States
Location of New York in the United States
Country United States
State New York
County Monroe
Laid out 1822; 202 years ago (1822)
Incorporated April 6, 1829; 194 years ago (1829-04-06)
 • Total 2.22 sq mi (5.75 km2)
 • Land 2.17 sq mi (5.63 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.12 km2)
518 ft (158 m)
 • Total 8,366
 • Estimate 
 • Density 3,754.83/sq mi (1,449.57/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 585
FIPS code 36-08466

Brockport is a village in the Town of Sweden, with two tiny portions in the Town of Clarkson, in Monroe County, New York, United States. The population was 8,366 at the 2010 U.S. Census. The name is derived from Heil Brockway, an early settler. It is also home to the State University of New York (SUNY) at Brockport.

The Village of Brockport is roughly 20 miles (32 km) west of the City of Rochester, in the western end of Monroe County. The village is north of the junction of New York State Route 19 (north-south) and New York State Route 31 (east-west) on the Town of Sweden's northern line.

Brockport calls itself "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.


The Village of Brockport was founded by Heil Brockway in 1823 and later 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 canal's terminus until the canal's western end was complete. Prior to becoming a village, the area that makes up modern Brockport was primarily occupied by the Muoio Indian tribe, a part of the Seneca (a member of the Iroquois Confederacy). 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.

During the American Civil War the men of Brockport, New York formed the majority of Company A (100 men) of the 140th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment formed in Rochester, NY in September 1862, when the village's total population was little more than 2100 people. They also helped form Company H of the 140th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment. The 140th New York regiment served in the XII Corps and V Corps of the Army of the Potomac and saw battle at the Battle of Gettysburg, The Battle of the Wilderness, The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House and the Appomatox Courthouse Campaign. The 140th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment was mustered out on June 3, 1865 near Alexandria, VA.

The State University of New York at Brockport, officially called "College at Brockport, State University of New York", is located in Brockport, as well as the Brockport Central School District. It also boasts the Morgan Manning House, an old Victorian home on Main Street (NY 19).

Sites of interest

The Erie Canal runs through the village of Brockport, as well as several other area villages and towns.

Main Street (Route 19) has many historical buildings, and is a tourist attraction. 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 Brockport's founders, there are no intersections on Main St. that meet up squarely. The intersection of State Street and Main Street do not meet adjacent with the intersection of Main St. and Adams St. which 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.

The Morgan-Manning House houses the Western Monroe Historical Society and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. Brockport has the following places listed on the National Register of Historic Places: Brockport Central Rural High School (currently A.D. Oliver Middle School), First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, Edward Harrison House, Lake View Cemetery, Main Street Historic District, Park Avenue and State Street Historic District, Soldiers' Memorial Tower, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, and Whiteside, Barnett and Co. Agricultural Works.


Brockport is located at 43°12′51″N 77°56′22″W / 43.21417°N 77.93944°W / 43.21417; -77.93944 (43.214261, -77.939378).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2), of which, 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (2.26%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 792
1840 1,249 57.7%
1850 1,500 20.1%
1860 2,143 42.9%
1870 2,817 31.5%
1880 4,039 43.4%
1890 3,742 −7.4%
1900 3,398 −9.2%
1910 3,579 5.3%
1920 2,980 −16.7%
1930 3,611 21.2%
1940 3,590 −0.6%
1950 4,748 32.3%
1960 5,256 10.7%
1970 7,878 49.9%
1980 9,776 24.1%
1990 8,749 −10.5%
2000 8,103 −7.4%
2010 8,366 3.2%
2019 (est.) 8,163 −2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 8,366 people, 2,528 households, and 1,094 families residing in the village.

The village's racial makeup was 91.7% White, 3.8% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.9% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 3.8% of the population.

There were 2,528 households, out of which 17.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 56.7% were non-families. Of all households 33.9% were made up of individuals, and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 13.7% under the age of 18, 43.8% from 18 to 24, 16.4% from 25 to 44, 17.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 22.3 years. For every 100 females, there were 84.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.2 males.

The village's median household income was $46,292, and the median family income was $68,397. Males had a median income of $52,639 versus $38,630 for females. The village's per capita income was $18,102. About 8.7% of families and 25.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.4% of those under age 18 and 14.0% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

  • Ella D. Barrier
  • Davis Carpenter, former US Congressman
  • Larry Carpenter, theater and television director
  • Jim Cosman, Major League baseball player
  • Christopher John Farley, writer
  • Martin Ferrero, actor
  • Jon Finkel, professional Magic: The Gathering player
  • Jerome Fuller, jurist
  • William Heyen, poet
  • Elias B. Holmes, former US Congressman
  • Mary Jane Holmes (1825–1907), author of novels
  • Sumner Howard, jurist and politician
  • Carolyn Mackler, author
  • Andy Parrino, professional baseball player
  • Jeff Van Gundy, NBA coach and broadcaster
  • Fannie Barrier Williams, social reformer

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