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Mount Morris, New York
Country United States
State New York
County Livingston
 • Total 2.0 sq mi (5.3 km2)
 • Land 2.0 sq mi (5.3 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
630 ft (192 m)
 • Total 2,986
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 585
FIPS code 36-48945
GNIS feature ID 0957862

Mount Morris is a village located in the Town of Mount Morris in Livingston County, New York, United States. The population was 2,986 at the 2010 census. The village and town are named after Robert Morris.

The Village of Mount Morris is at the northeastern entrance to Letchworth State Park, which contains a scenic gorge and triple waterfall on the Genesee River. The village is in the northern part of the Town of Mt. Morris.


The community was first called "Allen Hill" and "Richmond Hill" by early settler Ebenezer Allen. The Village of Mount Morris was incorporated in 1835. It was then named after Robert Morris, the financier of the American Revolution, and later owner of The Morris Reserve, from which the lands around Mount Morris were sold to settlers. It was suggested that these lands were sold at unfairly low prices to friends of the Morris estate, in an attempt to create something akin to an oligarchical rule by landowners in the area.

The main trade route in the town's early days was the Genesee Valley Canal which ran from the Erie Canal at Rochester to Wellsville. The Friends of the Genesee Valley Greenway have built hiking trails along some of the canal route. The canal was abandoned in the 1870s and later used as a railroad right of way for a succession of railroads, which eventually consolidated into the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Mount Morris Academy was an important early school, but it closed down in 1867.

Just upstream from the village is the Mount Morris Dam (550 ft/168 m long, 216 ft/66 m high), which was built between 1948 and 1952 for flood control of the lower Genesee Valley. An earlier and much smaller dam, still extant in the village, was used for mills; now it is a small hydroelectric generating station.

In the early 21st century, Greg O’Connell, a retired New York City detective and developer of properties in Red Hook, Brooklyn, bought 19 buildings along the town's main street in an effort to revive the downtown area.

Past residents of note

National Register of Historic Places

The following sites and historic districts are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Name on the Register Image Date listed Location City or town Description
1 House at No. 13 Grove Street
House at No. 13 Grove Street
January 7, 1999
13 Grove St.
42°43′41″N 77°52′37″W / 42.728056°N 77.876944°W / 42.728056; -77.876944 (House at No. 13 Grove Street)
Mount Morris
2 House at No. 176 South Main Street
House at No. 176 South Main Street
January 7, 1999
176 S. Main St.
42°43′08″N 77°52′16″W / 42.718889°N 77.871111°W / 42.718889; -77.871111 (House at No. 176 South Main Street)
Mount Morris
3 House at No. 30 Murray Street
House at No. 30 Murray Street
January 7, 1999
30 Murray St.
42°43′22″N 77°52′32″W / 42.722778°N 77.875556°W / 42.722778; -77.875556 (House at No. 30 Murray Street)
Mount Morris
4 House at No. 48 Grove Street
January 7, 1999
48 Grove St.
42°43′39″N 77°52′54″W / 42.7275°N 77.881667°W / 42.7275; -77.881667 (House at No. 48 Grove Street)
Mount Morris
5 House at No. 8 State Street
House at No. 8 State Street
January 7, 1999
8 State St.
42°43′33″N 77°52′24″W / 42.725833°N 77.873333°W / 42.725833; -77.873333 (House at No. 8 State Street)
Mount Morris
6 Gen. William A. Mills House
Gen. William A. Mills House
December 19, 1978
14 Main St.
42°43′36″N 77°52′31″W / 42.726667°N 77.875278°W / 42.726667; -77.875278 (Gen. William A. Mills House)
Mount Morris
7 Murray Street Historic District
Murray Street Historic District
March 1, 1996
33-47 and 32-46 Murray St.
42°43′18″N 77°54′05″W / 42.721667°N 77.901389°W / 42.721667; -77.901389 (Murray Street Historic District)
Mount Morris
8 New Family Theater
New Family Theater
August 1, 1997
102 Main St.
42°43′27″N 77°52′26″W / 42.724167°N 77.873889°W / 42.724167; -77.873889 (New Family Theater)
Mount Morris
9 St. John's Episcopal Church
St. John's Episcopal Church
July 19, 1991
Jct. of State and Stanley Sts.
42°43′28″N 77°52′36″W / 42.724444°N 77.876667°W / 42.724444; -77.876667 (St. John's Episcopal Church)
Mount Morris
10 South Main Street Historic District
South Main Street Historic District
March 1, 1996
123-159 and 124-158 S. Main St.
42°43′18″N 77°52′18″W / 42.721667°N 77.871667°W / 42.721667; -77.871667 (South Main Street Historic District)
Mount Morris
11 State and Eagle Streets Historic District
State and Eagle Streets Historic District
March 1, 1996
16-34 and 15-39 State St. and 6-12 Eagle St.
42°43′28″N 77°52′42″W / 42.724444°N 77.878333°W / 42.724444; -77.878333 (State and Eagle Streets Historic District)
Mount Morris


Mount Morris is located at 42°43′23″N 77°52′37″W / 42.722996°N 77.877001°W / 42.722996; -77.877001Coordinates: 42°43′23″N 77°52′37″W / 42.722996°N 77.877001°W / 42.722996; -77.877001 (42.722996, -77.877001).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.3 km2). None of the area is covered with water.

Allens Creek and Damonsville Creek flow through the village.

New York State Route 36 and New York State Route 408 intersect in the village.


Mount Morris is on the Rochester-to-Dansville line of the Rochester & Southern Railroad. It is also the junction between this line and the R&S's branch to the Hampton Corners salt mine. The Hampton Corners line was built in the 1990s and is one of the newest railroad lines in New York State. The R&S Rochester-to-Dansville line through Mount Morris was originally the part of the New York (Hoboken) to Buffalo Main Line of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad (DL&W). This through route, made redundant by the Erie Lackawanna merger, was downgraded in 1963 with the abandonment of a portion of the line between nearby Groveland and Wayland, N.Y.

In addition to the DL&W, Mount Morris was served by three other railroads: 1) It was served by the Rochester-Avon-Mount Morris line of the Erie Railroad from c. 1860 to 1940. From 1907 to 1934 this offered frequent electric railway service from Mount Morris to Rochester. The Erie line to Mount Morris was abandoned in 1940. 2) The Dansville and Mount Morris Railroad (and predecessor Erie & Genesee Valley RR) linked its namesake communities from c. 1871 to 1940. The Mount Morris segment of the railroad was abandoned with the loss of its connection to the Erie in 1940. 3) The Pennsylvania Railroad (and predecessors) served Mount Morris from c. 1882 to c. 1963 on its Olean-Hinsdale-Rochester branch line. The PRR through Mount Morris was abandoned in 1963, and the right-of-way now forms the basis of the Genesee Valley Greenway.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 1,930
1880 1,899 −1.6%
1890 2,286 20.4%
1900 2,410 5.4%
1910 2,782 15.4%
1920 3,312 19.1%
1930 3,238 −2.2%
1940 3,530 9.0%
1950 3,450 −2.3%
1960 3,250 −5.8%
1970 3,417 5.1%
1980 3,039 −11.1%
1990 3,102 2.1%
2000 3,266 5.3%
2010 2,986 −8.6%
Est. 2015 2,899 −2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,266 people, 1,307 households, and 794 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,606.0 people per square mile (621.2/km2). There were 1,412 housing units at an average density of 694.3 per square mile (268.6/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 94.18% White, 1.13% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.67% Asian, 2.51% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.79% of the population.

There were 1,307 households out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.6% were married couples living together, 16.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.2% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the village, the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 19.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 87.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $31,792, and the median income for a family was $37,143. Males had a median income of $32,464 versus $20,052 for females. The per capita income for the village was $15,107. About 12.0% of families and 14.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.8% of those under age 18 and 10.8% of those age 65 or over.

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