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Port Leyden, New York

Kelsey's Mills
Country United States
State New York
County Lewis
Towns Leyden, Lyonsdale
 • Total 0.7 sq mi (1.7 km2)
 • Land 0.6 sq mi (1.6 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.1 km2)
892 ft (272 m)
 • Total 672
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 315
FIPS code 36-59454
GNIS feature ID 960975

Port Leyden is a village in Lewis County, New York, United States. The population was 672 at the 2010 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.

St. Mark's Church and the Edmund Wilson House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


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).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2), of which 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (7.58%) is water.

The Black River divides the community.

Port Leyden is located on New York State Route 12


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 977
1890 462
1900 746 61.5%
1910 764 2.4%
1920 735 −3.8%
1930 717 −2.4%
1940 794 10.7%
1950 841 5.9%
1960 898 6.8%
1970 862 −4.0%
1980 740 −14.2%
1990 723 −2.3%
2000 665 −8.0%
2010 672 1.1%
Est. 2015 668 −0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census 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 per square mile (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.

There were 257 households out of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.9% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the village, the population was spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 19.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $24,559, and the median income for a family was $30,781. Males had a median income of $31,146 versus $17,500 for females. The per capita income for the village was $12,783. About 18.0% of families and 23.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.9% of those under age 18 and 20.9% of those age 65 or over.

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