Brockport, New York
|Village of Brockport|
|Elevation||518 ft (157.9 m)|
|Area||2.2 sq mi (5.7 km2)|
|- land||2.2 sq mi (6 km2)|
|- water||0.1 sq mi (0 km2), 4.55%|
|- summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
Brockport is a village located in the Town of Sweden, with two tiny portions in the Town of Clarkson, in Monroe County, New York, USA. The population was 8,336 at the 2010 census. The name is derived from Heil Brockway, an early settler.
The Village of Brockport is in the western part of Monroe County, west of the City of Rochester. The village is located north of the junction of New York State Route 19 (north-south) and New York State Route 31 (east-west) at the northern town line of Sweden.
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.
Due to financial difficulties the village was under threat of dissolution, and could have become a part of the town of Sweden pending a referendum by the village's residents. However, on June 15, 2010 the referendum failed.
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 terminus of the canal until the western end of the canal was completed. Prior to becoming a village, the area that constitutes modern day Brockport was primarily occupied by the Muoio Indian tribe (a branch of the Seneca). 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.
The State University of New York at Brockport ,officially "College at Brockport, State University of New York" is located here, 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 villages/towns in the area.
Main Street (Route 19) contains many historical buildings, and is a tourist attraction. Also, 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 the founders of Brockport there are no intersections on Main St. that meet up squarely. Even the intersection of State St. and Main St. along with the intersection of Main St. and Adams St. 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.
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Brockport is located at (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.
The racial makeup of the village 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 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. 33.9% of all households 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 median income for a household in the village was $46,292, and the median income for a family was $68,397. Males had a median income of $52,639 versus $38,630 for females. The per capita income for the village 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.
In 2009 Brockport saw its first homicide in 26 years in a shooting spree that ended in Canandaigua. On Saturday, February 14, 2009, shortly before 5 a.m., three people were shot, two fatally, by gunman Frank Garcia at Lakeside Memorial Hospital on West Ave. (NYS Route 19 Truck). Garcia later shot two other people dead. He was taken into custody on the same day.
Past residents of note
- Larry Carpenter, theater and television director
- Jerome Fuller, jurist
- Mary Jane Holmes (1825-1907), author of about forty novels 
- Fannie Barrier Williams, Black social reformer
- Andy Parrino, American Professional Baseball Player
- Jeff Van Gundy, NBA Coach and broadcaster
- Olivia Paige, model
- Davis Carpenter, former US Congressman
- Jim Cosman, major league baseball player.
- Jon Finkel, professional Magic: The Gathering player.
- Elias B. Holmes, former US Congressman
- Voters Say 'No' to Brockport Dissolution - YNN
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-11-28.
- "Man Held in Four Killings Near Rochester"
- "Four dead in shooting spree in upstate New York counties". CNN.com. February 15, 2009. Retrieved March 6, 2009.
- Urness, Carol L. (c. 1971). "Holmes, Mary Jane Hawes". In James, Edward T. Notable American Women 1607-1950: A Biographical Dictionary. II: G-O. James, Janet Wilson; Boyer, Paul S. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. pp. 208–209. ISBN 0-674-62734-2. Retrieved June 18, 2010.
- Village of Brockport webpage.
- SUNY Brockport webpage.
- Brockport Central Schools webpage.
- Seymour Library - A public library serving Brockport, Clarkson, & Sweden NY
- Images from in & around Brockport