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Spencerport Village


Spencerport Village Hall is located at 27 West Avenue, Spencerport, NY 14559; phone: 585-352-4771.

Beginnings [1]

Spencerport dates its history from the completion of the Erie Canal, although it was not until some ten years afterward that it began to take the form of a hamlet. Pioneer Daniel Spencer little thought that his original purchase here would be covered with a flourishing village, yet after the canal was put in operation he began developing a trading center. The principal north and south highway, the old Canawaugas road, led from the lake to the southern towns of the county, and along this the village lots were sold off and in later years the whole tract was subdivided, streets and lots laid out, and now we have on the site an incorporated village of 1,000 inhabitants. Its volume of business was never greater than at present, though appearances would seem to indicate to the contrary. However, the work of shipping the produce is now much more easily and rapidly accomplished, and with far less demonstration, in these days of railroading, than was the case half a century and more ago. The canal carries its fair proportion of freight in season, but by far the greater quantity of products is shipped by rail.

Spencerport dates its history from the completion of the Erie Canal, although it was not until some ten years afterward that it began to take the form of a village. The first merchants of the village were West & Richards, whose store was north of the canal. The next store was started by Philander Kam, who carried a general stock of goods, and they also owned the site of the Lincoln House hotel property. The store was kept south of the canal. Charles Church came next, also south of the canal and on the west side of Union street. Daniel Spencer opened the first hotel, on the east side of the street and over on the creek he built the mill, before mentioned. Benjamin Cole was also an early merchant, and in the same connection may be mentioned the firm of Church, Ball & Co., also Mr. Woodbury, who built the stone block which stood on the Upton block site. Charles Church built a store. Mr. Crosby and William Andrews were other old merchants of the village. The Kam hotel was sold to Mr. Church, thence to Mr. Ball, and from him to Lincoln and burned during his ownership. He rebuilt the house and subsequently it passed through the hands of Mr. Trimmer, James Upton (who improved it), Mr. Lincoln, Lincoln & Wallace, Mr. Edwards, and from the latter to William Ackley the present proprietor. Benjamin Cole also kept a hotel north of the canal, and the property later went to James Upton, thence to William Kinney and then to John Leonard.

Spencerport dates its history from the completion of the Erie Canal, although it was not until some ten years afterward that it began to take the form of a village. From this small beginning Spencerport has grown to a desirable size and is a residence village as well as one of commercial importance. In mercantile and manufacturing pursuits it has never attracted much attention, as its location is too near the City of Rochester to admit of such a possibility. However, all local demands are readily supplied and no branch of business is over represented. Spencerport became an incorporated village by an act of the Legislature passed April 22, 1867, and its first charter election, held May 13 thereafter, resulted in the selection of these officers: President, Dr. William C. Slayton, and trustees, E. H. Davis, George K. Field, C. S. Cole, and Austin Reed; clerk and treasurer, Charles Brigham; collector and constable, Jesse H. Walker. The subsequent village presidents have been E. H. Davis. W. H. Crosby, W. C. Slayton, John Borst, Miles Upton, William C. Slayton, F. W. Lincoln, William Brown. William C. Slayton, V. W. Lincoln. William C. Slayton, H. H. Brown, Thompson Hartwell, Samuel H. Day, Peter Helfrich, B. H. Gofif, Peter Helfrich and Daniel L. Walker. The present village officers are D. L. Walker, president; John B. McCabe, William Ballard and A. N. Barker, trustees; W. W. Malay, clerk; W. S. Millener, treasurer; John Upton, collector.

  1. William F. Peck, Thomas Raines, and Herman Le Roy Fairchild, editors, Landmarks of Monroe County, New York, The Boston Historic Company, Boston, 1895.
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