Historical and Tourism information for the village of Port Byron and the town of Mentz, New York

The Membership of the Historical Society welcomes you to Port Byron. Whether you are a resident, a visitor, a family genealogist, or simply a fan of history, we hope that this site will help you start to find answers to your questions. We have broken out key topics in the buttons above and if you can’t find answers there, feel free to contact us. We are happy to share our history with you.


The Lock 52 Historical Society is the New York State chartered Historical Society for the region covered by the Town of Mentz and the Village of Port Byron. We are not just about Lock 52 and the Erie Canal, although the canal figures heavily into our regional history. The Society was started in 1979 and named after the enlarged Erie Canal Lock 52 that is located on the west side of the village. Since 1991, the Society has been located at 73 Pine Street.


Although we maintain a Society building at 73 Pine Street, we like to think that the entire village and town are our greatest exhibits. We have a lot of information and photos here and on our blogs that will help you gain a sense of the rich history of the area.

Welcome to Port Byron, New York

Lock 52 Historical Society

of Port Byron, NY

73 Pine Street

Port Byron, New York 13140


Open hours are limited to Thursday 10-1 and Friday 6-8 during the warmer months. It is best to call or email ahead to schedule an appointment.


Walking Tour information  click here

315 704 8874


Website made possible in part with funding from the Cayuga Community Foundation


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