A Short History of the Historical Society
The Lock 52 Historical Society was formed in 1979, after the committee that had worked on the 1976 Bicentennial felt that the village and town should have it's own organization working on historical matters. The funds that were left over were donated to the new organization, and it took the name of the local Erie Canal Lock that sat along the NYS Thruway, Lock 52. The group met in local halls, mostly in the village offices, and worked on preservation of local history and offering of programs. The group was very active in the saving of the Erie Canal Trail between Port Byron and Weedsport, with the group from Weedsport working west and the Lock 52 members working east. They cleared the trail and opened it to the public. It remained this way until the State cleared and widened years after.
In the early 1990's, the organization purchased the Moore house at 73 Pine Street, it's first real property purchase. This gave the group it's own home where they could collect artifacts and host programs. For years, Lock 52 held open houses as part of the Canal Days celebrations, as well as hosting school groups at Christmas time.
Over time, as people found more ways to be entertained, the role of the organization has shifted from programs to preservation and education. Using social media platforms, the group now has a couple blog posts, a YouTube channel, and a very active Facebook page. The collection of material has grown as people become aware of the role of the Society in the community.
Membership is open to anyone who has a interest in local history. A yearly membership is $10 for a single or $15 for a family. Your membership helps us support the house at 73 Pine, our collection, and our social media outlets.
What We Do
Street Address- 73 Pine St, Port Byron, NY 13140
Real Mail- POB 302, Port Byron, NY 13140
Phone- (315) 704-8874
You Can Help
We hate to ask, but every membership not-for-profit needs members and donations. Aside from the great help from our Town and Village, the only way we get the money we need to keep the house in repair, save the collection, and do all this reaching out, is through donations. As an example, we spent hundreds of dollars converting the films we found into digital files, and then we posted all of it on our YouTube channel where you can view it for free. So if you enjoy what we do, think about making a small or large donation to help us. Membership is $10 a year, or $15 for a couple. You can either use the PayPal button or send a check to the contact address.