Historical and Tourism information for the village of Port Byron and the town of Mentz, New York
Town of Mentz
The Town was formed from the larger Town of Brutus. If you are searching deeds, you might run across the phrase; “in the old township of Brutus, now in the town of Mentz” To confuse things even more, up to 1806, Mentz was called Jefferson. This was likely to honor the President, but then the post office decided that there were far too many “Jeffersons” in the State and forced a change. Where “Mentz” came from is unknown. There is a Mentz clan (family name) in Germany, but our Mentz didn’t have a large German population. We do know that there are no other places named Mentz.
In the 1800’s, there were settlements at Centerport and Haydenville. Montezuma was a part of Mentz up until 1859 when it broke off to become its own Town. Port Byron is the only village in the Town.
Lock 52 Historical Society
of Port Byron, NY
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Port Byron, New York 13140
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