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Hammondsport, New York

Hammondsport, New York
Bandstand in Pulteney Square, April 2011
Bandstand in Pulteney Square, April 2011
Nickname(s): Wine Village
Motto: Home of the Wine
Hammondsport, New York is located in New York
Hammondsport, New York
Location within the state of New York
Country United States
State New York
County Steuben
 • Total 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)
 • Land 0.4 sq mi (0.9 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 755 ft (230 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 731
 • Density 2,088.5/sq mi (806.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 14840
Area code(s) 607
FIPS code 36-31852
GNIS feature ID 0952131

Hammondsport is a village in Steuben County, New York, United States. The population was 731 at the 2000 census. The village is named after its founding father.

The Village of Hammondsport is in the Town of Urbana and is northeast of Bath, New York.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Additional information 4
  • Notable people 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Lazarus Hammond founded the village around 1827. The village was incorporated in 1856. The village later became a center for the New York wine industry.

The American motorcycle designer and manufacturer, and recognized expert on gasoline engines Glenn Hammond Curtiss resided at Hammondsport, where he was born in 1878. Early development of aircraft and seaplanes was carried out at Hammondsport by Glenn Curtiss who had joined with Alexander Graham Bell and others in the Aerial Experiment Association.

In 1921, five local men purchased a wood barrel factory just south of the present D.W. Putnam Wine Company, and named it the Aerial Service Corporation. Two of these men, Henry Kleckler, the President and William Chadeayne, Vice President, were formerly with the Curtiss Aeroplane Company, founded by Glenn Hammond Curtiss. Today this company is known as the Mercury Corporation.


Hammondsport is located at (42.408873, -77.222779).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2), of which, 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (5.41%) is water.

Hammondsport is at the south end of Keuka Lake, one of the Finger Lakes. The village is north of the junction of New York State Route 54 and New York State Route 54A. NY-54A passes through the village after linking with County Road 76.

Keuka Inlet and Glen Brook flow past the village.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 731 people, 332 households, and 200 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,088.5 people per square mile (806.4/km²). There were 388 housing units at an average density of 1,108.5 per square mile (428.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.58% White, 1.37% African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.41% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.27% of the population.

There were 332 households out of which 27.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.3% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.5% were non-families. 34.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the village the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 29.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 83.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.2 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $38,182, and the median income for a family was $50,125. Males had a median income of $32,143 versus $28,906 for females. The per capita income for the village was $18,308. About 4.6% of families and 5.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.1% of those under age 18 and 3.5% of those aged 65 or over.

Additional information

U.S. Post Office Hammondsport, New York, April 2011

The Pleasant Valley Wine Company, founded in 1860 and a mile southwest, was designated U.S. Bonded Winery No.1 and has eight remarkable stone buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[5] This winery along with many others make up Hammondsport's current wineries.

The Great Western Winery and Visitor Center, the most comprehensive center of its kind in the world, is part of the same facilities. Displayed there are historical artifacts covering over 140 years of Finger Lakes winemaking and grape growing expertise; a working model of the Bath and Hammondsport Railroad, "The Champagne Trail"; and the cooper's shop, featuring authentic wine casks and barrels, cooper tools and equipment.

Hammondsport is also home to numerous other wineries, such as Bully Hill Vineyards, Dr. Konstantin Frank, Heron Hill Winery, and Chateau Renaissance Wine Cellars. Bully Hill Vineyards includes the Greyton H. Taylor Wine Museum.

The village is referred to as "The Cradle of Aviation" and is home to The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, dedicated to the memory of the pioneer aviator and housing such exhibits as a full-scale replica of the first naval aircraft and many original planes and developed by Curtiss.

The modern-day Mercury Corporation is a privately held company having 1,500,000 sq ft (140,000 m2). of manufacturing facilities in New York, subsidiaries in Florida, North Carolina, Minnesota, and Mexico, Alliance partnerships in Europe and Asia and is one of the leading corporations involved in contract manufacturing, sheet metal fabrication and assembly, and plastic injection molding.

The village was served by the Bath & Hammondsport Railroad for many years. Although the tracks are still in place, railroad service has been discontinued.

Hammondsport is along the route of the Finger Lakes Trail, a scenic trail winding across central and western New York.

Much of the 1995 mockumentary "Dadetown" was filmed in and around Hammondsport.

In addition to Pleasant Valley Wine Company complex, other sites on the National Register of Historic Places are: Germania Wine Cellars, Gold Seal Winery, Hammondsport Union Free School, Mallory Mill, and the Pulteney Square Historic District.[5]

Notable people

Congressman John Randolph Kuhl, also N.Y. assemblyman and state senator Glenn Hammond Curtiss The Taylor Brothers; Frederick, Clarence and GrEYTON


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  2. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  5. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  6. ^ Mahood, Wayne (Winter 2005). "Morris Brown, Jr., is a Hero". Crooked Lake Review. 

External links

  • Hammondsport Art Show - Keuka Lake Art Association
  • Hammondsport, Cradle of Aviation
  • Hammondsport Chamber of Commerce
  • Information about Hammondsport
  • The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum
  • Pleasant Valley Wine Company and Great Western Winery
  • Bully Hill Vineyards
  • The Finger Lakes Trail
  • Hammondsport Central School District
  • Bath & Hammondsport Railroad
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