Welcome to the History Corner!
Celebrating the rich history of Port Byron, New York, an old Erie Canal village in the Town of Mentz. This site is dedicated to the legacy and heritage of our community as well as a variety of regional historical tidbits. I hope you enjoy your visit and will stop by again.


Dawn L. Roe

The journey of searching my roots for over twenty years as a hobby has evolved into becoming an independent author and researcher in my spare time.

Projects that involve veterans and their legacies are among my favorite activities. My interests include heritage and patriotic organizations such as the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War.  I am currently writing my first book.

My public speaking program includes several educational PowerPoint presentations.  The purpose of my public speaking program is to share local history and topics of interest across Central New York. If your organization is interested in hosting, please contact me.  In the past, I have created programs by specific request.  I will continue to give consideration for special requests when possible.  My best availability is weekends April to November and will consider weeknight programs if possible.  The following programs are free pending distance.  

Programs available:

DNA & Me-Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
John Dunham Co. H, 3rd NY Cavalry
History of the Culver Family of Sterling, NY
How to find your Civil War and War of 1812 Ancestors
John Jetty Murder Trial of 1908
The Ladies of the Port Byron Free & Academy
Capt. John W. Lockwood of the 111th NY Infantry
Printer Thomas Rooker of the NY Tribune

Previous engagements:

CIVIC Heritage Historical Society-Cato, NY
Grinnell Library-Wappingers Falls, NY
Howland Stone Store Museum-Aurora, NY
Liverpool Village Museum-Liverpool, NY
Lock 52 Historical Society-Port Byron, NY
Port Byron Library-Port Byron, NY
Pittsford Community Library-Pittsford, NY
Seneca Falls Historical Society-Seneca Falls, NY
Seneca Museum of Waterways & Industry-Seneca Falls, NY
Seymour Library-Auburn, NY
Sterling Historical Society, Sterling, NY