History

In 1794, the village was the site of the first European-American settlement in Sodus town. Before the American Revolution, the area for centuries had been the territory of the Onondaga Nation.

During the War of 1812, the village was burned by a British raiding party, leaving all but one building demolished. The village was rebuilt.

Great Lakes Steamer entering port

Great Lakes Steamer entering port

Sodus Bay became an important port on Lake Ontario in the 19th Century. Sodus Point was a central shipping point for coal, which was brought by rail from Pennsylvania. An immense loading dock or trestle was built on the east side of the bay, and great ships stopped from all around the world to load up on coal as vessels moved out onto the Great Lakes. The trestle was one of the chief landmarks of Sodus Point. It was said to be some 600 feet high & extended far into the bay. Built in 1927 and while being dismantled because of decreased use of coal for power was destroyed by fire in 1971.

Later on, when the Erie Canal was built, there were plans to connect Sodus Bay to the canal, but after much debate the plan was abandoned. As the Erie Canal shifted state transportation patterns, the village’s function as a port declined.

In the later 19th century, it became a popular vacation resort, especially for people from Chicago and other cities during the summers.

The village was incorporated in 1958.

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History
In 1794, the village was the site of the first European-American settlement in Sodus town. Before the American Revolution, the area for centuries had been the territory of the Onondaga Nation.
During the War of 1812, the village was burned by a British raiding party, leaving all but one building demolished.[1] The village was rebuilt.
The area became an important port on Lake Ontario in the 19th Century. As the Erie Canal shifted state transportation patterns, the village’s function as a port declined. In the later 19th century, it became a popular vacation resort, especially for people from Chicago and other cities during the summers.
The village was incorporated in 1858.
Geography
Sodus Point is located at 43°16′10″N 76°59′15″W (43.269332, -76.987608)[2].
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km²), of which, 1.5 square miles (3.9 km²) of it is land and 0.67% is water.
The village is on the shore of Lake Ontario on a point of land on the northwest edge of Sodus Bay, an arm of Lake Ontario. The name “Sodus” reportedly is derived from a native word meaning “gleam on the water.” Another possible origin is the Iroquois “Land of Silver Waters.”
County Road 101 (Lake Road/Lake Avenue) leads into the village from the west. New York State Route 14 has its northern terminus at the village.
Demographics
As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,160 people, 491 households, and 327 families residing in the village. The population density was 778.5 people per square mile (300.6/km²). There were 886 housing units at an average density of 594.6/sq mi (229.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 95.95% White, 1.55% African American, 0.17% Asian, 0.17% from other races, and 2.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.55% of the population.
There were 491 households out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.4% were non-families. 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.83.
In the village the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 30.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 108.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.4 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $39,914, and the median income for a family was $44,600. Males had a median income of $38,667 versus $25,521 for females. The per capita income for the village was $22,642. About 8.2% of families and 13.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.5% of those under age 18 and 10.8% of those age 65 or over.