Incorporated in 1867 and the Village of Fairport is located on the historic Erie Canal within the Town of Perinton. The very first use of the Fairport name was recorded in 1829 by a traveler who deemed us a “fair port” in which to stay. For the more than 5,000 residents and over 300 business owners, the Village of Fairport provides a quality of life and opportunity for commerce that’s unmatched by many communities of our size. Just what you might expect from the Crown Jewel of the Erie Canal whose storied past is only matched by the prospects of an even brighter future. From its earliest days, the presence of the waterway helped transform what had once been known as Perrinsville into a very "fair port” for an overnight stay by passing travelers. The railroad came to Fairport in 1853 making this growing community one of the leading centers of transportation and industry of its time in all of Upstate New York. Today, the great packet boats and barges of an earlier era have been replaced by recreational boaters, canoes, kayaks, and tour boats, while the old towpath serves the leisure time interests of bikers, joggers, and walkers alike. With its quiet, tree lined streets, specialty shopping, and front porch friendliness, the Village of Fairport offers contemporary living at its very best. Here, our residents have access to one of the premiere public education systems in the state - not to mention a village library, historical museum, and lush canalside parks.
The Village also features a compatible array of professional and commercial offices, retail businesses, and clean, light industry - all within walking distance of some of the most desirable Victorian-style family neighborhoods in Monroe County. Boaters Paradise: modern overnight docking facilities in the heart of the Village’s rustic business district accommodate more than 30 boats, featuring water and electric services, well-maintained restrooms and showers, and pump-out stations. Helpful dockmasters are on duty during the boating season. Canal Days Festival: each June Fairport’s Canal Days attracts more than 400 arts and crafts exhibitors from the United States and tens of thousands of visitors to one of the most anticipated festivals of its kind. Experience All That Our Village Has to Offer: We’re pleased to have this opportunity to provide information about our cherished community that you may find of particular interest.