Massena is the very heart of industry and commerce in New York State’s North Country region… a region that covers the seven northernmost counties of the Empire State. Nearly 13,000 people call Massena home from our spot along the banks of the mighty St. Lawrence River in the county of St. Lawrence – the largest county in New York State.
Strategically positioned on the Canadian border, we enjoy a warm neighborly relationship with Cornwall, Ontario, Canada to our immediate north and a central location between the New York State cities of Plattsburgh to our east and Watertown to our west.
Named after André Masséna, our Town and Village was first settled around 1792 by French lumberjacks and was one of the first to be incorporated in the county in 1802.
Our economic history developed partly from health spas that tapped into our natural springs, transitioning in modern times to industry and commerce. Today, we are host to a hydroelectric power generating dam operated by the New York Power Authority.
The Saint Lawrence Seaway and Eisenhower Locks have been a local tourist attraction since the channel was completed in 1959. And, not only does the St. Lawrence River provide critical transportation of goods, it is also a summer playground for boating enthusiasts and a highly respected area for fishing.
Whether you are a long-time resident, new to the area or a visitor, we invite you to learn more through the pages of this site and encourage you to take time to enjoy our community on "America's Fourth Coast."