The Town of Porter lies in the northwest corner of Niagara County and is north of the City of Niagara Falls.
for thousands of years inhabited by varying cultures of indigenous peoples, at the time of European encounter, this was territory of the powerful Iroquois Confederacy, based in present-day New York state.
Permanent European-American settlement did not take place until after the American Revolution, about 1801, after most of the Iroquois had been forced to cede their lands to New York and had emigrated to Upper Canada.
The Town of Porter was created in 1812 from the Town of Cambria, but further development was hindered by the War of 1812. The United States' war with Great Britain first included an embargo of trade with Canada, disrupting the local economy. Warfare along the border continued until 1814.