The Fort LeBoeuf Historical Society welcomes you to Waterford, Erie County, Pennsylvania, in the northwest corner of the state, which has played a significant role in our nation’s history. A beautiful area where the eagles fly, the deer play, the black bear roams and men and women of courage, fortitude and spirit continue to reside. Waterford became important because of its proximity to French Creek providing transportation of men, munitions, goods and more as this part of the country started to take root. Dubbed French Creek by a young George Washington, who came in 1753 to tell the French this was British territory and they must leave. He was representing the Virginia Militia and Governor Dinwiddie. The French refusal was the spark that kindled the French and Indian War.
After the French were forced to leave, the British built a fort, which was subsequently burned by the Indians during Pontiac’s Rebellion. This was followed by an American fort, built after the Revolutionary War to protect incoming settlers from possible Indian attacks. The forts are gone now, but vestiges of Waterford’s rich historical past remains with the continued preservation of the Historic Square, located at the south end of Waterford’s Main Street. Waterford’s history is much more than George and forts. A visit to the Historic Square will help you discover things about history and more importantly, the human spirit.
The Fort LeBoeuf Historical Society is dedicated to collecting, protecting, and preserving the history of the Waterford area for the interest and education of present and future generations. As a non-profit organization built entirely of volunteers, they rely on income from a variety of special events, area businesses, community members, donations and grants to maintain their efforts.