From a primitive French fort visited by George Washington on his first government assignment to the birthplace of Gen. Strong Vincent, one of Gettysburg’s most notable heroes, Waterford has always had its place in shaping America as a nation. Visionaries, such as Thomas King, Amos Judson, and others, invested in Waterford by building the Eagle Hotel, stores, banks, and the Waterford Academy, Erie County’s first school of higher education. Lake LeBoeuf, with its beauty and great fishing, made Waterford a well-known summer resort area.
Today, there are a variety of businesses and a fine farming industry, the rewards of which can be seen at the local community fair in September. The surrounding area raises extensive crops of corn, potatoes, cabbage, and soybeans, and the downtown area offers fine eating establishments along with quaint antique and gift shops.
Highlights of Around Waterford:
• All profits from the sales of the book will benefit the Fort LeBoeuf Historical Society.
• Images in the book are from the collections of local residents and from the historical society.
• Waterford was the first northern town to be commissioned. It was used as a model to lay out the city of Erie.
• Waterford played a vital role in the Civil War since it was the major recruitment center for the territory.
• Waterford was an attractive tourist destination, known for its trophy muskie fishing and mineral springs.
Rosalee Holzer is the secretary and past president of the Fort LeBoeuf Historical Society (FLHS). Dorris Proctor, an original member of the FLHS, was a genealogist, Judson House Museum coordinator, and now consults for the society. Lisa Grygier is assistant vice president of a plastics injection molding company in Erie. A newer member of the FLHS, she contributes her fine computer skills and keen interest in local history. The Fort LeBoeuf Historical Society has selected the best images from its extensive photographic archives and called on its most knowledgeable members to narrate this visual journey through Waterford’s noble history.
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