Waterford in Erie County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Fort Le Boeuf
This Monument Marks the Site of
Fort Le Boeuf
Erected by the French in 1752.
As a major representing the governor
of Virginia, came here in 1753, bearing
a letter to the commander of the
fort, warning the French to withdraw
their forces from this region
claimed by Great Britain.
This mission was one of the first links
in the chain of events that settled
forever the dominance of our land
by the Anglo Saxon.
Erected 1921 by The Pennsylvania Historical Commission and the People of Waterford and Friends.
Location. 41° 56.403′ N, 79° 58.974′ W. Marker is in Waterford, Pennsylvania, in Erie County. Marker is on High Street (U.S. 19) north of West 1st Alley, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. This historical marker is located on the south side of the downtown business district, on the west side of the road. It is on the same side of the street, and just west of, the George Washington historical marker that was erected by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission; and just across the street from the state owned and maintained Fort Le Boeuf history museum, along with two historical markers that are dedicated to Fort Le Boeuf. Marker is in this post office area: Waterford PA 16441, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. George Washington (here, next to this marker); Near This Site (here, next to this marker); Site of Fort Le Boeuf (here, next to this marker); Fort Le Boeuf Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Le Boeuf (within shouting distance of this marker); Col. Strong Vincent (within shouting distance of this marker); Presque Isle Portage (approx. 3.3 miles away); French Creek (approx. 3.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Waterford.
More about this marker. This historical marker is affixed to a statue of George Washington which commemorated his mission to Fort Le Boeuf in 1753. With regards to this statue of Washington, there is some controversy as to whether the statue depicts him wearing a uniform of an officer in the British army or whether he was depicted as wearing a uniform of an officer in colonial Virginia's militia. I included several links that represent each perspective of this issue.
Also see . . .
1. George Washington Statue. The statue of George Washington commemorates Major George Washington's public mission to Fort LeBoeuf.
2. George Washington Memorial Park - Waterford, Pennsylvania. This George Washington statue located in a park marking George Washington's visit to the town of Waterford, Pennsylvania.
3. Waterford, Pennsylvania. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Categories. • Colonial Era • Forts, Castles • Military • Settlements & Settlers • War, French and Indian •
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