Reviewing George Washington’s historical presence in Erie County, PA: Christine’s Chronicles

by Christine Lorraine Morgan ~ August 27, 2022

On the south side of Waterford’s Eagle-Hotel stands a life-sized commemoration to the nation’s first President, George Washington, posed in a manner to represent the fulfillment of his first public mission.

The statue of Washington, which was originally unveiled in 1922, previously sat in the middle of town as a patriotic greeting of sorts. It was rededicated yesterday, Aug. 27, a century later, with an unveiling in its own revitalized park next to the Eagle Hotel. Here are some images from that well-attended event.

In December 1753, Washington arrived in the Waterford/Fort LeBeouf area with notice from the governor of Virginia to the French that they were trespassing on British soil. The statue depicts his arm extended, holding his all-important message to the French.

The Eagle-Hotel, or Stone Hotel, was constructed in 1826. The revitalized park where Washington’s 100-year-old statue is presently situated is next to this structure on its south side.

A crowd gathers on Aug. 27, 2022 for the rededication of Washington’s statue in Waterford, PA, which is visible beneath its red-white-and-blue veil in the background.

This historical marker on Route 19 in Waterford near Washington’s statue tells an important story relevant to both national and local history.

Statue of George Washington in Waterford, PA “BEFORE” its unveiling.
Statue of George Washington in Waterford, PA “AFTER” its unveiling on Aug. 27, 2022

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