See photos of the historic Waterford Hotel, which was built in the 1840s: Christine’s Chronicles

by Christine Lorraine Morgan ~ Sept. 29, 2022

One of Erie County’s historic treasures, the Waterford Hotel was built as a private home in the 1840s by Samuel Hutchins. It still stands at 213 High St.

“It was sold at a sheriff’s sale in 1901 for $5,000.00 to a John and Eloise Phelps who made it into the Waterford Hotel,” according to These images were captured on Aug. 27, 2022.

The present-day Waterford Hotel operates as a restaurant/tavern. The interior has touches of its previous splendor combined with modern renovations.

“On November 5, 1903 it was sold to John and Margaret Henry.  The Henrys’ daughter Evangline “Eva” Henry (1884-1971) married Waterford dentist, Dr. Raleigh Barnes (1884-1954) in the Hotel and it was said her veil flowed down the length of the front staircase. It was a such a fabulous wedding that it was talked about for a long time in Waterford,” as explained at

This bay window is accented with ornate woodwork, which appears to be from the original home.

This stunning chandelier illuminates one of the dining areas with an air of historic ambiance.

The beautiful gothic gingerbread trim on the Waterford Hotel tells a story of a different time period, when people rode horses and buggies past its busy downtown location in Waterford.

Star-spangled wrought iron trim adorns areas of the Waterford Hotel’s exterior.

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