The Borough of Beaver became the county seat in 1800 upon the formation of Beaver County, and formalized as a borough by an act of March 27, 1802. By the middle of the 19th century, Beaver was already a thriving town and home to many prominent individuals who would leave their mark on the history of our nation. For more information on the fascinating history of the Beaver Borough, you can visit the Beaver Area Heritage Foundation and Beaver County History websites.
The site of Fort McIntosh is one of the Beaver’s most noteworthy historic treasures. Built in 1778, Fort McIntosh was the first fort of the Continental Army north of the Ohio River. The fort served as the headquarters of the largest army to serve west of the Alleghenies was also the site of the signing of the Treaty of Fort McIntosh of 1785, which opened the northwest and all future U.S. territories to orderly settlement.
Between 1784 and 1785, Fort McIntosh was home to the First American Regiment, making it the first permanent peacetime home of the U.S. Army, except for two small detachments at Fort Pitt and West Point. This unit continues today as the Presidential Honor Guard,
also known as "The Old Guard", part of the 3rd Infantry Regiment.
Award -Winning Beaver Area Heritage Museum
The Beaver Area Heritage Museum opened in 1998, within a restored, 90-year-old
freight station formerly owned by the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad.
The museum exhibits a professional display focused on the 250-year history
of Beaver, and periodic special exhibits of major interest. Named
by the American Association For State and Local History in 1999 as "America's
Best Local History Museum".
Click here to view the Historical Photo Gallery.