Forty Fort, Pennsylvania

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Forty Fort is a borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 4,579 at the 2000 census. It neighbors the boroughs of Kingston, Wyoming, and Swoyersville. The Wilkes-Barre Wyoming Valley Airport and the Susquehanna River dike are both located in the borough.



Forty Fort was named for a Revolutionary War era fort that the town's original settlers built; there were forty of these settlers, so the town was later named Forty Fort. Forty Fort was prominent in the Pennamite-Yankee War and in the American Revolution. In the vicinity of this fort occurred, in 1778, the Battle of Wyoming. The first forty settlers from Connecticut built the fort, which explains how the borough got its name.

  • Pearce, Annals of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, (Philadelphia, 1860)
  • Smith, History of Wyoming Valley, (Kingston, Pa., 1906)

Forty Fort is home to the oldest building known in all of what is considered northeastern Pennsylvania, the Forty Fort Meeting House, located in the borough's cemetery. The meeting house has survived since the late 18th century. In late October, 2005, Forty Fort's Wyoming Seminary Lower School launched a thus-far successful attempt "to save" the building from damage and preserve it as a recollection of past historic memories of Forty Fort. Forty Fort also hosts the historical Nathan Denison house. Denison served as colonel of the militia for the area during the American Revolution.

Forty Fort has a strong council/weak mayor form of government. Council basically makes all decisions for the borough and the Council President is the head. Joe Chacke is the current Council President.



Four schools are located in Forty Fort:

  • Wyoming Seminary Lower School, a private school suited for pre-K-8th grade
  • Dana Elem. Center (public elementary school)
  • Apple Tree Nursery and Primary School (private school)
  • Dana street elementary(WVW)


Forty Fort is located at 41°17′0″N 75°52′24″W / 41.283333°N 75.87333°W / 41.283333; -75.87333.[1]

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