The Sullivan Expedition of 1779 passed through this region. The first settlers arrived around 1791.
The Town of Barton was established in 1824. The region was already settled in 1796 when John Shepard bought by the current location of Waverly. It is reported that the town was named after Belva Lockwood of Royalton NY (near Lockport), one of the first female lawyers in the country, the first woman to argue a case before the Supreme Court and the first woman to be on an official ballot running for president of the US in 1884 and 1888.
One of the most interesting points in the town was the J.E. Rodeo Ranch." The 1940s and 1950s were also the heyday of Colonel Jim Eskew's famous J. E. Rodeo organization, the only rodeo ranch east of the Mississippi River. The rodeo traveled throughout the Mid Atlantic and New England states.