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Welcome to Jefferson Township Historical Society

The purpose of the Jefferson Township Historical Society (“Society”) shall be to bring together those people interested in history, and especially in the history of Jefferson Township and surrounding areas. Understanding the history of our community is basic to our democratic way of life, gives us a better understanding of our state and nation, and promotes a better appreciation of our American heritage. Read More about JTHS

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It is with sadness that we have to tell you that Judy Cooper has passed on Sunday, 9/11/16 after a very long illness.

Judy and her family were from Snowden, Pennsylvania but she lived many years in Hull, Massachusetts.  After moving back here in 2003 she became a very active member of the historical society

Judy quickly became the Jefferson Township Historical Society Historian, a position she held for many years because she had a great passion for history and for our military veterans.  Both her father and brother were veterans so she developed that passion early.

You would always see Judy with her camera, taking pictures of every event like Christmas in the Village as well as at the meetings, documenting the presentations and then she put those photos in albums for our current members and future members to see.

Judy spent long hours at her computer researching history and the military history of our local veterans which she hoped to put in albums for the future.  She felt it was very important for our young people and future generations to understand history and the sacrifices that our military veterans have given for our country.

It is very fitting that she passed on 9/11, a date that she held sacred as we all should. She would have been proud of the service we held at the Veteran’s Monument that afternoon.

September  2016 Newsletter

The membership meeting on September 17, 2016 will be our field trip to the Covered Bridge Festivals.  We will meet at The White Church on Fire House Road across from the Eldersville Fire Station at 10am for a short meeting and then car pool to the Hanover Covered Bridge Festival where Chris Sedlak will be doing a re-enactment.  If you do not come to the White Church meet us at the Hanover Covered Bridge around 10:45 in front of the stage area where we are to meet Chris and he can introduce us to the Iron City Guards, Living History Encampment.  At 11:30 there will be a firing of the guns and cannons before we go to the encampments. There will be an encampment representing each of the following :  Civil war, War of 1812, War of 1870, WWl, WWll. Each area has a specialist on that war who can explain everything to us as we travel from encampment to encampment. We can go to each as a group or go as individuals and ask questions and see the artifacts that were particular to each period.  From there we plan to go to other Bridge Festivals. 

The 9/11 Memorial Service will be on Sunday, September 11 at 3:00 pm at the Veteran’s Memorial on Cedar Grove Road in Eldersville. We will be honoring all those who lost their lives on 9/11 and we will dedicate this service to all the WORKING DOGs OF 9/11.  We will have K-9 units, Rescue dogs, and therapy dogs. You don’t want to miss this very special service.  It is recommended that you bring a chair as we expect a large crowd to be there. Coffee and donuts will be served in the Fire Hall after the service.

The yard sale will be September 23 and 24.  If you are going to down size or have a lot of items that you no longer need or use bring them to the White Church for the yard sale. All items become the property of the Jefferson Township Historical Society,  This is a fund raiser for the Historical Society . We accept small furniture, useable and clean household items. We do not accept clothes or shoes. If you need items to be picked up you can call Jean Baltich at 1-304 748 6376; Nancy Pienkosky 724 947 4743 ; and Dave Choman 724 947 2116.

The Avella History Fair will be at the Avella Fire Hall on Rt 50 in Avella on Sept 24, 2016.  It is from 9am until afternoon.  There is no admission fee. Catherine Slasor is going to be there and will have a book signing for her book “Under the Sugar Tree”. There will also be a car cruise.  Food will be provided by St. Michael’s Church

The American Indian Heritage at Meadowcroft  Rockshelter and Historic Village  in Avella will also be held on the same week-end. Why not enjoy both.

Christmas in the Village Craft Festival is quickly approaching.  It is November 4, 5 & 6. See the enclosed fliers for more information.

Our Christmas Dinner Meeting will be December 10 at the Eldersville Methodist Church.

We still have a few copies of the Penowa book.  Contact Dorothy Muzopappa at 1 304 748 2503 or come to one of our monthly meetings if you want a book.

Jefferson Township Map - circa 1932
with locations of historical sites noted by Frank Muzopappa.
Click Here to Download a copy of the Map.

Information and Events

The Jefferson Township Historical Society meets at the White Church the third Saturday of every month at 10:00 am.
We will be providing information for the meetings each month. Christmas in the Village is the Historical Society’s biggest fundraiser of the year, look for 216 information soon!
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Buildings and Monuments

~ Veterans Memorial

It was February 2004 when the Board members of the Jefferson Township Historical Society had a vision for a Veterans Memorial in Eldersville. They owned property where a Memorial could be built. There was a Jefferson Township Honor Roll in front of the former Eldersville Grade School.... Read More

~ The White Church

The White Church is uniquely located in a tri-state area attracting visitors from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. It has been awarded historic landmark designations by the Washington County History and Landmark Foundation for The White Church, built in 1844 and Heritage Hall, built 1876. The White Church Building is a useful site for community events and its monthly meetings and Heritage Hall houses its museum.... Read More

~ Heritage Hall

Heritage Hall is located at 493 Eldersville Road, Burgettstown, PA 15021. In 2012 the Washington County History and Landmarks Foundation awarded Historic Landmark Designations for the Society’s two buildings: Heritage Hall and The White Church....
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A contribution of any size is welcome for this worthwhile and commendable White Church Preservation Project. You may mail your contribution to Jefferson Township Historical Society, White Church Project, Box 383, Burgettstown, PA 15021 or contact Frank Malardie, Treasurer at

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