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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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The August meeting of the Jefferson Township Historical Society will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 10:00 am in the White Church Building located in Eldersville on Fire Road across from the Jefferson Township Fire Hall.  You can key into a GPS the address of 11 Fire Road, Burgettstown, PA 15021.

“Murder & Mayhem at the Burgettstown Fair” will be the focus of the August program presented by our guest speaker Park Burroughs.  In October 1891, after spending the day at the Burgettstown Fair, Alex Chappel died horribly on his way to his home in the village of Candor.  His death was ruled a homicide by poisoning.  Martin Reed was convicted of the crime but later escaped from Washington County Jail and led authorities on a wild, four-month chase through northern Washington County.  Burroughs will discuss his research in the writing of this story, and he will explain his own personal connections to the Burgettstown area.

Park Burroughs graduated from Washington & Jefferson College in 1971, and after a brief stint at the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida began writing for the Observer-Reporter in 1972.  He became that newspaper’s chief editor in 1987 and served in that capacity until his retirement four years ago.  He continues to work part time for the O-R, however, writing editorials and feature articles.  Three of his historical serials are included in his latest book, “Washington County Murder & Mayhem.”  He is also the author of “Enter, With Torches:  Recollections of a Grumpy Old Editor,” and editor and writer of “200 Years:  Our History through the Pages of the Observer-Reporter.

 We hope that you will come to the meeting.  There will be refreshments.  Everyone is welcome.  You do not have to be a member to attend.

911 Memorial Service The annual 911 Memorial Service will be held on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 at 3:00 pm at the Veterans Memorial Site, Cedar Grove Road in Eldersville, PA.  We are pleased to have an amazing lineup for the program.  Our program this year will be honoring all those who lost their lives and we will dedicate this service to all the WORKING DOGS of 911.  We will have the Weirton Police Department K-9 Unit who will put on a demonstration of their K-9 unit.  We have Allegheny Mountain Search and Rescue Group coming.  There will be 13 members in attendance from their group plus they will have 10 dogs with them.  They will have a person available to speak about how important the work of these dogs and handlers are.  We also have Animal Friends Therapets coming. In attendance from their group will be Stephanie Thompson (dog Maddie) speaking about what therapy dogs do.  Also in attendance from their group will be Rebekah (dog Rosie), Kathryn Bort (dog Dempsey), and Retta Flagg (dog Katie).  The Red Cross speaker will be Pauline Amaismeier Red Cross Volunteer.  We will have Senator Camera Bartolotta in attendance and to speak.   Emma Gragan will be on hand to sing for us once again.  Betty Smith will be doing sign language during the program.  We will have Bag Piper Colin Searfoss Smith coming.  We are anticipating a large crowd.  If anyone has lawn chairs, please bring them for yourself as we may have limited seating. 

Please stay for refreshments after the program at the Jefferson Township Fire Hall. This program has been organized by Diane Huggins.  If you have any suggestions for her, please call her at 724 947 9782.
Work Days We hope that you will help us to beautify the area around the Memorial for getting ready for the 911 Ceremony.  The work days are Friday, August 12th and Friday, September 2nd starting at 9:00 am.

September program On Saturday, September 17, 2016, you are invited to join us for a Field Trip.  If you care to carpool, be at the White Church at 10:00 for a short meeting.  We will start at the Hanover Covered Bridge Festival where Chris Sedlak will be doing a re-enactment.  You may meet us at the Hanover Covered Bridge Festival in front of the stage area around 10:45 if you do not come to the White Church.  From Hanover, we hope to extend our Field Trip to other Covered Bridge Festivals.  Join us for this social day.

IMPORTANT CHANGE OF DATES – Yard Sale – Friday, September 23 & Saturday, September 24  Are you wanting to down size and get rid of a lot of things you have held onto for years?  This is your opportunity to help us while helping yourself to down size.  Come to the August program and as soon as it is over you may bring your items into the White Church.  If that does not work for you, then let us know and we will see what we can do about pick up.  We accept all useable and clean household items.  We accept small furniture.  We do not accept clothes or shoes.  You are welcome to call one of three persons for pick up:  Jean Baltich 1-304 748 6376; Nancy Pienkosky 724 947 4743; and Dave Choman 724 947 2116.

ITEMS STILL FOR SALE We are giving you another chance to purchase items left over from the sale we had on July 2nd.  We are asking for the BEST OFFER for the storage shed next to the museum building.   The storage shed is 8 x 10. We have one refrigerator (good condition) that is at Heritage Hall. You buy you move it.  We have two furnaces. We also have a red sleigh stored at Heritage Hall for sale.  If any or all of these items are of interest to you, please call Dave Choman, 724 947 2116.

“Albert’s Crew – A Historical Perspective, Part II” by Frank Muzopappa is included with this newsletter.  Hopefully you enjoyed reading Albert’s Crew – A Historical Perspective that was included with the July newsletter.  This is Part II and the Historical Society is appreciative that Frank is writing and sharing this information from his personal perspective.  Thank you, Frank, and we look forward to the next article.

Dates to mark on your calendar

Christmas in the Village Craft Festival The dates for the 29th Christmas in the Village this year are November 4, 5, & 6.  Please mark the dates on your calendar.

Christmas Dinner Meeting The date for the Christmas Dinner Meeting will be December 10 at the Eldersville Methodist Church.  Please mark the date on your calendar.

Penowa book for sale

Penowa book  The book on Penowa by Frank Muzopappa can be purchased by contacting his sister-in-law Dorothy Muzopappa at 1 304 748 2503.  The late Andrienne Guiddy had a beauty shop in her home and many of her clients were from Penowa and were overjoyed to purchase through her the Penowa book.  You, too, will be pleased if you buy this book. 

Sound System

The Historical Society is in need of a sound system for when it has services at the Memorial.  Do you have one to give us or can you provide some guidance as to what system would be best and where we can purchase it.


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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