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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 SEPTEMBER meeting of the Jefferson Township Historical Society will be on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2019 at 10:00 am in the White Church building located in Eldersville on Fire Road across from the fire hall.  GPS address is 12 Fire Road, Burgettstown, PA 15021.

SEPTEMBER PROGRAM Guest speaker Clay Kilgore will be returning to do our September program.  He will talk on the Pennsylvania / Virginia land disputes.  He plans to talk about the fighting between PA and VA over the border and the conflicts that occurred between settlers from each state because of overlapping land grants.

Clay Kilgore is the Executive Director of Washington County Historical Society.  Kilgore has served as Historical Director at the David Bradford House and as a blacksmith at Meadowcroft.  Kilgore is a member of the Whiskey Rebellion Festival Committee where he is responsible for helping plan the historical street theatre and reenactments.

You do not have to be a member of the Society to attend any of our meetings. We welcome everyone, all ages. Please come and enjoy a good program, fellowship and refreshments.

MUSEUM OPENED THE Museum will be opened following the meeting.  This is your opportunity to see the history preserved in our Museum.

THANKS to Diane Huggins for the excellent job done of organizing and handling the 911 Service on Sunday, September 8. 

OCTOBER PROGRAM Guest speaker Tony Lavorgne will be returning to do our October program.  He will be discussing his latest book. 

ELECTION of OFFICERS and DIRECTORS The Nominating Committee has been busy preparing a slate of officers awaiting your vote at the October meeting.  Installation of the Officers and Directors will be at the December Dinner Meeting.

CHRISTMAS DINNER MEETING The annual Christmas Dinner meeting will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019 beginning at noon and will be again held at Walden’s Restaurant in Burgettstown.  It will be a buffet style dinner in vintage surroundings.  We will have hors d’oeuvres at noon and dinner at 1:00 pm.  Music will be provided by Kathy Billie.  A letter and reservation form will be mailed later.

COVERING THE BLUE This is a group organized by Diane Huggins that crochet lap blankets for wounded Officers.  To date, they have mailed out over 720 lap blankets.  There work is never done because there are officers being injured every day throughout the country. They are very busy crocheting these blankets.  If you care to donate to this group, you can do so by mailing a check payable to Covering the Blue/JTHS and mail to Jefferson Township Historical Society, Box 383, Burgettstown, PA 15021.  If you have any questions about Covering the Blue, please contact Diane at 724 947 9782 or email

The 5th Annual History Fair in Avella scheduled for Saturday, September 28 has been cancelled.

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 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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