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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 18, 2018 at 10:00 am in the White Church building located in Eldersville on Fire Road across from the fire hall.  Type into your GPS, 12 Fire Road, Burgettstown, PA 15021.

Guest speaker for our August 18 meeting will be Metal Detectorist, Rob Hilt. The focus of the meeting will be “Rob’s Relic Recovery”- Saving History through Metal Detecting.  We encourage you to come to the meeting and find out what Rob has found through Metal Detecting.  You will be pleasantly surprised to find that he will have 20 to 30 display boxes housing relics dating from the 1600’s to the present time. Everyone is invited to attend the meeting.  You do not have to be a member to attend.  Refreshments will be provided.

Premier Designs Jewelry Fundraising Campaign – JTHS member Jamie Copenhaver-Cribbs, Independent Consultant for Premier Designs Jewelry, is offering her services and expertise by having a Premier Designs Jewelry Fundraising Campaign for two months.

Catalogs, order forms and instructions will be provided to members at the JTHS meeting on August 18. She will have a display of some of the jewelry for viewing.  Each member who submits orders for $200 plus will be eligible for a free piece of jewelry of their choice with a retail value of up to $50. Each additional $200 in orders will earn an additional $50 in free jewelry to that member (the one who collects and submits the orders).

Online ordering is available for orders from people who do not live in the area.

For questions and more information you can reach Jamie by phone 1 740 317 5742, or by email or visit   

911 MEMORIAL SERVICE The 911 Memorial Service will be September 11, 2018, at 6:00 pm at Eldersville Veterans Memorial Site, Cedar Grove Road, Eldersville, PA.  We will be honoring all Police Officers who serve now and those we lost on 911.  Senator Camera Bartolotta will be the guest speaker.  This Service is our way of thanking all Police Officers for their service. Diane who is planning the Service said that a couple of Police Officers are needed to raise our flag given by a 911 family member.  If anyone can help in any way including suggestions for the program, please contact Diane 724 947 9782.  Refreshments will be served after the Service at the White Church located directly behind the Memorial Site.

WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT THE CIVIL WAR is a program that will be presented by guest speaker, John Punola, Historian, on Thursday, August 30, 2018, at 10:30 am at the Meeting Room in the Burgettstown Community Library, 2 Kerr Street, Burgettstown, PA, sponsored by Fort Vance Historical Society.  Admission is free and light refreshments will be available.  For information call 724 947 5441 or email

THANKS to Janice Bell for organizing and setting up a nice display of historical artifacts at the Panhandle Trail Festival on July 21 and having ice cream sandwiches and popsicles to sell. It was a great opportunity to talk to people and tell them about the Historical Society.  We all need to do our part in promoting our Society.

THANKS also to Diane Huggins Baughman for promoting Covering the Blue at the Panhandle Trail Festival and at the Community Day at Paris Presbyterian Church on August 4. While at the Community Day table, Diane was interviewed by Channel 9.  Covering the Blue is a dedicated group of people covering Wounded Police Officers and Correction Officers with Thin Line Lap Blankets nationwide.  These Lap Blankets are crochet and more people crocheting are needed.  Donations are also needed for mailing blankets.  If you can donate, please send your check to JTHS Covering the Blue, Box 383, Burgettstown, PA 15021.  If you have questions, please call Diane at 724 947 9782 or email

JTHS MUSEUM You are invited to walk through the JTHS Museum after the meeting on September 15. You will find a wall of elementary classroom pictures from the Eldersville Grade School. You will find a wall of antique tools some of which you may be able to identify for us.  Visiting the Museum is a walk down memory lane of artifacts used by our ancestors.  We look forward to showing you what we have in the Museum.

GET WELL WISHES Carl Patsche has let us know that Kathyrn Slasor had a heart attack in June.  We send our get well wishes to Kathyrn.

OUR SINCERE SYMPATHY is extended to the family of Howard Kerr who passed away July 22, 2018.


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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