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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 held on Saturday, SEPTEMBER 15, 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.

Historical Artifacts on Display What historical artifacts do you have in your home that you could bring with you and display at the September meeting? Do you have an item that you could ask those in attendance if they know what it is and if they ever used the item?  You may want to ask if they can guess the significance of the item? What about bringing an item of clothing worn by a Mother or Grandmother.  We encourage participation by those in attendance for an interesting meeting.  What historical artifact can you bring?

History Day in the Museum – “Opening its doors”
Following the display of historical artifacts in the White Church, the Historical Society will open its doors to the Museum to the public.  This is your chance to see the Historical Society collection of artifacts, all of which have been properly logged into the permanent records of the Museum.  This collection has been acquired by donations over the years. The Museum houses a wealth of possessions and wants the public to see what is in it. You may be interested in seeing the collection of the Eldersville grade school class pictures.  Your interest may be in seeing old time work tools.  There are a few tools that we need you to identify. Allow sufficient time to browse and look.  (Note:  The Museum can be opened by making an appointment with Dave Choman 724 947 2116)

Everyone’s Birthday Party Today’s Birthday Party is for YOU.  That’s right.  We all have had or will have a birthday this year so that is why we are celebrating.  We will not ask you how old you are or will be, we just want YOU to be here for the party.   

Covered Bridge Festival After you have attended the historical artifacts display in the White Church and toured the Museum plus joined in your Birthday Party, you may want to attend the Covered Bridge Festival.  Many of the Historical Society plan to attend.

911 MEMORIAL SERVICE The 911 Service, because of inclement weather, has been moved to the White Church building from the Veterans Memorial Site at 6:00 pm. 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. If anyone can help in any way, please contact Diane 724 947 9782.  Refreshments will be served after the Service at the White Church located directly behind the Memorial Site.

Covering the Blue Diane Huggins has reported that 178 Thin Blue Line Lap Covers have been sent out to Wounded Police Officers and Correction Officers since March 8.  There are 28 people crocheting and 289 members.  Donations are needed for yarn and for mailing the covers.   If you donate, please send your check to JTHS Covering the Blue, Box 383, Burgettstown, PA 15021. You will find Diane on Facebook as Diane Baughman. If you have any questions, please call Diane at 724 947 9782 or email

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 were provided to members at the JTHS meeting on August 18. The Order Forms are to be turned in at the September 15th meeting. 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.  If you have questions, you can reach Jamie by phone at 1 740 317 5742, or by email or visit

October program – Field Trip being planned Details will be in the October newsletter. 

Fort Vance Historical Society had to cancel its program for August 30 because guest speaker John Punola, Historian, had a heart attack.  The program titled “What you don’t know about the Civil War” has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 18 at 10:30 am at the Meeting Room in the Burgettstown Community Library, 2 Kerr Street, Burgettstown, PA. Fort Vance Civil War Collection will be available for viewing. Admission is free and light refreshments will be available.  For information call 724 947 5441 or email

Avella History Fair The Fourth Annual History Fair will be on Saturday, September 29 at the Avella VFD Fire Hall, Avella, PA.  There will be local history displays.  Kathryn Slasor will be there to sell and sign her new book.  There is Free Admission and time is 9:00 am until afternoon.  Contact on Facebook or

Christmas in the Village The 31st Christmas in the Village will be November 2, 3 & 4, 2018 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. The theme this year will be “Winter Wonderland.” Light-Up Night Service is Nov. 1, at 7:00 pm at the Eldersville Methodist Church. There will be a Chili Cook Off at the Methodist Church following the noontime Parade. For more information, visit or call Donna at 724 947 2819.


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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