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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

Click Here to learn about the History of The Jefferson Township Historical Society!

All Meetings are on the 3rd Saturday of every month unless cancelled.

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JOURNEY of ELDERSVILLE
BIRCH CREEK FARMERY

SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2024 at 1:00 pm

You are invited to attend a meeting of the Jefferson Township Historical Society on Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 1:00 pm.  The meeting will be in the White Church building located in Eldersville on Fire Road across from the fire hall.  GPS address is 11 Fire Road, Burgettstown, PA 15021,

You can go on the Historical Society’s website if you forget the date or time of the meeting. The address is www.jeffersontwphs.com.  If you would like your newsletter emailed to you, please contact Secretary Peggy Strain at pegfarm7@verizon.net.

JOURNEY of Eldersville BIRCH CREEK FARMERY  At the 1:00 meeting on May 18th, TEDDI (Maslowski) LOMBARDI will be sharing Birch Creek Farmery’s journey from dairy farm to sustainable meat production. Topics will briefly cover what type of animals they raise for meat, challenges in farming on rolling hills, and their sustainability initiatives. Teddi will discuss what her vision is for their family farm (and other family farms in our area), how we can come together as a community to keep local agriculture thriving, and why it takes a “village” to turn the tide in how food is being produced.

Birch Creek Farmery will soon be opening a farm store on their property by summer, and everyone who attends the talk will receive a coupon code to use at the market. They will have their heritage beef and pork snack sticks and jerky for sale after the talk, or you can swing by their markets on Saturday mornings from 10 am to noon at 451 State Line Road. All questions are welcome during or after the talk.

Teddi Maslowski Lombardi and her husband Chris and their son Remington live on the land that was once Maslowski’s ancestors dairy farm and is today Birch Creek Farmery. Teddi’s parents are Ted and Anita Maslowski. Come to the meeting and learn more about the changes on this Eldersville farm now known as Birch Creek Farmery.

MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE There will be a new look at the Monument for the Annual Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 27, 2024 at 8:45 am.  Planters with flowers will be surrounding the Monument. The Honor Guard plans to arrive at 9:00 so please plan to be there at 8:45 am.  There will be a program at the Monument after the Honor Guard leaves for their next Memorial Service. There will be refreshments at the White Church after the program.

MUSEUM The Museum can be opened upon request following the meeting or Memorial Day Service.

THANK YOU to Paul Dellenbaugh and Becca Prebeg for the excellent job they did in presenting the Civil War program last month.  This was a father and daughter teamwork.  Do we have anyone else willing to do a program?  Do we have any suggestions for a program?

COVERING the BLUE  Diane Huggins and her committee have continued to crochet lap blankets for wounded police officers. The website is www.coveringtheblue.com.  Diane is Diane Baughman on the website. If you have questions about Covering the Blue or the Historical Society, please call Diane at 724 947 9782 or email dhuggins2@verizon.net.

SINCERE CONDOLENCES The Historical Society extends its sincere condolences to its Historian, Debbie Vraninin whose brother, Dennis Sella, suddenly passed away on April 10 and her nephew, Scott Jackson, passed away the next day on April 11.



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

Christmas in the Village is the Historical Society’s biggest fundraiser of the year, look for information soon!
Read more about upcoming events and fundraisers... Read More


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 , 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....

Heritage Hall Update
Heritage Hall, Jefferson Township, was built in 1876 and purchased by the Historical Society in 1990. Over the past thirty years the Society has used the building for monthly meetings, to serve food during Christmas in the Village on the first floor and to house its Museum on the second floor. In 2012 Heritage Hall was awarded historic designation by the Washington County History & Landmarks. In 2014 there was a visual inspection of Heritage Hall by MR Structures, LLC with the recommendation of repairs needed that the Society could not afford. Heritage Hall is now down.

 

Contributions

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.

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