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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.



SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2024 at 1:00 pm

You are invited to attend a meeting of the Jefferson Township Historical Society on Saturday, June 15, 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.  The Historical Society’s website is For questions you may have, email Peggy Strain at

The program for our June meeting will be presented by the Fort Steuben Chapter of the National Society Daughters of American Revolution.  Mary Ann Jesse will be the guest speaker.  She will talk about DAR’s history, who they are and what they do.

We will be honoring our oldest living member Dorothy Muzopappa at our meeting. Dorothy recently celebrated her 99th birthday.  Dorothy lives with her son Leo and daughter-in-law Cheryl in Apollo, PA. Dorothy misses the Historical Society meetings and would love to hear from you. Dorothy’s address is Dorothy Muzopappa, 3798 Lutheran Church Road, Apollo, PA 15613. Her phone number is 1 304 748 2503. 

Dorothy has a wonderful memory.  When I  told her the DAR would be presenting our program in June, she immediately said her mother was a member.

Dorothy called Peggy’s phone at the time of the Memorial Day Service.  Dorothy listened to the entire Service on Peggy’s phone. The phone was in Peggy’s purse during the Service.

Dorothy has provided us with lots of history.  From information she provided, we have a binder of her family, Lawthers’ Homestead, in our research center in the White Church.  We also have a story Dorothy wrote titled “Walking To Catch a School Bus.”

COVERING the BLUE  Diane Huggins and her committee have continued to crochet lap blankets for wounded police officers. The website is  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

We are looking for ideas for future programs. We welcome your ideas.

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.



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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