Jefferson Township Historical Society
Jefferson Township Historical Society HomeAbout Jefferson Township Historical SocietyJefferson Township Historical Society Veterans MemorialJefferson Township Historical Society White ChurchJefferson Township Historical Society Heritage HallContact Jefferson Township Historical Society

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!

We will be holding a 9/11 Memorial Service, this year and we will honor those who lost their lives on 9/11, those who lost their battle from 9/11 illnesses. We will be praying for those who continue to battle 9/11 related illnesses. We will be honoring Iron workers this year for their dedicated work at ground zero. We are honored once again to welcome back Animal Friends Therapy dogs they will be present to go through out the audience. We are honored to have Senator Camera Bartolotta joining us and speaking. We are also honored to welcome Jim McDonough Iron worker who will also be speaking to us.  More will be added as we get confirmation. We are hoping for many Iron workers to join us. We would love them to participate in the raising and lowering our flag to half staff. May we NEVER FORGET!




The August meeting of the Jefferson Township Historical Society will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 10:00 am in the White Church building located in Eldersville on Fire Road across from the fire hall. If you are unsure where we are located, type into your GPS the address of 11 Fire Road, Burgettstown, PA 15021.

Guest speaker Clay Kilgore will be returning to do our August program. In March of this year, Clay talked about "Madonna of the Trail: More than just a Memorial to Pioneer Mothers." This time Clay will be talking about the "Underground Railroad".

Clay Kilgore is the Executive Director of the Washington County Historical Society. Prior to assuming the role of Executive Director in 2012, Kilgore served as the Society's Curator for 8 years. Kilgore has also served as Historical Director at the David Bradford House and as a blacksmith at Meadowcroft. In addition, he runs a blacksmithing business, Old Plank Force, creating historical reproductions for reenactors and museums. 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.

September 11th Service: Diane Huggins who is planning the September 11th service said that there would be iron workers and therapy dogs at the service. The service will be held on Sunday, September lOth at 2:00 at the Memorial Site or in the White Church if it rains.

September 16th program: Bill Kerekes will be our guest speaker for our September meeting. He will be talking about how he rebuilt the Phillis Log House and made it into his home. He thought it would be exciting to enter the next millennium living in a house that is more than 200 years old. In 1995, Kerekes bought the former Phillis farm log house that used to be in Cherry Valley. He  immediately tore it down - log by log - with a crane and dump  truck, numbering each piece with a metal tag and moved it to his property in Bulger. He has many stories to share of what he went throush in rebuilding the Phillis Log House. You will not want to miss this interesting meeting. (see more pictures in newsletter linked below)

Saturday October 14, 2017: Our fall field trip will be a tour of the log home rebuilt by Bill Kerekes for his future home. It will be interesting to hear Bill speak at our September meeting and then tour his log home in October. We can car pool from the White Church. The address is 47 Verner Avenue, Bulger, PA 15019. The time will be 1 PM-3PM. Admission is free. Light refreshments served. RSVP/Questions-Call 724 947 5441.

Saturday, October 21, 2017: This will be our regular monthly program and our guest speaker will be Chris Sedlak.

Frank Chorba
He attended our July meeting and joined the Historical Society. He spoke about his interest in the history of Follansbee. He is the author of Follansbee Time Line. He lives in Overland Park, Kansas. He has given us his email address and wants contacted if you happen to have old photos of Follansbee. Is there anyone who has historical pictures of Follansbee? If so, please contact our Secretary, Peggy Strain, 724 947 9015 or and she will get in touch with Frank Chorba. Do you have old photos or an historical passion that you care to share with the Society?

Christmas in the Village: The dates are November 3, 4, and 5. The crafter applications have been mailed and a few have responded. If you are interested in helping or want your own craft table, please call Jean Baltich 1 304 748 6376

Plans are to have a Christmas Party: Several places have been suggested, and the date will be16 December 9 .

Thank you for the donation! The Jefferson Township Historical Society has received a donation in memory of Ben Strain from Blaine Sayre.

Click Here to Download/Print a copy of this newsletter.

View Archives Here.

Click Here to Contact Us with Questions, sign up for our Newsletters or to find information about Make a Contribution.


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!
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 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....
Read More



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

Jefferson Township Historical Society