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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 OCTOBER meeting of the Jefferson Township Historical Society will be on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2019 at 10:00 am in the White Church building located in Eldersville on Fire Road across from the fire hall.  GPS address is 12 Fire Road, Burgettstown, PA 15021.

OCTOBER PROGRAM Guest speaker will be TONY LAVORGNE, noted author, researcher, and podcaster of the paranormal.  He has just released his latest book, “Astonishing Tales of Pennsylvania:  Curiosities, Curses, and Creatures.”

Tales of the supernatural thrive in Pennsylvania, from stories of properties haunted by specters whose demeanor is unknown, to small towns that have been plagued with tragedies and misfortunes, to sightings of strange creatures from beyond.  Join Tony Lavorgne (pronounced: lah-vorn-nah) as he goes in search of the truths behind these astonishing tales.

Tony Lavorgne presents you with well researched and documented facts of mysterious sightings, authentic eyewitness accounts, and inexplicable paranormal phenomena – right here in our own communities.  After reading his book, you will appreciate these astonishing tales as a valuable part of our culture; they are, indeed, important to our understanding of ourselves, and we owe Mr. Lavorgne a debt of gratitude for capturing, preserving, and sharing this rich social history.

We hope to see you at the meeting.  Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be available.

MUSEUM OPENED Upon request the Museum will be opened following the meeting.  This is your opportunity to see the history preserved in our Museum.

ELECTION of OFFICERS and DIRECTORS The Nominating Committee will present the slate of Officers and Directors to be voted on at the October meeting.  A paper ballot will be provided for all members to vote. Installation will be at the Christmas Dinner Meeting.

CHRISTMAS DINNER MEETING The annual Christmas Dinner meeting will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019 beginning at noon with Hors d’oeuvres and dinner at 1:00 at Walden’s Restaurant in Burgettstown.  It will be a buffet style dinner in vintage surroundings. Music will be provided by Kathy Billie.  You can expect to receive a separate letter and reservation form about the Dinner.  You are welcome to bring a guest.  If you have any questions, please call Jean Baltich at 1-304-748-6376.

CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE  Reminder that Christmas in the Village opens with “Light Up Night” at the Eldersville Methodist Church on Thursday, October 31 at 7:30 pm.  The Festival will be Friday, November 1, 2019 thru Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day.  The Parade is at noon on Saturday.  The White Church will be filled with crafters.  This is the 32nd year for Christmas in the Village.  We hope you are planning to attend.  If you have any questions, please call Jean Baltich 1-304-748-6376.

COVERING THE BLUE This is a group organized by Diane Huggins that crochets lap blankets for wounded Officers.  To date, they have mailed out over 780 lap blankets.  There work is never done because there are officers being injured every day throughout the country. They are very busy crocheting these blankets.  If you care to donate to this group, you can do so by mailing a check payable to Covering the Blue/JTHS and mail to Jefferson Township Historical Society, Box 383, Burgettstown, PA 15021.  If you have any questions about Covering the Blue, please contact Diane at 724 947 9782 or email

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 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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