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

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History of Quilts
Saturday, July 16, 2022

The July meeting of the Jefferson Township Historical Society will be on Saturday, July 16, 2022 at 10:00 am 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 focus of our July meeting will be on the history of quilts. One of the priceless treasurers in our Museum is an autograph quilt top hand stitched by the young ladies that spent their summer at the Kidd’s Mill boarding house in Jefferson Township, Washington County, PA. The dates of July and August, 1904 are stitched on the quilt. On one of the signature blocks is stitched the name of Isabell Steele. Enclosed is a photo of her signature on the quilt top and the other names stitched on the quilt. She was the mother of Merle Thorley, a familiar name in Eldersville. Merle passed away on Christmas Day 1992. Sometime after his passing, this quilt top was given to the Jefferson Township Historical Society by Shirley Smith. This quilt top will be on display at the meeting on July 16. What a keepsake we have been given to preserve in our Museum. Please attend the meeting and see this quilt.

Peg and Thurman Yost are long time members of the Historical Society and have moved to Pearisburg, VA. Peg has informed us of a quilt they have that was quilted by Thurman’s sister, Lava. Thurman cross stitched Williamsburg buildings onto the quilt.  The quilt is 106 x 88. This quilt is in the Washington County Historical Society registry.

Years ago, no one went to a store to buy blankets, etc. They also didn’t have central heating but a wood stove so it was cold at night. The quilts were mostly made from scraps of material left over from making clothes. Some women were very creative with their designs.

Another custom was for mothers to make several quilts for each of her children to have when they left home to start life as adults. A variation of this custom continues to this day as quilters continue to make heirloom quilts for their children or grandchildren.

Do you have a precious heirloom quilt in your family? Will you share its history with us? Do you remember your grandmother or mother quilting? Many churches had ladies that would gather once a week to do quilting at the church. It is a lost art today, replaced by machines, but we can cherish the memories of the days when our grandmothers or mothers quilted.

We hope to see you at the meeting where there will be refreshments and social time.

CLEANING THE VETERANS MEMORIAL Thank you to all that contributed to our fundraiser for having the Veterans Memorial cleaned. We are pleased to have received a total of $800 in donations. This reduces the amount needed for cleaning the Memorial to $1,600. If you care to contribute, please make your check payable to Jefferson Township Historical Society and mail to Box 383, Burgettstown, PA 15021. Please mark in the memo line that it is for the cleaning of the Memorial.

THANK YOU Thanks to member Ken Boswell for purchasing blinds for the Museum

COVERING THE BLUE Diane has continued to crochet lap blankets for wounded officers. To date they have mailed 1607 blankets. You can read more about Covering the Blue on its website www.coveringtheblue.com. Diane is Diane Baughman on the website. If you have questions, please call Diane at 724 947 9782 or email dhuggins2@verizon.net.

SINCERE CONDOLENCES The Historical Society is saddened to report the death of its long time faithful member Donnie Grey. Donnie M. Grey, 90, of Burgettstown, passed away peacefully Tuesday, June 14, 2022, in the home where he was born. He was born July 17, 1931, in Burgettstown, a son of the late Cecil N. and Frances Valjean Gardner Grey. Donnie will be greatly missed by all who knew him.



Jefferson Township Map - circa 1932
with locations of historical sites noted by Frank Muzopappa.
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Information and Events

The Jefferson Township Historical Society meetings have been cancelled until further notice. 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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