McVeytown, Pennsylvania

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McVeytown, formerly Waynesburg, was settled in 1762, laid out in 1795[1] and incorporated in 1833.[2] It is located in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 405 at the 2000 census. The "Father of Pennsylvania Forestry", Dr. Joseph Rothrock was born in McVeytown on April 9, 1839. He was largely responsible for the acquisition of the lands that became Pennsylvania state parks and forests, including Rothrock State Forest.


General information

  • ZIP Code: 17051
  • Area Code: 717
  • Local Phone Exchange: 899


The settlement of what is now McVeytown was begun by Samuel Holliday in 1755. But it wasn’t until 1762 that he settled in permanently and not until 1795 that the town of Waynesburg (present day McVeytown) was laid out. John McVey owned the land and was the founder of McVeytown.

Samuel, Adam, John and William Holliday, and his two sisters, Elizabeth and Nancy and the latter of who would become the wife of Andrew Bratton, emigrated to the U.S. about 1745 and located on the “manor” of Lancaster County moved later to moved to Conococheague what is now present day Franklin County and John removed to Path Valley where he lived and died. Adam and William took up land at Hollidaysburg, and it was from him that the borough took its name. In early 1775, Samuel Holliday and Andrew Bratton, just after the new purchase of the Indians, went out into that region in search for land to settle. After they made a decision on the land, they went to the Land-Office, at the time was located in Philadelphia, and in 1775 received their warrants. Bratton in what is now Bratton Township, and Holliday at what is now McVeytown and vicinity.[1]

Country Memories Day

McVeytown holds an annual street fair called Country Memories Day. The event is held on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend each year. Local businesses and many artists/crafters put out stands to sell crafts and the borough’s churches have charity events. Rothrock Fair McVeytown held an annual fair for thirty-six years, but in 2006 was shutdown due to a fund deficit. McVeytown Playground Officials hope for the fair to be revived by 2010.

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