Peters Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania

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Peters Township is a township in Washington County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 17,566 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 19.8 square miles (51.2 km²), of which 19.6 square miles (50.7 km²) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) is water. The main thoroughfares in Peters Township are U.S. Route 19 heading North and South, and East McMurray Road heading East and West.

Inner-township neighborhoods

In addition, there are two private Country Clubs within Peters Township: Valley Brook Country Club and Rolling Hills Country Club

Surrounding neighborhoods

History

Peters Township was incorporated in 1781 as one of the 13 original Townships of Washington County when it became part of Pennsylvania. Prior to 1781, the Peters Township area was part of Virginia. Over the years, portions of Peters Township were sectioned off to form other municipalities; eventually, leaving the present configuration of 19.5 square miles (51 km2).

Peters Township was named after William “Indian” Peters. There is uncertainty as to whether Mr. Peters was an Indian or a white man who traded with the Indians of the area. Regardless, the Indian name has long-been associated with Peters Township.

Some of the first settlers were the Wright Brothers (James & Joshua), James Matthews, John Sweringer, Rev. David Phillips, Andrew Dunlevy, Daniel Townsend and Robert Bell. Peters was initially a farming community and then later on coal became a major industry that resulted in the development of Hackett.

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