Fairfield Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania

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Fairfield Township is a township in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. The population was 2,659 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Williamsport, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

The exact date of the formation of Fairfield Township is not known, but court records point to sometime between August 1825 and December 1826. A petition for the division of Muncy Township was read in court in August 1825. Historical records do not record when the township was formed, but court documents cite Fairfield Township as the residence of a defendant in a lawsuit in a Columbia County court session in 1826.[3]

John Andrew Shulze retired to Fairfield Township following his 1823-1829 term as governor of Pennsylvania. Shulze bought 500 acres (2.0 km2) in western Fairfield Township, now part of Montoursville for $12,000. His plan was to spend his retirement farming in the West Branch Susquehanna Valley. Shulze quickly made am impact in Fairfield Township. He built a brick house on his farm and donated an acre of land for the construction of Union Church which was shared by the Lutheran and Presbyterian congregations of Montoursville and Fairfield Township. Ultimately Shulze's time in Fairfield Township can be described as a sad failure. His repeated attempts at farming were unsuccessful. He also lost a lawsuit filed by William Cameron of Lewisburg for $3,835.49. Shulze was apparently unable to pay the suit and his property was seized and sold to pay his debt. Governor Shulze then took up residence in Montoursiville, lost even more lawsuits and eventually moved to Lancaster in 1846 where he lived until his death in 1852.[3] As of 2007, Schulze's Montoursville home is the "Governor Schulze House" Bed and Breakfast".[4]

Fairfield Township's population has grown since the 1890 census when 468 citizens were counted. The census of 2000 counted 2,659 citizens. Fairfield Township has many residential neighborhoods that are contiguous with the neighboring borough of Montoursivlle.

Geography

Fairfield Township is bordered by Upper Fairfield Township to the north, Muncy Township to the east and the West Branch Susquehanna River to the south. The western border is bounded by Montoursville and Loyalsock Creek which forms the border with Loyalsock Township to the west.[5] As the crow flies, Lycoming County is about 130 miles (209 km) northwest of Philadelphia and 165 miles (266 km) east-northeast of Pittsburgh.

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