Celebrating 40 years!
The FIRST Township in Allegheny County
History of (Old) Moon Township Historical Society
Moon Township was the first township established in Allegheny County. It was originally much larger, encompassing the territory from Chartiers Creek down the Ohio River to Raccoon Creek, back to Bridgeville and again to Chartiers Creek.
In May 1975, a small group of Moon citizens, interested in the local history, met to discuss the formation of a historical society. The new group was named the Old Moon Township Historical Society in order to include all areas within the boundaries of the original Moon Township.
The group’s first project was to relocate and restore a log house in the area to represent homes of the area’s early settlers. A historic two-story log house, dating from the early 1820s, was located in Washington County, and it was purchased by the Society. Members, their families and friends of all ages, removed exterior materials and gutted the interior of the house, tagging and numbering each individual log. The house was then dismantled and moved to Robin Hill Park as part of the Society’s service project for the nation’s Bicentennial in 1976.
The dedication of the completed log cabin (reduced to one story) took place on August 28, 1983. The entire project took at total of seven years. Funding came slowly through quilting and other craft projects sold by the ladies, and auction of donated antiques and household furnishings, along with individual donations.
Our first president, Dr. Robert Jockers, has authored “Born American,” a short drama on area history, which was produced on video with members, their families and friends playing all of the parts. The editing and post-production was done at MCA-TV, where copies are available by calling 412-269-1191.
Membership in the Old Moon Township Historical Society is always open.
Many of the Society’s members made written contributions to a Moon Township history book which was published by the Moon Bicentennial Book Committee.
Under sponsorship of the Historical Society, Dr. Jockers authored a book on Moon Township History called “Forgotten Past.” The initial printing sold out quickly, but copies are now available from Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble (bn.com).
From the Moon Bicentennial Book:
"The people of Moon Township are bathed in a warm light, which born in the essence of an arrowhead, reveals a proud spirit and a welcoming nature. For in these people blooms the wondrous faith in the future that only comes from welcoming the past."
The word "OLD" or "OLDE" has technically been dropped from the original name of the Old Moon Township Historical Society....
Our Moon Township Historical Society barcode:
Moon Township Historical Society
(To enlarge the sign, just click on the bottom right hand side of the image.)
This Pennsylvania Historical Marker of Joshua Meeks, can be found while driving along busy Beaver Grade Road in Moon Township, where the Meeks family homestead was located.
Here is a Meek/Meeks Family geneaology:
The Society’s mission is to research and accumulate data, educate as well as to promote and preserve what we can of our local historical heritage.
We encompass 24.2 miles, and are home to approximately 24,000 residents. Our Moon Area School District serves 3,700 students from both Moon and Crescent Townships in seven buildings: one High School, one Middle School and five elementary schools. We're proud to say we have a great location, being only 15 miles away from Pittsburgh to the east, and only a few miles west to the Pittsburgh International Airport. We're also home to Robert Morris University and many major international companies. Its a great place to live, work, pray!
Arrowhead pix by Michelle Edwards-Longway. Click the bottom right hand corner to enlarge.
Coventry Cabin in Moon Township's Robin Hill.
This book was written by Mark Berton, who was our guest speaker this year on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 6:30 PM.
Mark wrote @ Moon Township in 2007:
"As one of the seven original townships of Allegheny County, Moon Township has a long and rich history. From the humble home of Joshua, John, and Jacob Meek in what is now Crescent Township to the Stoops House, owned by 19th-century riverboat captain William Stoops, today's Moon Township is a byproduct of these modest roots.
Formed in 1788, Moon Township's history crosses borders into neighboring Findlay and Crescent Townships, which once comprised Moon.
Today Moon Township is recognized as one of the most bustling and vibrant communities in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. Home to portions of Pittsburgh International Airport, a growing commercial corridor, and hundreds of new families each year, Moon Township is a major player in the future of western Pennsylvania. Through vintage photographs, Moon Township chronicles how this area has changed with the times while preserving as much of its history as possible."
(The photograph on the cover of Mark's book features the Sharon Community Presbyterian Church, the OLDEST church in Moon Twp.)