Washington Township

Jefferson County, Pennsylvania

Washington, the eleventh township, named in honor of the "Father of his Country," was organized in 1839, being taken from Pine Creek. It is bounded on the north by Snyder and Warsaw townships; on the east by Clearfield county; on the south by Winslow township, and on the west by Pine Creek and Warsaw.

Washington is one of the largest townships in the county. Its surface area is about fifty square miles, or nearly one-twelfth of the entire surface area of the county. It is over seven miles long from north to south, at its longest part and nearly nine miles wide, from east to west at its widest part.

Early Settlers -- In 1824 Henry Keys, Alexander Osborn, John McIntosh, John McGhee and Thomas Moore, first settled in what is now Washington township. To their new home they gave the name of "Beechwoods," from the great quantity of beech trees which they found growing there, an appellation which still clings to the locality. They were followed in 1826 by Andrew Smith, William Cooper and John Wilson, with their families, and in 1829, James Smith, with his family, also located in the Beechwoods. These first settlers came from the eastern counties of Centre and Adams.


Washington Township is a township in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,931 at the 2000 census.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 47.8 square miles (123.7 km²), of which, 47.5 square miles (123.1 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²) of it (0.50%) is water.

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,931 people, 742 households, and 567 families residing in the township. The population density was 40.6 people per square mile (15.7/km²). There were 823 housing units at an average density of 17.3/sq mi (6.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.71% White, 0.31% African American, 0.10% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.47% of the population.

There were 742 households out of which 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.5% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.5% were non-families. 19.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 2.96.

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Westville, PA.  (Front)  Westville Store.  (Center)  Barclay Hotel.
Beechwoods Presbyterian Church, 1911
Beechwoods Class of 1942
Beechwoods High School, 1909