Municipalities

Jackson Township – Jackson Township surrounds Zelienople on three sides and within the township exists three boroughs – Harmony, Zelienople and Evans City. The township was established in 1854 from portions of Cranberry and Connoquenessing Townships. At the time of the 2000 census, the population was around 3600 and is situated on approximately 21 square miles.

Zelienople Borough – Situated on the left bank of Connoquenessing Creek, the borough was incorporated in 1840 and is made of approximately 2.2 square miles. As of the 2003 census, the population was just over 4000. Home to a number of popular festivals and events, Zelienople is a popular tourist attraction for historians.

Harmony Borough – Harmony Borough was established in 1804 and incorporated in 1840. It is located in southern Butler County, about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh. Its Historic District is on the National Registry. In 1909 the International Magazine of Industry published and edition called “Illustrated Butler County; Watch Us Grow.” The magazine referred to Zelienople and Harmony as the “Gems of the Connoquenessing Valley.”

Evans City – Evans City was the name given the borough in 1882 at its incorporation. The community was named after Thomas B. Evans, who laid out the village. Evans City is located east of Zelienople along Route 68 and sits on a township line; therefore it’s partly located in both Jackson and Forward Township. The estimated population in 2003 was close to 2000. The Evans City Cemetery and the borough became popularly known as the place where the 1968 horror film Night of the Living Dead was filmed. The film’s director, George A. Romero, also shot his 1973 film The Crazies in and around Evans City.

Lancaster Township – Lancaster Township is located north of Zelienople between Muddycreek Township and Jackson Township. Lancaster Township was founded in 1796 by pioneer settlers Henry, John, George and Peter Beighley. It covers approximately 14,000 acres or 23 square miles and according to the 2000 census, boasts a population of around 2500. The township building and community park can be found in Middle Lancaster located along Route 19. Middle Lancaster is the only remaining town in Lancaster Township. The historical society is very active and maintains a local history center and museum which is located on Route 19 behind Sally’s Cider Press.

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